Online Perinatal Peer Support Group

Parents expecting a child or who are postpartum up to one year may join a weekly drop-in peer support session! This aims to connect parents in NL from the comfort of their own homes, offering a safe space to provide and receive peer support.

Email onlineperinatalnl@gmail.com for login information.

 

Moderated by Emma Duke (Doula, Social Worker), Dr. Shannon Edison (Psychologist), Dr. Archana Vidyasankar (Psychiatrist).

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!

Family Resource Centres

Pregnant persons may be invited to join a support group and/or enjoy individual supports. Postpartum persons may also be invited to join one of many support groups, or chat with experienced parenting persons and professionals. The Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Family Resource Programs (NLFRP) can help.

Persons can visit the NLFRP to contact the support person in their region. They will look to support your needs.

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.

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.

CHANNAL: Consumers' Health Awareness Network of NL

Community agency led by people who live with mental illness/mental health issues. CHANNAL 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.

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 on breastfeeding support for parents, as well as healthcare providers, and community members.

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. 

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.