Birthing Families Counselling Program Outline

About Us

Birthing Families Matter provides programs that serve the birthing community with objectives to reduce health disparities for low income, marginalized, racialized, and oppressed populations and for those encountering disability, family violence, racial violence and/or addiction.

Birthing Families Counselling Program offers sliding scale counselling for perinatal individuals and families who are in need of support and guidance but who have a barrier to accessing these supports. Each of our counsellors specialize in offering perinatal support and have worked with many families to work to create positive mental health and well-being during the time of starting a family. Families within the perinatal period will be offered 10 sessions of counselling (over a 3 month period) at a rate established with the family. They will have the opportunity to interview and choose a counsellor that feels like the right fit.

The pandemic, and its ensuing isolation have resulted in higher incidences of postpartum mood disorders. This program is in alignment with the WHO’s Mental Health Response in that it will assist in improving psychological well-being by providing psycho-social interventions and psychological support during the pandemic. Thus, we are striving to offer families support in the form of counselling in order to fill the gaps created with COVID precautions. This supports the American College of OBGYNs recommendation to engage rings of support around birthing families to foster increased health and well-being in the postpartum period.

Our Demographic

Racialized People & Refugees/Newcomers
People with Low-Income or Living in Poverty
Members of LGBTQ2s+ communities
Indigenous families (who don’t have access to the FNHA Indigenous Counselling Program)
Single Parent Families
Persons with Disabilities
Mothers who have had their child removed

Families Who Qualify

We are happy to offer our services to those who fit within our demographic (see above), have a barrier to accessing supports (unemployment, reduced employment, low-income, homelessness etc.), and who are within the perinatal period (the period of time surrounding the birth of a child – trying to conceive, pregnant, birth loss, child removal and postpartum up to two years following the birth of an infant). If you are uncertain whether or not you qualify, or you would like to clarify questions that you have about the program, you can submit your application and check that you would like to be contacted by our program director.

Sliding Scale**

$35 – $75 for each one hour counselling session

$35* – Families whose monthly income is under $1200
$50 – Families whose monthly income is between $1200-$3000
$75 – Families whose monthly income is above $3000

* In some cases, families can be offered a rate lower than $35, if program funding permits.
** Sliding scale rates are offered on an honour basis and no income verification is required at this time. Families will not be turned away if they do not have the resources to afford a higher rate.

 Our Program will commence in the new year. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Birthing Families Matter team.

If you are a counsellor interested in participating in this program click here for more information

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to the Victoria Foundation for selecting us as a recipient of their Community Recovery Program grant! This Grant will help us launch our Birthing Families Counselling program, coming soon. We appreciate the support of Victoria Foundation towards our initiative to build resilient, healthy families in our communities”

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We at Birthing Families Matter would like to extend a big thank you to the Coastal Community Credit Union for selecting us as a recipient of their Relief and Resiliency Fund grant! This will fund the JaneApp software we require to launch our Counselling for Birthing Families program, coming soon. We are so happy for the support of the Coastal Community Credit Union towards our initiative to build resilient, healthy families in our communities!