Helping MOMS get the support they need
Postpartum Distress, Depression and/or Anxiety
With the arrival or adoption of a new baby, most women hope they will adjust easily. They expect to be tired but overall feel good about themselves and the new addition to their families. However, for about 1 in 5 women, the life and personal changes can be quite distressing. Could it be postpartum distress, depression and/or anxiety? Read more…
Symptoms of this level of distress may include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Excessive crying or worrying
- Intense and overwhelming feelings
- Feeling sad, lonely, hopeless
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Difficulty connecting with your baby
- Anxiety symptoms and possible panic attacks
- Racing or concerning thoughts
- Difficulty in postpartum adjustment
- Feeling that something is not right
You may benefit from attending our MOMS Program. Asking for support takes courage and is definitely not easy, but remember this is often the most important step in your recovery.
MOMS Therapy Support Group
The MOMS Group is an 8 week group program for mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety. This group is designed for women who are noting the signs and symptoms of distress that go beyond the short-term “baby blues” that many women experience after birth.
The MOMS Program offers:
- Trained Mental Health Counsellors
- An opportunity to share with other women experiencing similar challenges
- Discuss postpartum distress, depression, and/or anxiety symptoms
- Explore impact on self and family
- Learn and practice tools for coping and recovery
- Information and support for fathers and partners
When: Please contact our intake worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 117 or by Text Telephone at 613-725-6175 . The intake worker is available by telephone on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue
MOMS Drop-In Support
An opportunity to connect with other moms on a drop-in basis for support and community referrals.
Dates/Time: Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Room 6
Counselling Support Services
We also offer:
- Support and assessment during perinatal period (including pregnancy and postpartum) and referral to community partners
- Parenting information, parenting groups and referrals to community resources
- Individual, couple and family counselling services
Support and Resources for Partners and Supporters
As part of our MOMS Therapy support group, we offer a session for partners/supporters.
Please contact the Intake Worker at 613-725-3601 x117 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Feedback from MOMS Participants
“I really liked the balance between sharing, support and counselling”.
“It took many more months for the PPD to finally clear, but the experiences and tools that I gained from the MOMs group made it possible for me to work through my sad times, my angry times and my times of despair by focusing on what it was that led up to that moment and how to recognize it in the future.”
“I quickly realized that I was in a safe, comfortable and understanding environment of non-judgmental mothers who understood me
and who wanted me to become healthy as much as I did and as much as I wished for them.”
“It was great to having some “me “ time again and get support from other moms having a difficult time too. It was really validating and positive.”
Asking for support takes courage and is definitely not easy, but remember this is often the most important step in your recovery.