The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that up to 20% of new mothers experience Perinatal Mental Health Disorders.
Perinatal Mental Health Disorders can impact any birthing parent and their partner – and it can begin in pregnancy. They can be impacted by many different factors that work together, including family history, biology, personality, life experiences, and possible history of mental health struggles. They can include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and scary thoughts.
Perinatal Mental Health Disorders can range from mild to severe. Becoming a new parent is hard, and the added challenges of depression and anxiety can be overwhelming. You are doing the best you can, and the PMH team is here to support you through your journey.