Resources – Emotional Support

Everyone needs a little support sometimes.  Joining a parenting group in your area is a good first step, here are some other resources you may find helpful…

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

  • The GRG support network coordinates groups who meet regularly and a toll free line to assist grandparents and other relatives raising children to navigate advocacy, family law, and government services pertaining to kinship caregiving; to find the answers, the assistance, and the resources they need to prevent or solve problems; and to learn about benefits and services that will support the whole family.

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

  • ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Postpartum Progress

  • This site’s mission is to create healthier families by raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing social support and connecting parents to help for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression. is a great place to start if you think you may need help.  You can also contact your local Vancouver Island Health Authority health unit for support and information.

The Pacific Post Partum Support Society

  • Offers postpartum depression screening, referral if necessary and individual and group support.

HealthLink / BC Nurse Line

  • Call 1-866-215-4700 OR 811 (from anywhere in BC) for 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone.

Traci McGee – Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) / Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT)

  • Traci is the primary counsellor for the Post Partum Support Program in the Greater Victoria area.  Parents access therapy services under the Post Partum Support Program by a referral from a public health nurse, physician, or midwife.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line

  • A non-profit service operating in cooperation with The Vancouver Island Health Authority to provide 24/7 support to anyone who needs it.  1-888-494-3888.
  • White Bear Medicine offers therapies based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic nutrition, and various spiritual medicines. Mareena has a special interest in women’s medicine and pediatrics, provides trauma-sensitive care and holds compassionate, positive space (LGBTQ2S) for all clients.

Still Birthday

  • Because a pregnancy loss is still a birthday.

Benjamin Boxes

  • Stillbirth and infant loss is a very difficult subject for families to deal with.  Benjamin Boxes offer comfort during this very devastating time.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

  • For families overcome by the grief and pain of a stillbirth or loss of an infant, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them.  NILMDTS offers their gentle and beautiful photography services free of charge in a compassionate and sensitive manner.  For more information, contact Heather Armstrong at heatherphoto@gmail.com or call 250-391-4784 between 8am – 11pm; after hours only emergencies.

LIttle Spirits GardenThe Little Spirits Garden

  • The Little Spirits Garden is a beautiful project supported by the Saanich Legacy Foundation and your donations.  The garden will be located at one of the highest points of land at the Royal Oak Burial Park and provide a special place for families who have experienced the loss of an infant, stillbirth or miscarriage.  The Little Spirits Garden will be made available to every family, regardless of financial circumstance, where they live, and where or when they may have experienced the loss of a baby.