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Maternal Mental Health Matters

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Life with a new baby is not always easy and the adjustment to parenthood can be challenging for new moms and their families. Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders during pregnancy and after the arrival of a baby are a reality for many expectant and new moms. Maternal mental illnesses like anxiety and depression impact nearly 20% of pregnant and postpartum women. This can affect physical health, emotions, actions, relationships, baby and partners.

There is help. York Region Public Health offers programs and services to promote and support maternal mental health. Some of these include:

Transition to Parenting

York Region’s Transition to Parenting Program is for mothers with babies up to one year of age and pregnant women who are experiencing mood changes or are looking for support while adjusting to parenthood. This program provides information, support and resources to help women cope and feel better.

Visit Transition to Parenting for more information.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program (HBHC) is a home visiting program. The program provides eligible families with information, support and connections to community resources.

In this program, parents are connected with a public health nurse and a family visitor.

Visit Health Babies Healthy Children for more information.

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is a maternal and child health home visiting program that provides a first-time mom valuable knowledge and support from pregnancy to when her child reaches two years of age.

Visit Home Visits for Moms for more information on the Nurse-Family Partnership program.

All Babies Count (ABC)

All Babies Count (ABC) prenatal nutrition program is a free weekly program for women of all ages who need extra support during their pregnancy. Expecting mothers learn about nutrition, pregnancy and parenthood. These classes are led by public health nurses and nutrition educators.

Visit the Prenatal Nutrition Program for more information on All Babies Count.

Health Connection

York Region Health Connection provides up-to-date, accurate public health-related information to York Region residents, organizations and health care providers and can help connect you with the resources you need.

911 is always the first number you should call during emergency situations.

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Phone: 1-800-361-5653
TTY: 1-866-512-6228 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)
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To learn more about our Transition to Parenting Program or any of York Region Public Health’s other programs or services, please call Health Connection 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-512-6228 to speak to a registered nurse.

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