Counselling Program Outline
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.
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 please contact us. Otherwise please refer to the income map below to see what income position currently fits you best.
This sliding scale tool allows for this service to be obtained at multiple price points based on the circumstances of the purchaser. This method allows folks who would most likely be priced out of something to have the chance to take part in it. It also seeks to address the systemic inequalities of class in our culture.
The sliding scale represents the idea that financial resources, including income, are not and should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc.
Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.
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”
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!
Thank you to the Victoria Foundation, along with Community Foundations of Canada for supporting the Community Doula Connection program, as well as the Nesting Doula Collective’s programming to support birthing families, via the Gender Equality Fund.