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The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate.

To register for the course, visit learninghub.phsa.ca, create an account, and search for "Journey to Perinatal Well Being". 

Webinar: Introduction to "Journey to Perinatal Well Being"

Interested in learning more about the resource? This webinar provides an introduction to a new resource that provides etools & resources to identify & support women with perinatal depression and anxiety. 

Offers information and resources for mothers and health care providers about pregnancy. They also provide counselling support through several helplines, which share evidence-based information with women and health care providers.

This online course is intended for primary care providers and provides a basic overview of perinatal depression and anxiety; including common risk factors, screening, treatment approaches, and treatment planning. Through evidence-based material, quizzes, and interactive video vignettes learners will gain an understanding of the importance of routinely screening for perinatal depression and anxiety. The online course is free and open to all healthcare practitioners: 1.5 Mainpro+ credits available.

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety are serious but treatable health concerns that affect approximately 16 per cent of women in BC. Untreated, perinatal depression and anxiety can adversely impact the mothers, families and the cognitive, behavioural and emotional development of the child. PND/A may occur anytime during the perinatal period (during pregnancy up to 1 year after the birth of a child).

Perinatal depression and anxiety affect a woman’s mood, behaviour, thoughts, and physical well being. It can impact her relationship with her baby, partner and family. Additionally, perinatal depression is associated with a greater risk of depression in their partners. Early detection, support and treatment are very helpful in managing the illness and minimizing its impact.

 

Depression Signs and Symptoms

Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
Feeling sad most of the day or crying for no reason
Low energy
Sleeping more or less than usual
Not enjoying the baby
Thoughts of harm to self or the baby

Anxiety Signs and Symptoms

Excessive worry
Overdoing activities like washing or cleaning
Feeling upset, fearful or irritable
Difficulty concentrating
Restlessness, trembling or twitching
Shortness of breath
Racing/pounding heart

This website is intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD.  This site also includes information and resources that can be used by professionals to assist families dealing with PPD. 

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mental health worldwide. PSI provides direct support to pregnant and postpartum women and families, training to professionals and volunteers, and a bridge to connect with each other.

The course includes access to a suite of practice tools designed to support public health nurses (and other providers) in working with families experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety:

Quick Reference Guide: a graphic document containing key information from the course for use in daily public health nursing practice, with resources customizable to local practice needs.

Strengthen Your Practice: a summary of the key messages and interventions related to the role of the public health nurse for each of the modules. 

Additional Resources: links to valuable resources are integrated throughout the course. There are resources for health professionals, and mothers and families, including practice resources, guidebooks, toolkits, and helpful websites.

Advanced Group Learning Sessions: practice support materials developed to support Knowledge Coordinators in delivering optional group learning sessions 

Excerpt from the Quick Reference Guide

 

A Healthcare provider making a referral should download, print and fax to the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program when completed.  The Program does not accept online referrals.