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New Mothers Need Support


New Mothers Need Support


Some new mothers, especially those who have had professional careers, may feel reluctant to ask for assistance because of feelings of guilt and worthlessness.  They may think their parenting skills will come under scrutiny or may choose not to ask for help out of politeness. Others may not recognize they need help.  It is the responsibility of friends, family members and other members of society to make sure that a new mother feels safe and supported, and is surrounded by people whom she can trust.

Dr. Deirdre Ryan, Psychiatrist, Dr. Carolyn Steinberg, Psychiatrist, Enid Elliot, Early Childhood Consultant, PhD
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If you (or someone you know) has thoughts of doing self-harm, or harm to a baby or anyone else, please call to speak with a trained crisis worker. Local Crisis Helpline numbers can be found through a Google Search.  In British Columbia, Canada you can call Mental Health Support (BC-wide) at 310-6789 or you can call the North American line 1 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
In ANY crisis, your local emergency number is another option and it is always available. Use 911 in North America, 999 in the UK or, if you're elsewhere, use the emergency number for your area.