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​Supports are available to women who are experiencing anxiety or depression throughout their pregnancy and after having the baby.

Public Health Nurse

Informing our clients and our communities about the nature of postpartum depression and the supports that are available is an important practice of public health nurses.

  • Public health nurses offer support to pregnant women and women with a new baby who are experiencing depression or anxiety.
    • Work with you to explore options, including what support you might need.
    • Knowledge about community support services and work closely with you, your physician or care provider, and local community or mental health services.
  • All new mothers will be contacted by a public health nurse to discuss their emotional well being 6– 8 weeks after having their baby.
    • A simple series of questions will be asked at this time to see how you are coping with the emotional adjustment to having a baby.
    • The purpose of this call is to see how you are feeling, to share health information with you and provide support as needed.
  • Public Health Parent/Baby Groups: Connecting with other parents of young children can often be a great support to women who have just had a new baby.

To learn more, contact your local public health centre/unit and speak with a nurse.

Family Doctor or Midwife

Connect with your family doctor or midwife to explain how you are feeling. They are available to assess and diagnose your symptoms.

They can discuss anti-depressants or other medications that are safe with breastfeeding that may help.
Doctors may also refer to additional supports such as Mental Health services in your community.

8-1-1 at HealthLink BC

A free service available 24 hours a day. You can connect with a nurse to talk about any symptoms that may be worrying you. Pharmacists are also available if you have questions about any medications you may be taking. Visit HealthLinkBC to learn more.

Interior Crisis Line: 1-888-353-CARE (2273)

Immediate, free, and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information to people of all ages 24 hours a day – everyday.

Mental Health Services in Interior Health

Learn more about Mental Health services, or contact your local Mental Health and Substance Use office for more information about programs we offer and how to access.

Other support services

Anxiety Canada provides resources on how to effectively manage anxiety during the pregnancy and post-partum periods.

Pacific Postpartum Support Society is a service that offers telephone support across BC. Call toll free 1-855-255-7999 or check out to learn more. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday  9:30-4:30, Saturday 12-4 (on call).

HeretoHelp is a website resource from the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. They offer information & support for preventing and managing postpartum depression

BC Reproductive Mental Health

Healthy Families BC

Celebrating the Circle of Life: A Guide to Emotional Health in Pregnancy & Early Motherhood for Aboriginal Women & their Families


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