Hello and Welcome to my blog. I am glad that you are here.

I am a mom who has experienced Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD). I am now a Postpartum Depression Awareness & Support Activist.

I entitled my blog "It Takes A Village" in reference to the African proverb that is so commonly known. I feel very strongly that we as a society have set very high standards and expectations of new mothers to take care of their children on their own, without support or help after the first week or so.

I think we have it backwards: New Mom's need respite and support whether they are well or not. We need support and encouragement, and someone to relieve us so that we can get some sleep and time to rejuvienate.

My aim with this blog is to bring awareness to the world, and support to other Moms (and possibly Dads) that are going through this experience. I am passionate about reducing stigma as it creates the barrier that keeps women silent and suffering. I want Moms to feel safe enough to share their story and get the support and help they need to get better.

I encourage you, if you believe you may be experiencing more than the "baby blues" to seek out help. You will not be judged or criticized. The goal of all list here on this blog are to support you and help you heal so that you may live the life you dreamed of with your child.

This blog is a work in progress, please check in often to see more updates and new information!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Support Programs in York Region

Transition to Parenting - through York Region Public Health:
York Region Public Health Nurses provide a 12 week Transition to Parenting education and support program for postpartum and pregnant women. Women experiencing Perinatal Mood Disorders, anxiety and depression or needing support with the adjustment to parenthood would benefit from this program.

 Transition to Parenting Locations:

40 Washington St Markham
Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Contact Health Connection for dates

Richmond Hill
Oakridge's Ontario Early Years Centre
10610 Bayview Avenue, Unit 9, Richmond Hill
Tuesdays 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Contact Health Connection for dates

Ontario Early Years Centre
17310 Yonge Street, Unit 6,
Thursdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Contact Health Connection for dates

The topics to be covered will include:Symptoms and Risk Factors Of Perinatal Mood Disorder
Parenting Expectations
Self Esteem
Relationships after Baby
Understanding Your Emotions
Mind and Body Connection
Rest and Wellness
Building Resiliency in Families

This program is available at no cost to participants

To register for this program:
Please contact the Health Connection Line at: 1-800-361-5653 or Email hc@york.ca with your name and phone number stating your interest in the Transition to Parenting Program and a Public Health Nurse will call you back.

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