A free social networking app for parents. Provides a safe space for parents, expectant parents, and those trying to conceive to build friendships, ask questions and find support. Peanut connects you to others nearby who are at a similar stage in life, and provides access to a community of parents who are there to listen, share information and offer valuable advice. Whether it’s understanding IVF, adoption, pregnancy, first years and beyond, Peanut is a place to connect.
Running in Triangles
Started in 2017 by two sisters with the aim to provide a safe platform for parents to share their postpartum depression stories. The blog contains topics on Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, COVID-19 resources, pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation and general lifestyle topics.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Meditation app with free content on the following meditation sessions: Basics (first 10 sessions); Everyday Headspace/Today's Headspace (3 sessions); Falling Back to Sleep Wind Down. Offering free Headscape plus to those who are unemployed. Resources for healthcare professionals, workplace environments, educators and more.
Free app, CBT-i Coach is for people who are engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with a health provider, or who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. The app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
Insomnia Coach App
Insomnia Coach can be used as a stand-alone education and self-care tool, or as a supplement to professional mental health care. This app is based upon scientific research about how people can change their behaviors and thoughts to improve their sleep.
Insomnia Coach is designed to be used daily for 5 weeks by following the Training Plan. After that, you can continue to use the app to track your sleep and maintain good sleep habits.
Improve your stress, sleep, and more with the world’s first personalized meditation program. Balance is your personal meditation coach. Each day, you’ll answer questions about your meditation experience, goals, and preferences. Using an audio library of thousands of files, Balance then assembles a daily meditation that's perfect for you. The more you share over time, the more personalized and effective your meditations become.
MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life. With four integrated tools, MoodKit helps you to engage in mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, rate and chart mood across time, and create journal entries using custom templates designed to promote well-being.
Buddhify focusses on mobile or on-the-go meditation, which you can do wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. There are traditional formal meditations, for when you have more time. meditations are categorised by what you’re doing or how you’re feeling. So you’ll find guided meditations for Walking, Stress & Difficult Emotion, Work Break, Going to Sleep, Waking Up and many other different categories.
Beating the Blues
Beating the Blues is an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program for individuals with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. This online CBT course enables users to work through modules to learn about and apply the principles of CBT at a time and place to suit each individual.
Fitness & Physical Health
Hot Mama Health + Fitness
Offers a Momma and Me program, this format is a great class for you to bring non-mobile babes to. They stay right with you on a mat, blanket, or snoozing in their carseat. Also classes for postpartum period and for just moms as well depending on location. Located in St. John’s.
The Little Gym
Children's gym in St. John’s offering activities for kids including: parent/child classes; kids dance; gymnastics; sports skills; and karate. They also have a blog featuring posts on: self-care tips for parents at home; keeping your family routine while stuck at home; stress relief for kids.
The Health Improvement after Pregnancy (HIP) Program
A free resource developed by the MotHERS Program to help parents make healthy lifestyle changes in the postpartum period, it includes an exercise plan as well as nutritional advice. The program is designed to be completed at home with minimal equipment.
Books & Podcasts
You Are Not Alone: An anthology of perinatal mental health stories from conception to postpartum
This anthology is about more than postpartum depression. It’s about preconception and pregnancy, too. This book contains stories that span the spectrum of perinatal mental illness including infertility, miscarriage, disability, tokophobia, stillbirth, prenatal and postpartum anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, along with what it’s like to struggle with a perinatal mental illness during an unprecedented global pandemic. This anthology is filled with 49 stories for people across the 49th parallel—and beyond. Perinatal mental illness knows no boundaries. Each author bravely tells their story of their own lived experience in their own words, and many of them have gone on to become fierce advocates themselves. In addition to the personal stories are chapters written by top perinatal mental health experts who were more than happy to contribute their knowledge, expertise, and advice.
Myself Again: The PARENTS Postpartum Survival Guide
“I just don’t feel like myself.” Postpartum depression and anxiety affect 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers, making them the most common birth complications in the U.S. Myself Again is the ultimate survival guide to help navigate emotional challenges after a baby comes home. If you’re a parent with a new baby, you might be exhausted and have little time to yourself. You may only have a few minutes available for reading so the focus is on quick and accessible information to help you through new parenthood. The PARENTS method is uniquely created by the authors to give you straightforward, practical strategies in self-care and emotion management, so that you can get back to feeling like yourself again.
The Little Blue Rocket Ship: A Story About Postpartum Depression
The Little Blue Rocket Ship: A Story About Postpartum Depression is told by a boy who sees changes in his mom after she has a baby. As the boy explores his own feelings and questions, he is reassured by his mom’s continued love for him. Blending together fiction storytelling with supportive communication strategies, The Little Blue Rocket Ship encourages open dialogue about postpartum depression between family members.
Beyond Postpartum Podcast
Beyond Postpartum, the official podcast of the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, shares stories of resilience and recovery from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety in Vancouver for over 45 years.
Perinatal Wellbeing Podcast
Welcome to The Perinatal Wellbeing Podcast. The goal of this podcast is to talk openly and honestly about Perinatal Wellbeing including Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, fertility challenges, traumatic birth, neonatal, infant and pregnancy loss as well as any challenges that birthing people, their partners and families experience during the Perinatal Period. This will also include physical, emotional and sexual health.
Happy as a Mother: Do Motherhood Differently
Erica is a registered psychotherapist, sought-after maternal mental health specialist, and is the founder of Happy as a Mother. She has been practicing for over 10 years and is a regular media contributor. Erica helps women adjust to and manage the load of motherhood with her popular Happy as a Mother podcast, Instagram platform, and online therapy services. She is passionate about supporting moms and helping them embrace their motherhood journey. Erica is a Toronto based mother to three rambunctious young boys that can often be found sharing insights in her Instagram stories. Erica’s work has been featured in the Toronto Star, Scary Mommy, Medium, Pop Sugar, and Romper. Her graphics have been shared by celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Ashley Graham, Nia Long, Hilaria Baldwin, Christy Turlington and Adrienne Bosh.
Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression- By Marie Osmond, Marcia Wilkie, and Judith Moore
Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook- By Pamela Wiegartz
Pregnancy Blues, What every Woman Needs to Know About Depression During Pregnancy- By Dr. S. Misri
When baby brings the blues, Solutions for Postpartum Depression- By Dr. A. Dalfen
Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts - By Karen Kleiman
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing - By David A. Treleaven
Also click on the link for Postpartum Support International's list of books on Postpartum mood disorders.