Wellington, Dufferin, & Guelph

The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in Wellington, Dufferin or Guelph.

Pregnancy Care

Headwaters Health Care Center - Orangeville

519-941-2410, ext. 2236
100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4X9

Guelph General Hospital

115 Delhi Street, Guelph, ON, N1E 4J4

Palmerston District Hospital

500 Whites Road, Palmerston, ON, N0G 2L3

Louise Marshall Hospital - Mount Forest

630 Dublin Street, Mount Forest, ON, N0G 2L3

Groves Memorial Community Hospital - Fergus

235 Union Street East, Fergus, ON, N1M 1W3

Midwives of Headwater Hills

210 Broadway Street, Suite 205, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5G4
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital and Headwaters Health Care Center

Family Midwifery Care of Guelph

672 Woolwich Street, Unit 1, Guelph, ON, N1H 3Z1
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital and Guelph General Hospital

Guelph Midwives

176 Wyndham Street North, Suite 3, Guelph, ON, N1H 8N9
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital and Guelph General Hospital

Grand Valley Midwives

2 Main Street South, Grand Valley, ON, L9W 5V4
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital


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

Prenatal Tours

Guelph General Hospital

A tour of the Family Birthing Unit at Guelph General Hospital is available online.

Headwaters Health Care Center - Orangeville

Information about having your baby at Headwaters Health Care Centre and a tour of the unit are scheduled the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 2 p.m (excluding holidays).  You do not need to pre-book this tour. For more information, you may call the Obstetrics unit at 519-941-2410 ext. 2236.


Prenatal Resources

KIDS LINE - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

1-800-265-7293, ext 3616

A Line Staffed by public health nurses who can provide information about health issues and community services. The line is staffed 8:45am to 4:15pm Monday through Friday.

Prenatal Classes - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Class Information 1-800-265-7293

In these classes you’ll have the chance to talk to a prenatal educator, ask questions, and meet other parents-to-be. Topics covered include; pregnancy changes, how the baby develops, healthy living choices, the stages and signs of labour, medical interventions, mom's health after birth, newborn care, and breastfeeding. Classes are on evenings and weekends in Guelph, Fergus, Palmerston, Mount Forest, Orangeville, and Shelburne. Follow the link above for class locations and dates. The cost is $85 per couple. Follow the link above or call to register.

Online Prenatal Classes - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Class Information 1-800-265-7293, ext. 5701

If you choose online classes, you can learn at your own pace, whenever you have time. Get access from any computer with the Internet.  Topics covered include; pregnancy changes, healthy living choices, the stages and signs of labour, medical interventions, mom's health after birth, newborn care, and breastfeeding.You may register as early as 12 weeks into your pregnancy. The cost is $40. Follow the link above or call to register.



Postpartum Resources

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children - Wellington-Duffering-Guelph Public Health

Program Information 1-800-265-7293, ext. 3616

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC) program is a home visiting program that supports pregnant women and families with children up to age six. The goal of the program is to ensure that all children have the healthiest start in life possible. To sign up for a home visit call the KIDS LINE.

Breastfeeding Clinics - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Clinic Information  1-800-265-7293, ext. 3705

A number of breastfeeding clinics are offered throughout Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph. At these clinic mothers can get help with breastfeeding challenges such as; sore, cracked or bleeding nipples, how to prevent and treat breast engorgement, position and latch, and low or too much milk supply. Clinics are available in Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville, Shelburne, Grand Valley, Mount Forest, and Palmerston. Follow the link above or call for more information on clinic times and locations.

Feelings After Birth - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Program Information  519-941-6991, ext. 2022

Feelings After Birth is a support group for mothers of infants and toddlers up to age 2 who are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, helpless, irritable or angry with family members. Free on-site childcare is provided. This support group is offered in Orangeville and Shelburne. Call for more information and to register for one of the groups.

The Ontario Early Years Centres


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

Buckle Up Bears Program

Program Information

Trained car seat inspector volunteers teach you how to install a car seat and will help you install the seat in your car. Follow the link above for information on how to register for clinics in your area.

Car Seat Inspections

Program Information

Car seat inspections are offered at numerous locations in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph. Follow the link above for information on your nearest car seat inspection location.


Wellington/Dufferin Distress Line


Call to connect to a caring, empathetic listener. They help support people who are lonely, confused, in distress about their circumstances and need someone to talk to. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained staff and volunteers.

Wellington/Dufferin Crisis Line


Call if you are experiencing a mental health challenge or suicide crisis, or if you're a concerned family member, friend or professional support worker. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained staff and volunteers.



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/