Supporting Maternal Mental Health
Strong families lead to healthy communities, and nurturing maternal mental wellness is the best place to start.
Our mission at the Life With A Baby Foundation is to help foster strong maternal mental health. The challenges for new parents is real and everyone deals with them differently. That’s why we focus on inclusivity. Whether that’s supporting a newcomer to Canada with parenting workshops in their native-tounge or connecting parents who have experienced a pre-term baby in the neonatal intensive care unit, we’re here to help.
Life With A Baby has helped over 55,000 parents since 2008.
Life With A Baby Foundation is a registered Canadian charity. We manage all costs associated with running a registered charity. These include insurance (which covers the operations of every chapter), administrative and office materials, financial management including bookkeeping, accounting, annual audits and tax filing.
We are responsible for hiring incremental personnel to assist with events, fundraisers, and special initiatives, as well as all national advertising and outreach. We take care of all digital management, including website maintenance, security, and hosting. Lastly, Life With A Baby Foundation covers the salaries of the Life With A Baby Managing Director, Life With A Baby Executive Administrator and the Life With A Baby Foundation Executive Director.
We take pride in being as fiscally and environmentally responsible as we can by reusing, recycling, and procuring donated materials as much as possible.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) can affect up to 1 in 5 new mothers and are underdiagnosed and undertreated in Canada.1 Peer to peer programs alone can help reduce symptoms up to 50%.2
Meet Our Board of Directors
As chair of the board of directors of Life With A Baby Foundation, Scott brings over 35 years of experience to oversee the foundation’s high-level deliverables, vision and mission. Having worked with some of Canada’s largest financial services companies, including Canada Life and The Co-Operators Group, Scott began his career in sales and marketing, elevating into executive roles, including chairman of Heritage Education Funds (2004 – 2017), overseeing the management of assets of over $2.7 billion.
Scott is also involved in Toronto and York region as a community activist and has served as co-chair on a York region school council. His lifelong commitment to kids and families, along with his expertise in financial and business management, is a pivotal asset to the Life With A Baby Foundation.
Barbara Morris-Blake is the President of Elevate Organizations, an organizational development consultancy that helps organizations succeed through the power of their people. She is a founding member of Up With Women, a national non-profit organization that partners previously homeless women with business coaches to help them develop in their careers.
Barbara splits her time between Austin, Texas and Toronto. She was recently appointed to the Board of the Texas Association of Business and is spearheading the Texas-Canada Trade Coalition, and is a member of the Criminal Justice Committee. Barbara sits on the Board of the Integral Care Foundation. Integral Care provides mental health services a issue that Barbara is passionate about connecting all people with the care they need to live a mentally healthy life.
1 Dennis, C. Psychosocial interventions for the treatment of perinatal depression. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2014