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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

(information compiled by Lien MOMS Link research nurses)

Mothers have a wide range of experiences after the birth of a child. This is the same for mothers with low mood. Roughly 80% of mothers feel down for a few days after the birth of a child. This is often called the "baby blues". For some mothers, this experience of tearfulness is more persistent, lasting weeks or months. This is called a "postpartum depression". Mothers with a postpartum depression may feel sad, moody, cry a lot, feel anxious, have little energy, have a harder time remembering things than usual and feel irritable. Women's experiences of postpartum depression can be very different. This can make it hard for women to know what they are experiencing or how serious it is. Postpartum depression can begin immediately after birth or many months later. The depression may occur after any birth, not necessarily after the birth of a first child. Although it is very uncommon, a small percentage of mothers (0.01%) will develop a more serious condition called "postpartum psychosis". A mother with a postpartum psychosis will lose contact with reality and needs to be hospitalized and receive psychiatric intervention to get well.

Not sure if you are going through something more serious than the baby blues? Talk to your family doctor or dial 811 Tele-Care to talk about your symptoms. They can ask you questions to see how serious your feelings of depression are.


New Brunswick Referral Numbers

*New Brunswick Tele-Care (Health consultation) Dial 811

*During an emotional crisis, a mother can talk to someone immediately by calling the CHIMO helpline: 1-800-667-5005

The Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team 1-866-771-7760

*Mental Health Services:

  • Bathurst 547-2038
  • Sussex 432-2090
  • Campbellton 789-2440
  • Woodstock 325-4419
  • Caraquet 726-2030
  • Edmundston 735-2070
  • Elsipogtog 523-8222
  • Fredericton 453-2132
  • Grand Falls 475-2440
  • Kedgwick 284-3431
  • Miramichi 778-6111
  • Moncton 856-2444
  • Richibucto 523-7620
  • Sackville 364-4082
  • Saint John 658-3737
  • St. Stephen 466-7380

Family Resource Centres

  • Bathurst 506-545-6608
  • Campbellton 506-753-4172
  • Chipman 506-339-6726
  • Fredericton 506-474-0252
  • Grand-Sault 506-473-6351
  • Miramichi 506-622-5103
  • Moncton 506-384-7874
  • Caraquet 506-727-1860
  • Richibucto 506-524-9192
  • Saint-John 506-633-2182
  • St-Stephen 506-465-8181
  • Sussex 506-433-2349
  • Woodstock 506-325-2299


Postpartum Support International -
Depression After Delivery Included -
Pacific Postpartum Support Society -
Canadian Mental Health Association -
The Uppity Science Chick -


Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A self-help guide for mothers Pacific Post Partum Support Society Out of the darkness (postpartum depression is not something we can fight alone). Sheila MacDonald (2002) Publish America.
Parenting well when you're depressed: A complete resource for maintaining a healthy family. Nicholson, J., Henry, A., Clayfield, J., Philips, S. (2001).
Oakland: New Harbinger Publications
Sleepless Days: One woman's journey through postpartum depression. Susan Kushner Resnick (2002).
New York: St Martin's Press. Postpartum survival guide. Dunnewold, A. & Sanford, D. G. (1994).
Oakland: New Harbinger Publications Patient Guide for Women with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety -
More than Baby Blues: Unmasking Postpartum Depression (video) Directed by Hans Spatzeck-Olsen. Paraclete Press
Depression After Childbirth: How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Postnatal Depression Katharina Dalton, Wendy M. Holton. (2001) Oxford University Press
Surviving Post-Natal Depression: At Home, No One Hears You Scream Cara Aiken. (2000) Jessica Kingsley Pub Down Came the Rain Brooke Shields. (2005). Hyperion Books

Additional Parenting Support

General practitioner/family doctor If unable to find a family doctor you can (1) go to the emergency room, (2) go to the after-hours clinic, or (3) self refer to mental health.
Breastfeeding support group
Local counselling services
Parenting or new mother support group
Local therapist
Local hospital. Try Social Services Dept/Childbirth Education Dept/Maternity Services Dept/Psychiatry Dept.
Personal referral from friend, neighbour, or someone you trust
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Support Groups, Family Support Services, Programs For Parents & Grown-up Stuff You Need To Know

Local Parenting Expert

Who: Charlene Savoie-Naturotherapist
What: In home or office consultations regarding all parenting & family issues such as effective discipline, how to talk so children will listen, how to encourage positive behaviour and manage family crisis, etc. Charlene can also help you with understanding A.D.H.D. and learn how to effectively parent your ADHD child/teenager. PRIVATE SESSIONS COVERED BY MOST HEALTH PLANS
Where: Moncton
Contact: 506-533-4712 and email: or visit
Comments: Services provided in English.

Support Groups

If you have started your own or know of any other support groups for parents in the Greater Moncton area please let us know by emailing us at

  • Autism Resource Centre/Centre de Ressources de l’Autisme: 855-9032
  • Autism Connect Canada click here for their website
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind/Association Canadienne des aveugles: 857-4240
  • Canadian Paraplegic Association Canadienne des Paraplégiques: 858-0311
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Canadienne pour la Santé Mentale: groups like "Kids have stress too"; Coping with depression for teens" call 859-8114 or visit
  • Community Based Services for Children with Special Needs/Services Communautaires Destinés aux Enfants Ayant des Besoins Spéciaux: 1-866-426-5191
  • Families of Multiple Births Support Group: Meet other families, share tips and connect. Also Mom’s Night out held on the last Thursday of every month. Contact: Call 869-6743 email or visit or check out their Facebook group Moncton Multiples.
  • Greater Moncton Down Syndrome Society/La Société du Syndrôme de Down du Grand Moncton: 387-8592
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society/ Société de la Sclérose en Plaques: 1-800-268-7582
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada/Dystrophie Musculaire Canada: 1-800-884-6322
  • Respite Care Services for Children with Special Needs/Services de Relève pour Enfants à Besoins Spéciaux: 869-6977
  • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada/Fondation du Syndrôme Gilles de la Tourette: 1-800-361-3120
  • South East Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services: 859-6101

Family Support Services

  • SIDA/AIDS Moncton: 859-9616
  • Addiction Services/Services de Traitement des Dépendances: 856-2333
  • Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre de Ressources et de Crises Familiales Beauséjour: 533-9100
  • Birthright: 382-2227
  • Early Childhood Family Resource Centre Of Westmorland-Albert Inc/Le Centre de Ressources familiales à la petite enfance: 384-7874
  • Healthy Baby & Me/Bébé & Moi Santé: 389-2229
  • Kids Help Phone/Jeunesse, j’écoute: 1-800-668-6868
  • Mapleton Teaching Kitchen/Cuisines Éducatives Mapleton: 858-8252
  • Mental Health/Santé Mentale: 856-2444
  • Moncton Headstart: 858-8252
  • Moncton Military Family Resource Centre de resources Familiales Militaires: 851-7223
  • Moncton Volunteer Centre de Bénévolat de Moncton: 869-6977
  • Peaceful Families Consulting: 533-4712 Located in Moncton
  • Pregnancy Resource Centre: 857-3033
  • Turning Points (Early childhood development centre for youth parents): 384-5908

Programs For Parents

Canadian Mental Health Association-Moncton Region

What: Different programs offered each semester
When: Call for dates & details or visit their website
Contact: 859-8114 or visit their website

Family and Early Childhood Anglophone East Inc

Where: 22 Church St. Suite T-410, Moncton NB E1C 0P7
What: Family and Early Childhood Anglophone East Inc. is a free, voluntary, confidential, and individualized program. Emphasis is placed on the strengths and abilities of each child and his/her family. We offer a variety of support services for parents and caregivers of children aged 0-8 who have questions or concerns about their child’s development or behaviour, or who are looking for support in their parenting roles. Some topics we can help with include parenting skills, discipline challenges, child development, transition to school, and establishing routines.
Some of the services we offer: Home visiting, screening and referrals for Developmental Child Care Services, pre-kindergarten assessments (EYE-DA) and follow-up, infant-parent attachment program, developmental questionnaires, parenting groups, and referrals to other community-based services.
Cost: Free.
How to access services: Parents and legal guardians can make a self-referral by calling 1-855-238-3694. With the family’s consent, professionals can also refer children to our program.
Eligibility: We work with families of children aged 0-8 residing in the boundaries of the Anglophone East School District. Several screening assessments determine whether a child/family qualifies for our services.
More comments: Our program is one of seven early intervention agencies funded by New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood.
Language of service: English
Contact: 1-855-238-3694

The Early childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland –Albert Inc.

How to talk so kids will listen

What: 6 session program
Where: Dieppe
Contact: 384-7874 or visit their website
Comments: Six-part video workshop based on the books “How to talk so kids will listen…” and “Liberated Parents, Liberated Children” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Various Parent Workshops

Where: Dieppe
Cost: free
Contact: 384-7874 or visit their website
Comments: Themes include as self esteem, relaxation, educational workshops, car seat safety etc. are available upon request when funding is available. Your suggestions are welcome!

Collective Kitchen

When: Offered once a month
Where: Mapleton Teaching Kitchen Inc.
Cost: small fee to cover the cost of the ingredients
Contact: 384-7874 or visit their website
Comments: Participants will take their prepared meal home

Respite Care Services for Children with Special Needs Program

What: The program provides personalized respite services to families with special needs children.
Who qualifies: Any family that has one or more child with special needs between the age of birth to 21 yrs, diagnosed with a disability that interferes with his/her development (i.e. A.D.H.D., Autism, Down Syndrome, physical or mental disability, etc.)
Cost: free
Contact: 869-6977

Peaceful Families Consulting

Who: Charlene Savoie, B.A., RTC, EFT--Naturotherapist
What: In home or office consultations regarding discipline issues from severe to minor, effective communication, how to encourage positive behaviour and manage family crisis, ect. Also public or private parenting seminars like "Positive Parenting", "How to Raise Teenagers without Raising your Blood Pressure" and Understanding ADHD and learn how to effectively parent your ADHD child/teenager. PRIVATE SESSIONS COVERED BY MOST HEALTH PLANS
Where: Moncton
Contact: 506-533-4712 and email: or visit
Comments: Private seminars given upon request. Services provided in English.

For The Sake of the Children program

When: next session TBA
Where: Different locations
Contact: For information or registration call 1-888-236-2444
Description: Information program for parents living separately

Talk With Me/Parle Avec-Moi Early Language Services

What: Talk With Me/ParleAvec-Moi is a community-based service for all parents and caregivers of children from birth to kindergarten-entry. The team, staffed by Speech-Language Pathologists and Rehabilitation Assistants, aims to educate families and promote the importance of developing strong speech and language skills in early childhood. The team offers parent information sessions and interactive parent-child programming, as well as workshops for early childhood educators. Parents and caregivers can access the guidance and expertise of a speech-language pathologist simply by contacting Talk With Me. All sessions are free, and we are able to help with transportation and childcare costs upon request.
Programs for adults: Communication Begins at Birth, Communication - Let’s Talk (0-2 years), Communication – Let’s Talk (2-5 years), Raising Bilingual Children, Sounds for Speaking
Interactive programs for adults and children: Baby Massage, Baby Talk, Baby’s 1st Words, Parent Child Mother Goose, Parent-Child Consult, Hearing Screening, Talk, Read, Learn!, and Tyke Talk
Contact: For more information call 856-3617 or for the English program. For the French program please call 869-2040 or

South-East Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Inc.

What: Parenting skills program for those who are affected by deafness or hearing loss.
When: begins in the fall, call for dates
Contact: 859-6101

Grown-Up Stuff You Need to Know

Applying for a Social Insurance Number You will need a SIN to set up an RESP for your baby. In order to apply for a S.I.N. you will need your baby’s birth certificate which will be mailed to you automatically from the province’s Vital Statistics Branch. Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN. There is no fee. Visit Service canada website or CALL 1-888-428-0888. Or visit

Service Centres located in:
* Heritage Court, Office 310, 95 Foundry Street, Moncton 851-6718
* East Main Plaza, 170 Main Street, Sackville 364-5000
* Centre-Ville Mall, 342 Main Street, Shediac 533-5132


Canada Education Savings Grant – Government of Canada To help you save for your child's education after high school, the Government of Canada will add to your savings in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with a Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The grant is paid directly into your child's RESP. Find out more at Canada Education Savings Grant page of the government website.

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) – Government of Canada The UCCB is for children under the age of 6 years and is paid in instalments. This benefit qualifies as taxable income. Find out more at 1-800-959-2221

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) – Government of Canada A tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18.

The CCTB may include the Child Disability Benefit (CDB), a monthly benefit providing financial assistance for qualified families caring for children with severe and prolonged mental or physical impairments.

Also included with the CCTB is the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS), a monthly benefit for low-income families with children. The NCBS is the Government of Canada's contribution to the National Child Benefit, a joint initiative of federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and First Nations. Find out more from the National Child Benefit Supplement part of governement.

Department of Social Development Serving Greater Moncton, Shediac, Sackville, & Richibucto areas - offers assistance with Child and Adult Protection, Income Assistance, Daycare Assistance, Housing Programs, Community & Social Services. For more information call 1-866-426-5191.

P.R.O. Kids – Town of Riverview Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids provides assistance to as many children (18 years & under) as possible who, due to lack of funds, are not able to participate in sport, art culture and recreation activities. Assists with registration, transportation of equipment needs. For more information them at 387-2051

P.R.O. Kids – Ville de Dieppe P.R.O. Kids has been created in Dieppe to help children aged 2 to 18, whose families may be experiencing certain hardships, to participate in sport, recreational or cultural activities. This program offers the possibility to register for activities that may not be otherwise accessible due to a lack of financial resources, materials, transportation or a particular family situation. There are two ways for the families to apply for the program: either by a referral from an intervening person in the community or by completing the registration form which is available at Dieppe’s Community Recreation Department. Uniform criteria will be used to determine the family’s admissibility in the program. All information will be held confidential. For more information, please contact 877-7900.

Kidsport Moncton KidSport™ is a children’s charity with the objective of assisting children of families facing financial obstacles to participate in community sport programs. Children aged 5-18 are eligible.