Flower Blossoms

SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRADUATE NICU FAMILIES

Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be an extremely isolating experience. This 5-week, closed therapy group will connect you with others with similar lived experiences. You will learn about common experiences during and after a NICU stay, including Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Grief and develop strategies and tools for coping.

 

The group is facilitated by Christine, a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional and RSSW, currently working as a therapist in private practice with a focus on people in the perinatal period experiencing mental health issues and Kelley, a Registered Nurse & Psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience working in the NICU, as well as education in Infant & Early Child Mental Health & Perinatal Mental Health.  

The objectives of this group are:

  • Normalize NICU experiences

  • Understand what happened in the NICU

  • Learn to trust yourself and your parenting abilities

  • Recognize the signs & symptoms of a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder

  • Develop tools to manage fear, anxiety, and depression

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of trauma and grief and develop coping strategies

  • Receive peer support from other families who have had similar lived experience

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Baby must have been discharged from the NICU a minimum of 3 months ago

  • This group is not suitable for bereaved parents (*case by case basis in incidence of a surviving multiple)

  • This group is open to Ontario Residents as per College regulations.

Details:

  • Mondays at 10am for 1.5hrs

  • 5 weeks (starts October 24th, 2022)

  • Thanks to the very generous funding from The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation there is no cost to families who have had a baby in the NICU

Registration for our October group is now closed. Contact us to join our January waitlist!

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