My go-to recommendations for books, organizations, websites, and podcasts. I’ve also put together links to my podcast interviews and published works plus free tools to connect you with the support you deserve.
Free to download and print
Free Printable Resources
Love a freebie? Here are some tools to get you started towards finding more joy, calm, and balance in motherhood.
Postpartum Body Image Workbook
Birth Affirmation Colouring Cards
Anticipating childbirth can bring up fears of the unknown, or of things being too difficult to manage. But your thinking can really impact how you feel, so why not create positive thoughts that will support you? Download, print, and colour these positive birth affirmation cards to do exactly that.
Anxiety Workbook For Moms
Self-Care Workbook for Moms
Self-Compassion Affirmation Cards for Moms
Creating positive thinking patterns takes practice. I created these affirmations just for moms, so that you can work on developing kind and compassionate self-talk which in turn leads to a healthier relationship with yourself. That’s key in adjusting well to motherhood. Just download, print, and start weaving these into your daily life!
31 Self-Care Colouring Pages for Moms
Recommended Organizations + Websites
Need more support? These organizations offer incredible resources and help for parents and families.
Postpartum Support International
If you’re struggling, don’t go through this turbulent time alone. Postpartum Support International has accessible information, support groups and a directory of perinatal mental health therapists so that moms and moms-to-be don’t have to suffer in silence.
The Gottman Institute
The Gottman Institute: Visit Website
Relationships go through a lot of changes during pregnancy and post-partum and it’s okay if you need help navigating the new terrain. This is a goldmine of research that’ll help couples in this stage.
Mother To Baby
Mother To Baby: Visit Website
When you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you want to double-check everything that your baby might be exposed to. This is the free resource to ensure your baby’s safety and get accurate information on medications and other exposures during this part of the perinatal phase.
Canadian Perinatal Mental Health
Canadian Perinatal Mental Health: Visit Website
So many women suffer during pregnancy or in the period after the baby arrives. This is the call-to-action for the Canadian government to ensure support systems are in place and accessible.
Canada Suicide Prevention Services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): Visit Website
If you’re based in the U.S. and are experiencing thoughts of suicidal ideation or self-harm (or know a loved one who is), this resource is set up to provide adequate support in times of crisis.
Anxiety Canada: Visit Website
From learning about what anxiety looks like in children to exploring how symptoms might appear in your life, Anxiety Canada is your resource for all things anxiety.
My favorite Podcasts:
- Small Things Often (Gottman Institute)
- HERself Podcast
- Happy As A Mother Podcast
- Mom Friends
- Momfully You Podcast
- The Minimalists Podcast
For the readers out there
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself – Kristen Neff
- Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers – Karen Kleiman
- And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives
– John Gottman, PhD and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD
- The Miscarriage Map: What to Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting – Sunita Osborn
- Heal Your Birth Story: Releasing the Unexpected – Maureen Campion
- Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers – Gordon Neufeld, PhD and Gabor Maté, M.D
- The Pregnancy And Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions – Pamela S. Wiegartz + Kevin L. Gyoerkoe
- The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression – Karen Kleiman
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who you Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown
- Postpartum Depression And Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide for Mothers – Pacific Postpartum Support Society
- The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them – Elaine Aron, PhD
- Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide to Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World – Anuschka Rees
- The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding – Michelle Cree
- Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features – Paul Gilbert
- The Art of Holding in Therapy: An Essential Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety – Karen Kleiman
- Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices – Deb Dana
- The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe – Stephen W. Porges
- Trauma-Informed Care in the Perinatal Period – Julia Seng and Julie Taylor
Here’s where I’ve been
featured or published!
Check these out
Island Parent Magazine:
Co-Author Book Chapter
Happy As A Mother Podcast
HERSelf Podcast: Episode 52:
Modern Mommy Doc Podcast:
Mom Friends Podcast:
- Postpartum Anxiety & Intrusive Thoughts
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