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Parents with Newborn Baby

Parent Care Program

Offering mental health support to parents of preemies. 


Parent Care, a program providing professional mental health support, free to eligible families.

With the cancellation of all in-unit support groups and programs across the country due to COVID-19, we recognize there is an extra layer of trauma and isolation for preemie parents.  

Through this special program, qualifying f
amilies will receive four online 45-minute therapy sessions conducted by mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists and perinatal mental health specialists from all across Canada.

Important: If you are currently in crisis please reach out to the support people in your life, and if necessary, call  911 or  go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.


who currently have a baby in the NICU

Whose babies were discharged home January 1, 2019 or after

 Who are currently pregnant and have previously experienced preterm birth and/or a NICU stay

Who are trying to conceive after a pregnancy loss or NICU stay

"NICU parents often talk about how isolating it is to be in the NICU, and how hard it is to find someone who understands. We designed the Parent Care program to meet the mental health needs of these families, and to help them feel less alone.”

When we connect with families in our Parent Care program, they share their stories, they explore their feelings, and they begin the process of reclaiming their experience and identities.  These sessions can be profoundly transformational and can set families up for a lifetime of more confident parenting.” 

“By supporting parents’ emotional well-being, we are actually prioritizing children’s physical and emotional development.”

Meet our Clinicians


Tiffany Mitchell

Registered Psychologist (5506)



Madeleine Stobbe 

M.A. Psychologist (Cand. Reg.) 

Nova Scotia


Veronica Harris 

 Registered Clinical Counsellor, MACP

British Columbia


Dr. Chanthalone Smith

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD, C. Psych



Leslie Ann Costello

Ph.D., L. Psych, CBT

New Brunswick


Kate Robson   

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd.


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Acsana Fernando Khan 

Registered Social Worker 

Ontario & Nova Scotia  

**Offering therapy in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu; Punjabi (understand) 


Shakeera Baker

Parent Care Project Coordinator 


Anna-Maria Tosco

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Application – COVID Care Program 

Please note that all fields must be filled. 


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Thank you for applying to participate in the Parent Care program. Your application has been received. Please note that the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation is offering this service on a first come first serve basis because there is limited availability of service. Your information will be reviewed by a member of Canadian Premature Babies Foundation and you will be notified by email about your eligibility, within 5 business days after receiving your application. 


Please note that the timing for therapeutic service will vary, depending on availability of licensed therapists providing service within the city/province you live in. Appointments will be set by you and the therapist you have been matched with. 


If you are currently in crisis, please reach out to the support people in your life, and if necessary, call the emergency department of your nearest hospital. 


Thank you for your interest in the Parent Care program.

We thank Pampers for making this program possible.

We would like to recognize our program's founding partners Prolacta, Abbvie and The Sandbox Project.
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