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 families 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
Registered Psychologist (5506)
M.A. Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)
Registered Clinical Counsellor, MACP
Dr. Chanthalone Smith
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD, C. Psych
Leslie Ann Costello
Ph.D., L. Psych, CBT
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd.
Acsana Fernando Khan
Registered Social Worker
Ontario & Nova Scotia
**Offering therapy in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu; Punjabi (understand)
Parent Care Project Coordinator