On Wednesday, May 6th, in support of World Maternal Mental Health Day, our doulas will each be virtually participating in an activity of their choice between the hours of 12pm and 6pm. This activity may benefit their community, may have meaning for them or their family, or just be something they enjoy! The goal is to raise awareness of the often stigmatized issue and raise funds toward Birth Mark’s unique programming.
In Canada, 23% of birthing parents experience symptoms consistent with postpartum depression or an anxiety disorder. These feelings can appear anytime during pregnancy, or within the first 12 months post birth.
At Birth Mark, we aim to level the field of access to treatment and support to all people by providing no-cost birth and postpartum doula support. We also create programming for low/no income, under-housed, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and other marginalized members of our community.
Your support helps to provide unbiased emotional, physical, and evidence based care as well as companionship to birthing people who may otherwise wait months on a list for access.
While our support is non-medical we do offer unbiased emotional support, assistance with newborn care and sibling adjustment, we can create a nurturing atmosphere in which new parents can eat, shower, and nap. We can also provide referrals to programming within the clients community where they feel safe.
Doula support is just one tool we have at Birth Mark that can help support perinatal mental health. Other programming includes our Building Blocks childbirth education program, pre-and post- natal yoga classes, mindfulness activities, access to lactation specialists, naturopathic clinics, and much more.
All programming by Birth Mark is no cost to our clients. Unfortunately the need is greater than we can provide. Your support will help enable us to provide support to even more members of our community with the goal to reduce the discrepancies in access to care between communities.