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

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

St. Joseph's Health Care System

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

Community Midwives of Hamilton

356 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1K2
Staff privileges at McMaster University Health Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care System

Access Midwives

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

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

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
927464 Oxford Road 8, Blandford-Blenheim, ON, N0J 1B0

Mountain Midwifery Care

Suite 409, 849 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton, ON, L9A 5H4 (Beside Lime Ridge Mall)
Staff privileges at St. Joseph's Health Care System and McMaster University Health Centre


Prenatal Tours

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


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

BreastFeedingSupport@Hamilton.ca or 905-546-3550

Hamilton Public Health provides breastfeeding support at our clinics on the mountain and downtown by appointment only. There is a Lactation Consultant on call by phone Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30. We are also on Facebook at HealthyFamiliesHamilton. www.hamilton.ca/breastfeeding

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.

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.

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, Wesley Urban Ministries
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.

Village Mommy

VillageMommy.com is a free service with a mission to bring the supportive village feel back to modern motherhood.  The service help moms find other moms within walking distance who have babies/kids the same age as them. Peer support is proven to help moms' mental health and even improves outcomes for babies!


Additional Resources

Healthy Families Hamilton- Hamilton Public Health

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyFamiliesHamilton/

Talk to Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians about topics related to pregnancy and parenting children from 0-6 years, including:

- Breastfeeding
- Child Safety
- Growth and Development
- Healthy eating
- Positive parenting
- Postpartum depression
- Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
- Programs and services

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

Free Car Seat Inspection clinics for residents of Hamilton. Certified Car Seat Technicians can teach individuals and families how to use a car seat correctly. Car Seat clinics are held indoors during the week, evenings and weekends in various locations throughout the City of Hamilton.

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

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


Call to speak with a registered dietitian for free.

La Leche League Canada

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.

Metis Nation of Ontario, Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

The MNO Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, funded by the provincial government is a prevention/intervention strategy for families with children aged 0-6.  It includes preparation for parenting, prenatal and postnatal care. The goal is to assist all Aboriginal families in providing an environment for the healthy development of children through home visits, service coordination and referrals. The program, which provides support for children at risk, is voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family who requests the service.


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
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
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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Doulas in Ontario

A doula is someone who provides non-clinical support and care to a woman (and her partner) during childbirth and the postpartum period. To find a doula in your area please search the registries on the sites below.

Ontario Doulas: http://ontariodoulas.org/
DONA International: http://www.dona.org/
CAPPA: http://www.cappa.net/