Postpartum Support

Postpartum and Perinatal support. Doulas offering hourly, overnight and support for your first days as parents. Perinatal mental health support options for new moms and dads, children from ages 0 to 6 and resources for special populations of Young, LQBTQ+, Indigenous parents. Support for Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Postpartum Doulas

Young Parents


Buns in the Oven

A weekly program designed for young mothers under the age of 25 years old. Available during pregnancy and up until 6 months postpartum. Specifically focuses on nutrition education, nutrition, social support and health education. It involves cooking and eating together, learning about pregnancy and babies, and free food to take home.

To learn about the various sites that offer this program

Email: http://ottawayoungparents.com/buns-in-the-oven/

Phone: 613-725-5152

Young Fathers’ Program

http://ottawayoungparents.com/brighter-futures/for-dads/

Offers weekly group meetings in the evenings, as well as a 10-week parenting program. Twice a month, the meeting offers new dads the chance to play sports, chat and eat together. The other two weeks, the dads bring their baby with them to meet.

Contact: info@ottawayoungparents.com

613-749-4584

St. Mary’s Home

https://stmaryshome.com/

Specialized residential and community support services are provided to marginalized young pregnant women (ages 13-25), young parents and their children. The Centre is a ‘one-stop’ hub of services, health care and educational programs.

Location: 780 rue l’Eglise Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3K7

Phone #: 613-749-2491

Email: info@stmaryshome.com

The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre

https://bethanyhopecentre.org/

This is a multi-service centre that assists pregnant and young parents up to 29 years of age offering health care, counselling, child development programs, etc.

Location: 820 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON

Phone #: 613-725-1733




LGTBQ+


LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon Drop-In

https://familyservicesottawa.org/2018/10/lgbttq-rainbow-families-art-play-afternoon-drop-in-4/

For LGBTTQ+ families and their young children.

Join us in art & play activities while connecting with other families.

Location: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Ave.

For more information, contact: 613-725-3601 ext. 105

Imontroy@familyservicesottawa.org




Indigenous Parents


Minwaashin Lodge Doula Program

For indigenous Youth (12-30)

https://www.minlodge.com/doula-program

Email Annie Miller: akingstonmiller@minlodge.com

Phone #: 613-741-5590 ext. 263

Wabano Health Centre

https://wabano.com/program/

Offers a multitude of programs for the postpartum period and for parents, including: traditional parenting program; parenting circle; postnatal group; WabanoKids! Early years program; Drop-in play groups; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Support group; Circle of Care program, and much more.

Location: 299 Montreal Road Ottawa, ON K1L 6B8

Contact: Megan Thomas, Early Childhood Educator at 613-748-0657 ext. 380 mthomas@wabano.com

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

http://www.odawa.on.ca/programs.html

Provides a multitude of support and programs including Aboriginal Healthy Babies program and the Family Support Program. The Family Support Program consists of services that address child development, from the pre-conception stage, and offer support and parental skills training for parents and youth in urban aboriginal communities.

Family Support Program Contact: Susan Cheecho, 613-722-3811 x280

Aboriginal Healthy Babies Program Contact: Kim Jerome, 613-722-3811 x255

Location; 250 City Centre Avenue Ottawa, Ontario

info@odawa.on.ca

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

https://www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca/programs/

Parenting Program (Canadian Action Program for Children)

The Parenting Program is conducted in six-week cycles in a culturally appropriate setting. It provides a healthy lunch, together with traditional teachings. Guest speakers present on a variety of topics such as public health, legal issues, parenting workshops and personal health care. Inuit elders also share their traditional teachings

Pre-Post-Natal Program (Canadian Pre-Post-Natal Program)

Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s program offers support for pregnant parents and new parents for children up to 18 months old. A healthy lunch suitable for expectant mothers and young children is provided. Discussion topics include the different stages of pregnancy and infant development. Discussions are parent -driven and we invite guest speakers, such as nurses, Ottawa Public Health representatives, diabetes workers and community elders.

Contact: info@tungasuvvingatinuit.ca or (613) 565-5885

Location: 1071 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON K2B 6R2





Perinatal Mental Health

Mom Support Groups


Moms Postpartum Support Drop-in

Offered through Mothercraft Ottawa.

Designed to be a relaxed, engaging and informative opportunity for women to connect and share with other women experiencing postpartum challenges. Every drop-in is adapted to meet the needs of the women present and may include discussions on various postpartum topics with handouts, referrals and resources for ongoing support. Babies under 12 months are welcome to join!

Contact Information:

Courtney Holmes at 613-728-1839 ext. 227

Courtney.Holmes@mothercraft.com

MOMS Therapy Support Group

8 week group program for mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Facilitated by trained mental health counsellors, 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.

Contact Information:

613-725-3601 x108

parenting@familyservicesottawa.org

MOMS Drop-in Support Group

An opportunity to connect with other moms on a drop-in basis for support and community referrals. Babies and support people are welcome.

Contact Information:

613-725-3601 x117

Intake@familyservicesottawa.org




Dads Support Group


New Dads: Providing Postpartum Support Drop-in

Offered through Mothercraft Ottawa. Designed to help dads support their partner through postpartum challenges while balancing their own transition to a new parent. Increases understanding of Perinatal Mental Health, learn coping strategies, research and resources, in a facilitated group setting. Babies under 12 months are welcome to join!

Contact: Courtney Holmes at 613-728-1839 ext. 227

Courtney.Holmes@mothercraft.com

Postpartum Support International (online)

Different resources for fathers and partners that provides informed support and connection




Family Support


Family Services Ottawa Counselling Support Services

Offers support and assessment during the perinatal period and referral to community partners; Parenting information, parenting groups and referrals to community resources; Individual, couple and family counselling services

Contact Information: 613-725-3601 x117

parenting@familyservicesottawa.org

Family Services Ottawa Support and Resources for Partners and Supporters

As part of our MOMS Therapy support group, we offer a session for partners/supporters.

Contact Information: 613-725-3601 x117

intake@familyservicesottawa.org for more information.




The Ottawa Hospital Support


Ottawa Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Clinic

Specialized psychiatric program for individuals with existing or suspected mental health issues who are planning pregnancy, are pregnant, or who are new mothers that are postpartum with issues such as postpartum depression. Multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologist, social worker, nurse. Individual and group therapy.

REFERRAL FROM PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE REQUIRED.

Location: Ottawa Hospital General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

Montfort Hospital Mental Health Clinic

Individual and group therapy with a Psychiatrist specializing in perinatal mental health. Languages Served: French, English (Groups will be Francophone).

REFERRAL FROM PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE REQUIRED.

Location and Contact: Montfort Hospital, 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON K1K 0T2

Phone: 613-746‑4621; In-patient - Ext. 3937; Outpatient - Ext. 3965




Individuals Speciailizing in Perinatal Mental Health


Judy Kiar, M.A., Individual, Couple & Family Therapist

(Also trained in Rapid Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR))

Location: 25 Tapiola Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1T 2J7

Phone: 613-521-8800

Email: : judy@judykiar.com

Michele Glover, M. Ed., CCC, Psychotherapist

Full Circle Counseling

Location: 376 Churchill Avenue N., Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C3

Phone: 613-808-7244

Tina Strutt, M.A., RCC, Psychotherapist

Phone: 613-222-4245

Email: tina@livelifewithconfidence.com

Offers home visits.

Stephanie Irwin, M.A., Psychotherapist

Location: 1690 Woodward Drive, Suite #214, Ottawa, ON K2C 3R8

Phone: 613-228-0800

Languages Offered: English, French

Stephanie Tompkins, C. Psychologist

Specializes in perinatal mental health needs. Typically 4-6 week wait for the first appointment.

Location: 784 Taylor Creek Drive, Orleans, ON K1C 1T1

Phone: 613-889-9104

Email : s.tompkins@taylorcreekpsychology.com

Languages Served: English, French

Rekha Chagarlamudi, MSW, Psychotherapy

Experience with Postpartum Depression and various perinatal mental health issues. Typically 2-3 week wait for initial appointment.

Location: 300 March Road, Suite 302; Kanata, ON

Phone: 613-301-0121

E-mail : rekha@rekhachgarlamudi.com




Online Resources


Postpartum Support International

Free online support group connecting with other parents and provides hepful tools and resources

Can also connect with Support worker - Ottawa Coordinator: Katey Rayner

Email: katey.rayner@gmail.com

Phone #: 613-322-1639





Resources for Special Populations

Young Parents


Buns in the Oven

A weekly program designed for young mothers under the age of 25 years old. Available during pregnancy and up until 6 months postpartum. Specifically focuses on nutrition education, nutrition, social support and health education. It involves cooking and eating together, learning about pregnancy and babies, and free food to take home.

To learn about the various sites that offer this program

Email: http://ottawayoungparents.com/buns-in-the-oven/

Phone: 613-725-5152

Young Fathers’ Program

http://ottawayoungparents.com/brighter-futures/for-dads/

Offers weekly group meetings in the evenings, as well as a 10-week parenting program. Twice a month, the meeting offers new dads the chance to play sports, chat and eat together. The other two weeks, the dads bring their baby with them to meet.

Contact: info@ottawayoungparents.com

613-749-4584

St. Mary’s Home

https://stmaryshome.com/

Specialized residential and community support services are provided to marginalized young pregnant women (ages 13-25), young parents and their children. The Centre is a ‘one-stop’ hub of services, health care and educational programs.

Location: 780 rue l’Eglise Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3K7

Phone #: 613-749-2491

Email: info@stmaryshome.com

The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre

https://bethanyhopecentre.org/

This is a multi-service centre that assists pregnant and young parents up to 29 years of age offering health care, counselling, child development programs, etc.

Location: 820 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON

Phone #: 613-725-1733




LGTBQ+


LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon Drop-In

https://familyservicesottawa.org/2018/10/lgbttq-rainbow-families-art-play-afternoon-drop-in-4/

For LGBTTQ+ families and their young children.

Join us in art & play activities while connecting with other families.

Location: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Ave.

For more information, contact: 613-725-3601 ext. 105

Imontroy@familyservicesottawa.org




Indigenous Parents


Minwaashin Lodge Doula Program

For indigenous Youth (12-30)

https://www.minlodge.com/doula-program

Email Annie Miller: akingstonmiller@minlodge.com

Phone #: 613-741-5590 ext. 263

Wabano Health Centre

https://wabano.com/program/

Offers a multitude of programs for the postpartum period and for parents, including: traditional parenting program; parenting circle; postnatal group; WabanoKids! Early years program; Drop-in play groups; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Support group; Circle of Care program, and much more.

Location: 299 Montreal Road Ottawa, ON K1L 6B8

Contact: Megan Thomas, Early Childhood Educator at 613-748-0657 ext. 380 mthomas@wabano.com

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

http://www.odawa.on.ca/programs.html

Provides a multitude of support and programs including Aboriginal Healthy Babies program and the Family Support Program. The Family Support Program consists of services that address child development, from the pre-conception stage, and offer support and parental skills training for parents and youth in urban aboriginal communities.

Family Support Program Contact: Susan Cheecho, 613-722-3811 x280

Aboriginal Healthy Babies Program Contact: Kim Jerome, 613-722-3811 x255

Location; 250 City Centre Avenue Ottawa, Ontario

info@odawa.on.ca

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

https://www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca/programs/

Parenting Program (Canadian Action Program for Children)

The Parenting Program is conducted in six-week cycles in a culturally appropriate setting. It provides a healthy lunch, together with traditional teachings. Guest speakers present on a variety of topics such as public health, legal issues, parenting workshops and personal health care. Inuit elders also share their traditional teachings

Pre-Post-Natal Program (Canadian Pre-Post-Natal Program)

Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s program offers support for pregnant parents and new parents for children up to 18 months old. A healthy lunch suitable for expectant mothers and young children is provided. Discussion topics include the different stages of pregnancy and infant development. Discussions are parent -driven and we invite guest speakers, such as nurses, Ottawa Public Health representatives, diabetes workers and community elders.

Contact: info@tungasuvvingatinuit.ca or (613) 565-5885

Location: 1071 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON K2B 6R2