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Postpartum Mental Health

Postpartum Depression

1 in 5 mothers will have a postpartum mood disorder. You are not alone. It is not your fault. There is hope. There is help. Contact the health unit or any of the contacts listed below if you are concerned about yourself or someone else. It is especially important to monitor if you are experiencing these or other symptoms for two weeks or longer:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Overwhelming fatigue or insomnia
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
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  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network It is important to have help when coping with loss. Know that you aren’t alone. PAIL Network provides free resources, support services and information.  
  • Norfolk Prenatal & Newborn Health Program 519-582-2323 ext. 282
  • Women’s Health Concerns Clinic Hamilton 905-522-1155 ext. 33979
  • Your health care provider (family physician, midwife, nurse, OB/GYN, psychiatrist, private therapist)
  • CAST (Crisis Assessment and Support Team) 1-866-487-2278 (24 hrs)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Haldimand-Norfolk Branch 1-888-750-7778
  • Any hospital, by phone or in-person at the Emergency Department