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Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD) or Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD) affects one in five new mothers.  PPMD is a serious medical condition and is the number one complication after birth.  It can start at anytime between pregnancy up until the baby is one year old.  Researchers are unsure of the cause but believe it could be related to the following risk factors:  hormonal changes, history of depression, history of PPMD with previous pregnancies, past or present physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse.

**Men can suffer from PPMD too.  Up to 10 per cent of new fathers develop depression after a baby is born. 

Resources:

Crisis Lines

Four County Crisis Community Mental Health Crisis response Program (24 Hour)

705-745-6484 or 1-866-9933.

Telehealth Ontario (24 Hour)  1-866-797-0000

Web Sites

The Best Start Resource Centre's Postpartum Mood Disorder Campaign: www.lifewithnewbaby.ca

Pacific Postpartum Support Society:  www.postpartum.org

Postpartum Support International:  www.postpartum.net

Ontario Mental Health Helpline: www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca

Local resources

Lakeshore Counselling (Cobourg) 905-377-9891

Northumberland Community Counselling Centre 905-372-6318 or 905-372-6425

Women's Health County - Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents - Haliburton 705-457-5345 or Minden 705-286-2191

Ross Memorial Community Counselling (CMHA) - Lindsay and surrounding area 705-878-8900

Haliburton Highlands Mental Health Services 705-286-4575

Women's Health Centre (Peterborough Regional Health Centre) 1-800-419-3111