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HELPFUL RESOURCES

I often suggest videos, organizations, books, or podcasts to clients to supplement or compliment our work together. 

 

Below is a list of go-to recommendations in different mediums.

 

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Organizations + Websites

  • Fertility Matters Canada.

    • It's an organization that empowers Canadians to help reach their reproductive health goals by providing support, awareness, information and education; and promoting equal access to fertility treatments. 

  • Postpartum Support International (PSI). 

    • PSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.

  • Canadian Perinatal Mental Health. 

    • So many women suffer during pregnancy or in the period after the baby arrives. This is the call-to-action for the Canadian government to ensure support systems are in place and accessible.

  • Return to Zero: H.O.P.E. 

    • Support, education, and community for families facing infant and pregnancy loss, pregnancy after loss, and perinatal trauma.

  • A Heartbreaking Choice

    • This website provides resources, information, and discussion groups to support those who have terminated a pregnancy.

  • Anxiety Canada.

    • From learning about what anxiety looks like to exploring how symptoms might appear in your life, Anxiety Canada is your resource for all things anxiety.

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Services.

    • If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm, or know someone who might be, this number is in place to provide help.

Tune In - My Favorite Podcasts

Books 

Meditation, Visualization, Guided Practices

Meditation and visualization are powerful tools for those on the journey to parenthood. The mind/body connection is extremely important for overall wellbeing. Meditation and visualization can help with a variety of symptoms: from aiding with relaxation, reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms and boosting positivity, to balancing hormones, increasing compassion and, upping chances of conception. Beyond these, including guided practices within your wellbeing toolkit can also help you to let go of grief, and begin healing from pregnancy loss.

 

  • Dr. Kristin Neff offers meditation, journaling, and other exercises for cultivating compassion and kindness toward ourselves.

  • Dr. Tara Brach, a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher addresses mindfulness, radical self-acceptance, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.

  • Insight Timer, a meditation app that features an extensive free meditation library to help you with: sleep, anxiety, depression, fertility, pregnancy and more.

  • Expectful, a mental health app for fertility, pregnancy, motherhood, miscarriage & pregnancy loss.

  • Circle & Bloom. Paid meditation programs to help you with trying to conceive, fertility, IUI, IVF, PCOS, egg & embryo donation, pregnancy and delivery and healing & recovery. 

Videos

Handouts

  • The Postpartum Pact​ A guide and checklist for families to prepare and plan for any potential postpartum mental health issues – an essential tool for any expectant family!