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The Voices of NL Mothers and Professionals about PMH

A series of clips to provide parents with current information regarding Perinatal Mental Health and provides mothers with information based on what mothers and professionals have said about their Perinatal Mental Health experiences from across the province.

 

Hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. 

Postpartum Support International: NL Support Coordinator 

Connect with PSI support coordinators for the region of Newfoundland and Labrador, Sarah Jones and Emma Duke, to help navigate local resources that best suit your need. Access support through the PSI hotline 1.800.944.4773, or contact information listed. 

 

Momma Moments: Choices for Youth

The Momma Moments Program is a referral based, peer-to-peer support and strengths-based group for young parents or pregnant persons (16-29). It provides parents or pregnant persons and their children with wrap-around support to navigate the challenges of parenthood, which they often face in addition to social isolation, financial demands, and limited social and family support.

​Currently located in St. John's and Conception Bay South, where groups meet once a week for programming that helps with overall wellness - mental, physical, spiritual, and social - for both parent and child. Young parents have access to healthy recreational activities, as well as resources and talks on topics of family building, income supports, mental health, education, nutrition, and more.

Caring for your Mental Wellbeing: a shareable infographic

This great handout summarizes the changes that occurs during the perinatal period and refers to resources local (NL) and beyond to help parents during this critical time. Feel free to download and share!

Parent Child Mother Goose Newfoundland and Labrador

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for families with babies and young children. The program focuses on introducing participants to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories in their everyday lives. The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a preventative, early intervention program that nurtures the attachment between parent and child. It is a free community based program that is fully funded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education, Early Learning and Child Development Division.

Mothers of Avalon

A not for profit providing support and aid to struggling mothers and across NL. Click for more information and events! Can find more details on Facebook and Instagram, a great way to stay connected with other parents in NL!

The Doula Collective

The Doula Collective of NL is dedicated to supporting parents before, during and after birth. An essential part of the healthcare team, doulas support parents throughout the perinatal period. Doulas can help with birth education and preparation, comfort measures, infant feeding options, bonding with baby, infant care, safe sleep support, light housework, and more.
The Doula Collective provides a doula care subsidy program for families in financial need through the Sabiha Fund.

Doula Support in NL

Click here to connect with a list of individual Doula's and see what services they offer to best support you and your families needs!

Strongest Families Institute

Strongest Families Institute (SFI) is an award-winning not-for-profit charitable organization. SFI provides Mental health services to children/youth, adults, and their families, when and where they need it. They provide timely care by teaching positive skills through a distance coaching approach over the phone and internet in the comfort and privacy of the family’s home.

Bridge the gApp

Bridge the gApp is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The best thing about it is its accessibility. From a computer, tablet or a phone in their pocket, individuals can instantly access content that can provide advice, inspiration, assurance, or direction for finding additional supports when it is needed the most. Bridge the gApp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories.

Community agency led by people who live with mental illness/mental health issues. Lifewise offers one on one peer support, group peer support and public education and training.

The Beacon Centre

The Beacon Centre is a large group-practice made up of clinical psychologists and associates in St. John's, NL. They offer assessment, therapy, and consultation services for adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. A number of psychologists at the Beacon Centre have a special interest in the mental health of pregnant and parenting persons.    

Mind Matters NL

Mind Matters Psychological Services is a private therapy practice located on Bond Street in St. John's. They focus on the individual needs of clients, and on making a caring and safe environment. Kayla Barbour has a special interest in the mental health of pregnant and parenting persons and uses mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help new parents care for their mental health.

Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador

Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador is the provincial association for midwives in NL which promotes midwifery, and advocates for publicly funded midwifery that is accessible to childbearing families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Resources, and contact information for midwifes practicing in the Central Regional Health Authority are listed on the website.

Dr. Archana Vidyasankar

Dr. Archana Vidyasankar is a Psychiatrist located in St. John's. She has a practice that encompasses perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the areas of fertility, loss, pregnancy and postpartum. Also available is preconception counseling and treatment of women's health across the lifespan such as menopause and pmdd. Contact your health care professional for more information!

Baby Friendly NL

Baby Friendly NL are a team with healthcare providers and members throughout NL. They aim to increase the number of persons who start breastfeeding, and the length of time that persons breastfeed in NL. They offer many resources (online and in-personon breastfeeding support for parents, as well as healthcare providers, and community members.

Brenna McClinktock

My goal in therapy is to create a relationship built on safety, trust, and hope, where people feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways. I’m passionate about supporting parents in growing, healing, changing, and discovering more ease in themselves and in their relationships.

I bring to my work as a perinatal trauma therapist the full winding path of my own professional and personal journey. I have a background in child development, and I have supported parents with parenting challenges and in building solid foundations in attachment with their young children for almost a decade. I have also worked therapeutically with young children to support them in resolving early traumatic experiences. My work as a perinatal trauma therapist for moms, birthing people and babies is a culmination of these experiences. I support new moms and birthing people in working through personal experiences with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, panic, postpartum mood disorders, birth trauma and other concerns.

I’m skilled at integrating a wide variety of approaches in therapy sessions. I work with Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, Lifespan Integration, Ego State, inner child and parts work, cognitive-behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and other person-centred and feminist approaches. I can support you in processing through your concerns and working toward your goals when you are considering pregnancy, throughout your pregnancy, and once you’re caring for your baby.

Vitality Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Carolyn Pridham is a pelvic health physiotherapist practicing in the “Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultants" clinic in St. John’s, NL under her business name “Vitality Physiotherapy". Since graduating from Dalhousie in 2015 with her masters, she has focused her continuing education and training in pelvic health. Carolyn treats women of all ages with any type of pelvic floor dysfunction. This includes, but is not limited to women who experience incontinence, prolapse symptoms, pelvic pain, constipation, and diastasis recti. Please click the link to learn more about how physiotherapy can help with your postpartum recovery. 

Alliance Chiropractic Clinic

Dr. Eustace uses joint mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, electrotherapies as well as strengthening and stretching exercises in his practice to manage and treat many different musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. As an advocate for perinatal mental health he sees the connection between physical and emotional health. 

Mama Coach: NL

Looking for personalized holistic care in the comfort of your home? Seeking qualified breastfeeding support? On the hunt for prenatal classes on your schedule? Desperately trying to find sleep for your family? You found it!

Serving all families in the St. John’s and surrounding area in home and all over Canada virtually!

Faces of Fertility

Looking for personalized holistic care in the comfort of your home? Seeking qualified breastfeeding support? On the hunt for prenatal classes on your schedule? Desperately trying to find sleep for your family? You found it!

Serving all families in the St. John’s and surrounding area in home and all over Canada virtually!

Mind Body Mouth

For support with myofunctional therapy, TMJ, tongue ties, connecting oral health and mental health is the foundation for Tiffany Ludwicki and her practice. Contact her for more information and support to help your family, children and infants develop healthy habits from the beginning!

Abortion Support Services Atlantic

We provide non-medical support to anyone seeking abortion care in the Atlantic provinces. 
This may include emotional or peer support, offering rides, gas cards, arranging for a place to stay. We might coordinate with organizations to help you find funding, arrange and pay for flights.
We do not perform clinical tasks, administer medication, or treat/diagnose symptoms. If anything is beyond our scope, we will refer you to a healthcare practitioner.

Laura Strong Counselling Services

Laura Strong is an experienced mental health counsellor with an interest in perinatal mental health and wellness, loss and grief, anxiety, depression and other areas. Available for in person, virtual and e-counselling. Contact her at (709) 770 4975 or lstrongcounselling@gmail.com.

Angela Lily, RMT

In a warm and professional setting, Angela Lily, RMT offers clinical massage therapy treatments for the whole family. The specialized techniques offered can help with anxiety, depression, injury prevention and recovery, reducing stress, and helping individuals feel strong and comfortable.

Angela also offers Infant and Child massage with the option for instruction for caregivers. This can help with sleep and digestion issues, breastfeeding, immunity, healthy neural development, learning and attention deficits, and facilitates caregivers' joyful bonding with baby. Please call, text, or email to inquire! 709.728.7680 and lilymassagetherapy1@gmail.com

Alexandria Harvey, RMT

Alexandria Harvey is a local registered massage therapist with an interest in pregnancy and postpartum individuals. Find her at Full Circle Acupuncture and Wellness, book to go over your needs and start a pathway towards wellness! 

Sunny Art Therapy

Providing Art therapy, Counseling & Healing art workshops in Newfoundland for children and adults, with a focus on perinatal parents.

Canadian Mental Health Association of NL

Canadian Mental Health Association of NL is a provincial group of the Canadian Mental Health Association. They have offices in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Stephenville. They help provide many services and supports that support and improve mental health and community togetherness, build strength, and support recovery from mental illness.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder NL (FASDNL)

FASDNL is a provincial organization that educates, networks, and shares resources on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Support and training are available for individuals, families, and professionals affected by FASD in Newfoundland and Labrador.

NL Life with Covid-19

NL Life with COVID-19 is a Government of NL webpage with up-to-date information on public health orders and recommendations, as well as supports and resources for individuals (including new and expectant parents, youth, vulnerable populations), businesses, workplaces, and communities.

Mental Health and Addictions Systems Navigator

The mental health and addictions patient navigator knows about all of the mental health and addictions services provided by the health authorities and the community. The navigator helps individuals to consider options and find the right mental health and addictions service for each individual, and their family. The navigator also connects individuals to necessary services or programs during their mental health journey. Services are available to individuals, families and professionals of any age within Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mental Health & Addictions: Eastern Health

Eastern Health has many mental health and addiction services available for adults. These services can include individual, family and group counseling; addictions support; inpatient treatment; housing options; case management; crisis response; and urgent or emergent care. There are also programs that focus on mental health promotion, prevention and receiving help early on.      

Mental Health & Addictions: Central Health

They provide health promotion and prevention services, and outpatient counseling and assessment services to individuals of all ages. They have inpatient treatments for adults experiencing an acute mental health crisis. They also have NL’s only provincial treatment center for youth experiencing substance use issues. They provide referrals to other agencies and community groups across the province as needed.  

Mental Health & Addictions: Western Health

Mental Health Services provide promotion, education and prevention services, consultation, assessment and counseling services to children, adults, families, groups and communities for mental health/mental illness-related issues. Mental Health Services accepts self referrals or referrals from other agencies. 

Addiction Services is a community-based service which provides education, assessment, counselling and consultation to people with substance use and/or gambling issues, as well as those affected by someone else's alcohol/drug use or gambling behaviours. Services like impaired driving programs, after care, followup, and referrals to other services are provided to individuals, families and in group settings.

Mental Health & Addictions: Labrador - Grenfell

Mental Health Services provide promotion, education and prevention services, consultation, assessment and counseling services to children, adults, families, groups and communities for mental health/mental illness-related issues. Mental Health Services accepts self referrals or referrals from other agencies. 

Addiction Services is a community-based service which provides education, assessment, counselling and consultation to people with substance use and/or gambling issues, as well as those affected by someone else's alcohol/drug use or gambling behaviours. Services like impaired driving programs, after care, followup, and referrals to other services are provided to individuals, families and in group settings.

Health Information: A Guide to Wellness

Eastern Health’s Health Information website has information on a wide range of health and wellness topics for all ages. Topics include family meals, family planning, sexual health, mental health, getting active, and getting immunized.

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Family Resource programs

The Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Family Resource Programs (NLFRP) was formed in 1999 and incorporated in 2000. Membership is open to all family resource programs operating in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Membership consists of non-profit, community-based organizations working with young children, families, and caregivers to enhance strengths to build community capacity to promote healthy families.

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