This Version Posted: November 6, 2020

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.


Online Support Group
  • Mother Matters – Women College Hospital – Free online support group for new mothers in Ontario struggling with their mood and adjustment to being a new parent.
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
Local Resources
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program – HKPR District Health Unit – Home visiting support program to help you transition to life with a baby.
  • Lakeshore Counselling (Cobourg)
    • Call: 905-377-9891
  • Northumberland Community Counselling Centre
    • Call: 905-372-6318 or 905-372-6425
  • Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents
    • Call: Haliburton 705-457-5345 or Minden 705-286-2191
  • Ross Memorial Community Counselling (CMHA) Lindsay and surrounding area
    • Call: 705-878-8900
  • Haliburton Highlands Mental Health Services
    • Call: 705-286-4575
  • Women’s Health Centre (Peterborough regional Health Centre)
    • Call: 1-800-419-3111