Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:

wwww.islandhealth.ca

and a new website for medical staff:

medicalstaff.islandhealth.ca

Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.

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Baby Blues

Up to 80% of women often experience “baby blues” during the first 3 to 4 days after birth. You may feel sad, cry for no apparent reason, feel very tired, or have poor concentration. These feelings are common and part of a normal experience for some women.

Why do 80% of women get the baby blues?

  • You have hormonal changes.
  • You lack sleep.
  • You don’t feel confident as a new mother.
  • You have changes in your relationships.
  • You are doing too much.

What can you do?

  • Rest when your baby sleeps.
  • Take one day at a time.
  • Ask for and accept offers of help.
  • Take time for relaxing exercise.
  • Arrange some time for yourself.
  • Talk to someone who can reassure you when you feel like crying.

If you are still experiencing negative feelings after the first two weeks after childbirth, you could have post-partum depression or anxiety, and you will need some help to cope with it.

Post-partum Depression

One in five women will experience sadness, anger, or anxiety that is more severe and longer-lasting than the baby blues. This is called post-partum depression. If you are feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed for more than two weeks after the arrival of your baby, you may be experiencing post-partum depression.

Post-partum depression is not a failure and does not mean you are a bad parent; however, it can pose serious risks to your health and the safety of your baby. Ask your doctor, midwife, or public health nurse for help. You are not alone.

Where to get help

  • Physicians or midwives
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Mental Health services or counselors (referral by your physician or midwife)

If you feel you may harm yourself or your baby, please call one of the crisis help lines on the right immediately. There is 24-hour help available through the community crisis lines: Local Crisis Lines