Parent Care Program
Offering mental health support to parents of preemies.
Parent Care, a program providing professional mental health support, free to eligible families.
We recognize the importance and need for the Parent Care program. However, due to the high demand for the services, we have temporarily paused it to ensure all the current families enrolled receive the care they need.
From February 1st, 2023, all new referrals will be put on a wait list.
Parents on the wait list will be informed when the program resumes.
Thank you for your understanding.
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
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
Acsana Fernando Khan
Registered Social Worker
Ontario & Nova Scotia
**Offering therapy in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu; Punjabi (understand)
Ph.D Candidate, C.Psych Candidate
Registered Social Worker
MA, Ph.D Candidate
Alberta and Saskatchewan
*Services offered in English and French
Leanne Rose Dorish
MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)
Parent Care Project Coordinator