Ottawa Area Perinatal Mental Health Resources
Postpartum Support Groups focused on Mental Health
Mothercraft Postpartum Support Group
Free facilitated weekly drop-in group for mothers and babies (Monday mornings)
Location: Mothercraft Ottawa, 475 Evered Avenue, Ottawa ON
How to Access: Drop-in (free)
MOMS Support Group through Family Services Ottawa
10-week structured group program for mothers. Offered three times a year. Includes pre- and post-program assessments for post-partum depression.
Location: 312 Parkdale Ave. Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
Phone (Intake Worker): 613-725-3601 Ext 117
Languages Served: English & French
Fees: Sliding Scale ($50-$300 total for eight-week programs)
How to Access: Self-referral by phone or e-mail
Specialized Hospital Programs
Ottawa Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Clinic
Specialized psychiatric program for individuals with existing or suspected mental health issues who are planning pregnancy, are pregnant, or who are new mothers that are postpartum with issues such as postpartum depression. Multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologist, social worker, nurse. Individual and group therapy.
Location: Ottawa Hospital General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Languages Served: English
How to Access: Referral required (from physician or midwife)
Emergency Services: Urgent mental health services (including inpatient care and referral to the program) available 24-7 through Emergency at the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus)
Montfort Hospital Mental Health Clinic
Individual and group therapy with a Psychiatrist specializing in perinatal mental health.
Location: Montfort Hospital, 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON K1K 0T2
Phone: 613-746‑4621; In-patient - Ext. 3937; Outpatient - Ext. 3965
Languages Served: French, English (Groups will be Francophone)
How to Access: Referral required. Contact Annabelle at Outpatient (Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm) for initial appointment with intake social worker.
Emergency Services: Urgent mental health services (including inpatient care) available 24-7 through the Emergency Department at the Montfort Hospital.
Individuals Specializing in Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues
Stephanie Irwin, M.A., Psychotherapist
Location: 1690 Woodward Drive, Suite #214, Ottawa, ON K2C 3R8
Languages Offered: English, French
Judy Kiar, M.A., Individual, Couple & Family Therapist
(Also trained in Rapid Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR))
Location: 25 Tapiola Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1T 2J7
Michele Glover, M. Ed., CCC, Psychotherapist
Full Circle Counseling
Location: 376 Churchill Avenue N., Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C3
Tina Strutt, M.A., RCC, Psychotherapist
Stephanie Tompkins, C. Psychologist
Specializes in perinatal mental health needs. Typically 4-6 week wait for the first appointment.
Location: 784 Taylor Creek Drive, Orleans, ON K1C 1T1
Fees: Flat rates; provides receipts for insurance providers.
Languages Served: English, French
How to Access: Self-referral – clients can schedule appointment without doctor’s referral.
Rekha Chagarlamudi, MSW, Psychotherapy
Experience with Postpartum Depression and various perinatal mental health issues. Typically 2-3 week wait for initial appointment.
Location: 300 March Road, Suite 302; Kanata, ON
E-mail : email@example.com
Fees: Sliding scale fees; insurance receipts for coverage for psychological services
Dr. Radka Lenz, Psychiatrist
Location: 1929 Russell Rd, Ottawa, ON K1G 4G3
Phone: (613) 789-1299
Additional Counseling Services for Perinatal Mental Health
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Institute
Location: 411 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 200, Ottawa, ON K2A 3X9
Contact: Dr. Natasha Ballen (Psychologist with TOH Perinatal Mental Health Program)
Languages Offered: English & French
Fees: Vary. Lower rates available if seeking counseling from supervised psychology students.
Jewish Family Services: The Counselling Group
Offers individual counseling with counseling specialists for perinatal mental health issues. In-take workers will consult with interested patients, conduct initial assessments, and match patients with a suitable counseling professional to meet the patient’s specific needs. Individual, Couples, and Children/Youth/Teens counseling offered.
Free walk-in clinic where mothers can see a counselor on-the-spot for short-term needs.
Hours for walk-in clinic: Wed 12pm-8pm & Sun 12pm-5pm.
Location: 2255 Carling Ave. Suite 300, Ottawa, ON K2B 7Z5
Phone: 613-722-2225; Intake worker - Ext. 352
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am - 7:30pm; Friday 9am-1:30pm
How to Access: Self-referral (Interested patients can call or walk-in)
Fees: $125 per session. Sliding Scale fees available based on patient’s income and resources (assessed at initial in-take session). Insurance receipts provided.
Languages: English, French, and other languages offered upon request.
Capital Choice Counselling
Wide list of counselors who specialize in Postpartum depression, Family, Couples, and Individual Counselling in the Ottawa area.
Hours (to call): 8am-8pm
Languages: Various languages offered.
Fees: Not covered by OHIP. Services covered by most insurance companies; fees vary by counsellor; sliding scale rates available. Receipts are provided by an Ontario Registered Psychologist.
Catholic Family Services Ottawa
Location: Six locations offered throughout Ottawa (see website)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-5 pm
Languages: English, French, Farsi
Fees: Sliding Scale; Self-Referral
Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
In-take Services & Short-term Counselling (Drop-ins Welcome)
Contacts: Tracy or Lisa
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12pm; 1pm-4:30pm (4:00pm during summer)
Languages Offered: English, French
PSI: Postpartum Support International
Free online group support; "Warm Line" telephone support for mothers
Free 24-7 Helpline: 1-800-944-4773
Ontario Coordinator: Katey Rayner; ; 613-322-1639
The Postpartum Stress Centre
Resource website about Postpartum Depression (based out of Pennsylvania)
Offers information and resources about Postpartum Depression (PPD), how to discuss PPD with your doctor; self-help methods, recommended books, and other resources.
Local contact: See PSI information above
Languages Offered: English & Spanish
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Information, blog, videos for mothers and partners. Publications include a self-help guide for postpartum depression and anxiety.
Blog, on-line community (including peer-to-peer support) with others who have experienced perinatal depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or psychosis.
OMama Information & Support for Mothers & Families in Ontario
Website & mobile app providing resources and evidenced-based information for healthy pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. Mental health information & local resources provided.
Women’s College Hospital—Mother Matters Program (Toronto Based)
10-week Online Support Group for mothers with mood and adjustment issues postpartum. See website for Eligibility and Registration information.
Internet Resources and Educational Information (English & French)
(Best Start / Health Nexus)
On-line resources including self-help workbook for postpartum depression.
Phone or Text Support
24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Line in Ottawa
Ongoing crisis support 24-7
Pacific Postpartum Support Society
Phone or text support for mothers and partners.
Telephone (toll-free): 1-855-255-7999 (Mon – Fri, 1pm-6pm Eastern Time)
Text: 604-256-8088 (Wed & Fri,1pm-6pm Eastern)
Web-based Resources for Dads
Designed for dads, by dads who have successfully supported their partners through postpartum depression. Affiliated with Postpartum Support International. Offers resources such as Dads Dealing with Depressed Partners and Depressed Dads.
Canadian website based out of London, ON. Offers tips and practical information on how to support a partner who is experiencing postpartum depression. Offers advice on how to cope with the day-to-day stress of having a new baby. Offers help to men who want to be involved in the fathering role.
Contact info for many postpartum doulas in Ottawa available at: https://www.ottawacea.com/doula
Offers one-on-one coaching focused on identifying your goals and implementing changes in your life to achieve your goals. Specialized focus on the transition to motherhood.
Fees: vary depending on services selected (see web-site for details)
In-Person Support Groups & Resources for Mothers, Babies, and Families
Parent Resource Centre
Offers a variety of free programs to support mothers and families, including free Play Groups where mothers and their children can get out of the house, socialize, and the children can play as facilitated by the Family Service’s Parent-Child Educators.
Free “Music, Movement, and Massage” groups are offered to mothers and newborn infants.
Free In-home Parenting Support Program offered from birth to 18 years.
Free Resources: Toy-lending Libraries and Libraries with reading resources for perinatal needs.
Client Service Coordinators aim to work with mothers and families to help find appropriate resources depending on their specific needs.
Location: 300 Goulburn Priv; Ottawa, ON K1N 1C9
Phone: 613-565-2467 Ext 222; Toll Free 1-888-5652466
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Chrissy (Client Service Coordinator)
Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins
Drop-in program available to expectant parents and parent(s) and guardians of children aged birth to 6 years of age. Public Health Nurse available. Breastfeeding support, learn ways to help your child eat healthy and be active, make sure your child is on track with their growth and development, ask about your child's social skills and happiness.
Location: Many locations across Ottawa. See website for details re: times & locations
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (Ottawa Public Health)
Home visiting program for pregnant women and families with children from birth until transition to school. Offers support and information re: questions about parenting, feeding, safety, and growth and development. Provides information about different programs in your community. Connects you and your family to resources.
Visits may be provided by a Public Health Nurse, Social Worker and Family Visitor.
Languages offered: English, French and several others.
Social Media – General Social Support & Community
Ottawa Mommy Club
Positive Birth Movement – Ottawa
You can find next meeting dates and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/YourBirthCoachDrNancy/events
You can request to join our closed Facebook group at:
Ottawa Attachment Parenting Meetup
Support for Mothers following Cesarean Section
ICAN provides support for mothers healing from caesareans and planning VBAC through local chapter meetings, discussion groups, telephone, email, and presentations for care providers for women in the childbearing years.
Support for Eating Disorders
Eating disorder support centre. Programs and services include resource listings, telephone, office and email support, mentoring programs, support groups for individuals and families, expressive art groups, outreach presentations, and workshops for individuals and professionals.
Location: Heartwood House, 404 McArthur Ave., Ottawa