OTTAWA, May 3, 2016 – The “baby blues” is a set of feelings that occurs after childbirth and affects nearly 80% of women. The symptoms include irritability, anxiety, vulnerability and mood swings. If these feelings do not disappear after two to three weeks, they can evolve into post-partum depression. This type of depression can manifest at any time during the year following childbirth.
For these reasons, Dr. Valérie Giroux, perinatal psychiatrist, and Sonia Myre, psychotherapist, have set up a group therapy program at Hôpital Montfort for new mothers suffering from depression. The new program, in French only, was launched at Hôpital Montfort in April 2016.
- The group brings together pregnant or post-partum women, who reside in Ontario, are French-speaking, over 18 years of age, and suffering from a mood disorder and/or anxiety disorder.
- The program runs for 12 weeks, with one 90-minute session per week.
- This unique programming includes psychoeducation, interpersonal interventions, relaxation techniques and other interventions to improve the interaction between mother and baby.
To register, participants simply ask for a referral from a family physician or psychiatrist and mention the post-partum group therapy program at Hôpital Montfort.
Through this free support program, women suffering from post-partum depression will be able to find a more enjoyable routine with their baby. The new perinatal psychiatry service at Montfort also includes outpatient psychiatric consultations and follow-up in French and in English, for women suffering from mental disorders in the pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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