Hamilton Region

The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in Hamilton Region.

Pregnancy Care


McMaster University Health Centre

www.hhsc.ca
Labor Assessment Unit: 905-521-5050
1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5


St. Joseph's Health Care System

www.stjoes.ca
Labor and Delivery Assessment Area: 905-522-1155, ext. 33314
50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton, ON, L8N 4A6


Community Midwives of Hamilton

www.communitymidwivesofhamilton.com
905-546-5444
cmoh@bellnet.ca
356 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1K2
Staff privileges at McMaster University Health Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care System


Access Midwives

www.accessmidwives.com
905-546-5002
info@accessmidwives.com
38 King Street West, Stoney Creek, ON, L8G 1H6
Staff privileges at McMaster University Health Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care System


The Hamilton Midwives

www.hamiltonmidwives.ca
905-527-8919
info@hamiltonmidwives.ca
189 Hughson Street South, Hamilton, ON, L8N 2B6
Staff privileges at McMaster University Health Centre and St Joseph's Health Care System


Burlington and Area Midwives

www.burlingtonmidwives.com
905-592-2905
info@burlingtonmidwives.com
4332 New Street, Burlington, ON, L7L 1T5
Staff privileges at St. Joseph's Health Care System, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital

 
The Nesting Instinct
519-998-4476
927464 Oxford Road 8, Blandford-Blenheim, ON, N0J 1B0
 
 

Prenatal Tours


Prenatal Tour - St. Joseph's Health Care System

Tour Information 905-522-1155, ext. 33324

This tour will provide you with an overview of our Maternal Newborn Child Program to help you prepare for your birth experience. The tour will be led by a Registered Nurse who has experience working with mothers, babies, and families. The tour will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes. Please call to register for a tour.


Maternity Registration Clinic - McMaster University Medical Centre

Clinic Information 905-521-5082

At the Maternity Registration Clinic a Registered Nurse will help you and your family prepare for the birth of your baby and for your hospital stay. During this visit you will learn about the services that might be helpful during pregnancy and after your baby is born. A visit to the clinic between your 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy is recommended. Please call to make an appointment.

 

Prenatal Resources


Health Connections - Hamilton Public Health

905-546-3550
publichealth@hamilton.ca

Health Connections is a phone line staffed by Public Health Nurses from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Staff may answer questions regarding preconception, pregnancy, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They may also help connect you with community resources.


Prenatal Classes - Hamilton Public Health

Class Information 905-546-3591

These group prenatal classes, taught by Public Health Nurses, are offered at various times and locations throughout Hamilton. Topics covered in these classes include; baby's growth and development, nutrition for mom, changes during pregnancy, preterm labor, physical activity, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, infant safety, and community resources. There are specialized classes available for young adults, single moms, and couples. Please call for more information and to register.


The Gift of Motherhood - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3591

The Gift of Motherhood is a web-based program with animated illustrations and videos. It is designed for you and your support person to help you feel prepared to experience childbirth and your new parenting role together. The program includes access to the program for 120 days, additional tips for download as PDFs, and the option of attending to group sessions on comfort measures during labor and breastfeeding. Please call for more information and to register.


Expectant Moms Program - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3550

As a part of the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program expectant moms may register to receive a home visit by a Public Health Nurse or Family Home Visitor. The goal of the program is to promote healthy growth and development of children and link families with community resources and supports. Please call to register for a visit.


Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3550

The Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project holds 9 weekly prenatal groups throughout the city of Hamilton. At these groups you can learn about eating well and having a healthy pregnancy, meet other moms-to-be, get support from a Public Health Dietitian or Nurse, and be connected to other community resources. Please follow the link above or call for information about the drop-in program in your community.

 

Postpartum Resources


Breastfeeding Clinic - Hamilton Public Health

Clinic Information 905-546-3550

This clinic at Limeridge Mall is staffed by Board Certified Registered Lactation Consultants and Public Health Nurses. Breastfeeding concerns that may be addressed at the clinic include; sore nipples, milk supply concerns, difficult latch, pumping problems, slow weight gain in baby, weaning, and introduction of solids. The clinic is open from 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Please call to make an appointment.


Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Postpartum Program - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3550

Receive a telephone call from a Public Health Nurse within 48-hours of going home from hospital with a newborn. Families are also offered a home visit by a Public Health Nurse for assessment, education, support and linking with community resources. Initial referrals are made in the hospital with mom's consent prior to discharge. Please call if you would like to make a self-referral following discharge.


Check it Out Drop-ins - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3550

Come and check out your child's development. At these drop-ins professionals can offer consultation, teaching and referral about your child's development, behavior, nutrition, speech and language. Please follow the link or call for more information about drop-in times and locations in your community.


Right From The Start

Program Information 905-521-2100, ext. 77406

Right from the Start is an 8-session parenting course designed to enhance parents’ skills in reading infant cues and responding sensitively. The course uses attachment theory as a framework and active adult learning principles. RFTS is appropriate for any parent or caregiver of an infant under 24 months. Please call for more information on groups in your community.


Home Management Program - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-2424, ext. 3010

Home management workers provide in-home support to families who would benefit from education and support regarding life-skills, budgeting and parenting. Please call to sign-up for a visit.


Good Beginnings - VON Canada

Program Information 905-529-0700

This service trains and matches volunteers to visit in the homes of parents with healthy newborns.  Volunteers learn the basics of infant care from a registered nurse and then make weekly visits of an hour or two to care for the baby (or babies) while Mom takes a nap or a bath, does household chores or just has some company.  The program is offered for the first six months following birth.  Mother and visiting volunteer can determine visiting times that work best for them.  There is no fee for this service.


The Ontario Early Years Centres

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough 905-689-9500
Hamilton East 905-549-2313
Hamilton Mountain 905-385-3020
Hamilton West 905-521-0926
Stoney Creek 905-573-7905, ext. 1
Centre de Sante Communitaire 905-528-0163
Aboriginal Early Learning Centre 905-544-6138

The Ontario Early Years Centres are a place for children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. The Ontario Early Years Centres also bring together in one location information about children's services and programs in the community. If you have questions about your child's development, or want to know how to get information or services for your child aged 0-6 in your area contact your local centre.

 

Additional Resources


Quit Smoking Clinic - Hamilton Public Health

Clinic Information 905-540-5566

This clinic offers free, confidential and non-judgmental service. Appointments are 30 minutes in length. Counseling includes assessment, lifestyle change counseling, withdrawal management, and referrals. Priority is given to pregnant women, young families, people living in poverty, persons with mental illness, and those without a family physician. Please call for more information and to book an appointment.


Car Seat and Booster Seat Safety - Hamilton Public Health

Program Information 905-546-3550

Car seat clinics and education sessions are offered at a number of locations in Hamilton. Please follow the link above or call for more information regarding the clinic in your community. For some clinics an appointment is required.

 

Woman Alive - Healthy Living Hamilton

Program Information

Woman Alive is a 10 week physical activity and health education program for women on a limited income. Please follow the link above for more information about sessions offered in your community.

 
 

Distress Line - Telecare Burlington

Program Information 905-681-1488

Telecare Burlington is a non-profit, all volunteer organization providing 24 hour, confidential, call in service to those in need of a little kindness and compassion. This line serves the residents of Halton Region, the City of Hamilton, Haldimand County and Norfolk County.

 

 

 

 

Ontario Resources

Smoke Free Resources

The MotHERS Program Smoking Information
The MotHERS Program website provides information on the risks of smoking during pregnancy. As well, it provides links to provincial and national programs for smoking cessation.

Exercise and Pregnancy Helpline

Helpline
1-866-937-7678
The Exercise & Pregnancy Helpline is a free service offering information to any pregnant or pre-pregnant woman who has questions related to exercise during pregnancy. This includes athletes, active women and those who want to begin an exercise routine during pregnancy. It is serviced by Sport CARE physicians, physiotherapists and athletic therapists and affiliated with Motherisk at the Hospital for Sick Children.

EatRight Ontario Helpline

EatRightOntario.ca

1-877-510-5102
Call to speak with a registered dietitian for free.

La Leche League Canada

www.lllc.ca
La Leche League Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society. They run local information and support groups in many communities throughout Canada.

MOTHERRISK

MotherRisk.org
This program and website, run through Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, is an excellent resource for information on what is safe when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.

1-877-439-2744 Motherisk Helpline
1-877-327-4636 Alcohol and Substance
1-800-436-8477 Morning Sickness
1-888-246-5840 HIV and HIV Treatment

Telehealth Ontario

Public Information
1-866-797-0000
Call to speak to a registered nurse for information about health related concerns. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Health Care Connect

Public Information
1-800-445-1822
Health Care Connect will refer Ontarians without a family health care provider to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner in their community who is accepting new patients.

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