Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Additional Resources

Internet Sources

Depression After Delivery:

  • Provides information and education for women and families affected by postpartum depression.


  • Offers public and professional awareness of postpartum depression along with access to a variety of community agencies in the London, Ontario area.

Maternal and Child Health:

  • Compilation of information, resources, and links for health professionals and consumers.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada:

  • Offers awareness, education, advocacy, and research.


  • Professional information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation.

Our Sisters’ Place:

  • Provides information/support for women with mood disorders related to hormonal changes.

Pacific Postpartum Support Society:

  • Offers support and information for women with postpartum depression and their families. Provides manuals on coping, developing support groups and telephone counselling programs.

Postpartum Depression Community:

  • Consumers and survivors share support and information online with others.

Postpartum Support International:

  • Provides education and information for women with postpartum mood disorders and their families.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre:

  • Provides information about pregnancy and postpartum related mood changes.

The British Columbia Reproductive Mental Health Program:

  • Focuses on emotional issues and treatment related to women, including perinatal mood disorders.

The Marcé Society:

  • International research into the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing.

Suggested Books For Health Professionals

  • Cox, J. & Holden, J. (2003). Perinatal mental health: A guide to the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. London: Gaskell.
  • Dunnewold, A. (1997). Evaluation & treatment of postpartum emotional disorders (Practitioner’s Resource Series). Florida: Professional Resource Press.
  • Hale, T. W. (2004). Medications and mother’s milk. Amarillo, TX: Pharmasoft Publishing.
  • Kendall-Tackett, K. A. (2005). Depression in new mothers: Causes, consequences, and treatment alternatives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Milgrom, J., et al. (2000). Treating postnatal depression: A psychological approach for health care practitioners. Canada: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
  • Miller, L.J., Ed. (1999). Postpartum mood disorders. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing Group.
  • Postpartum Depression – A medical dictionary, bibliography, and annotated research guide to internet references. (2004). San Diego, CA Icon Health Publications.
  • Ross, L., Dennis, C.-L., Robertson, E., & Stewart, D. E. (2005). Postpartum depression: A guide for frontline health and social service providers. Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

For Consumers

  • Bennett, S. & Indman, P. (2003). Beyond the blues: A guide to understanding and treating prenatal and postpartum depression. San Jose, CA: Moodswings Press.
  • Dunnewold, A. & Sanford, D. (1994). Postpartum survival guide: It wasn’t supposed to be like this. California: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Kleiman, K. & Raskin, V. (1994). This isn’t what I expected: Overcoming postpartum depression. New York: Bantam Books.
  • Misri, S. (1995). Shouldn’t I be happy? Emotional problems of pregnant and postpartum women. New York: Free Press.
  • Pacific Postpartum Support Society. (2001). Postpartum depression and anxiety: A self-help guide for mothers: Vancouver, B.C. (604-255-7999).
  • Rosenberg, R., Greening, D. & Windell, J. (2003). Conquering postpartum depression: A proven plan for recovery. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.
  • Sebastian, L. (1998). Overcoming postpartum depression & anxiety. Omaha, NE: Addicus Books.

Suggested Videos

Fragile Beginnings: Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (1993)
Driscoll, J. W.
Injoy Videos
To order: or (800-326-2082, ext. 2)

Heartache and Hope: Living through Postpartum Depression (2000)
Parent Development Centre
Calgary, Alberta
To order: (403-205-5178)

Hope and Healing: Postpartum Depression (1993)
St. Joseph’s Women’s Health Centre
Toronto, Ontario
To order: 416-530-6850

More than Baby Blues: Unmasking Postpartum Depression (2003)
Nonacs & Klein
Brewster, MA : Paraclete Video Productions
To order:

Postpartum Emotions: The Blues & Beyond (1995)
Dunnewold, A.
Austin TX: Family Experiences Productions, Inc.
To order: (512-494-0338)

Understanding Postnatal Depression (2003)
Wise, L.
Great Britain: PND Productions
To order:

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