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Patient Resources

Ask Masi maintains a larger, up-to-date resource database.

This is a curated list for your convenience.

Please contact us if you are looking for a more specific resource for your patient or client.

Patient Handouts

Best Start (Public Health)

A one-page handout that's easy to print and give to your pregnant and postpartum patients. Includes local contact phone numbers.


     French Version

Taking Care of Yourself (Ask Masi) 

A two-page (front & back) handout with concrete self-care actions for pregnant and postpartum individuals.

 

Sleep Hygiene (LifeLine for Moms)

Booklets

Pregnancy is Not Always What you Expect (Best Start)
A 12 page booklet for future parents: Information about depression and anxiety before and during pregnancy, risks factors and when and where to get help.


     French Version 

Managing Depression Workbook (Best Start)

A 57 page self-help workbook for parents living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond.

     French Version

For your patient who loves to read, a list of books by Karen Kleiman, a well known international maternal mental health expert with over 35 years of experience.

Recommended Websites

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Includes free online support meetings and a multitude of resources on various topics.


Coping with Depression in Pregnancy and Following the Birth (Here to Help)

A cognitive behaviour therapy-based self-management guide for women.

Recognizing Anxiety During Pregnancy (Anxiety Canada)

Includes links to anxiety plans, stories, and more.


Free apps

MoodTools: Depression Aid (Android)

MoodTools: Depression Aid (Apple)

MoodTools contains several different research-supported tools and was designed in collaboration with multiple mental health professionals

MindShift CBT App (Anxiety Canada)

An evidence-based anxiety relief app using scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

 

The Mindfulness App

This app offers daily guided mindfulness meditation sessions for better sleep, relaxation, and focus.

 

Local Community Programs or Services

1. AccessMHA 

2. Ottawa Public Health: Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC)

3. The Royal: Birth, Parenting, and Mental Wellness

4. Family Services Ottawa: Beyond the Baby Blues