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

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


Guelph General Hospital

www.gghorh.ca
519-822-5350
115 Delhi Street, Guelph, ON, N1E 4J4


Palmerston District Hospital

www.nwhealthcare.ca
519-343-2030
500 Whites Road, Palmerston, ON, N0G 2L3


Louise Marshall Hospital - Mount Forest

www.nwhealthcare.ca
519-323-2210
630 Dublin Street, Mount Forest, ON, N0G 2L3


Groves Memorial Community Hospital - Fergus

www.gmch.ca
519-843-2010
235 Union Street East, Fergus, ON, N1M 1W3


Midwives of Headwater Hills

www.midwivesofheadwaterhills.ca
519-941-2676
info@midwivesofheadwaterhills.ca
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

www.familymidwiferycare.ca
519-763-8568
672 Woolwich Street, Unit 1, Guelph, ON, N1H 3Z1
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital and Guelph General Hospital


Guelph Midwives

www.guelphmw.sentex.ca
519-823-9785
176 Wyndham Street North, Suite 3, Guelph, ON, N1H 8N9
Staff privileges at Groves Memorial Hospital and Guelph General Hospital

 

Prenatal Tours


Guelph General Hospital

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

 

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.


Pre-Birth Clinics - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Clinic Information

Pregnant women and their partners living in Wellington, Dufferin, or Guelph can meet one-on-one with a public health nurse. Topics covered include; completing hospital forms, having a healthy pregnancy, getting ready for parenting, and available community services and supports. Register for a clinic in your area as early as 12 weeks into your pregnancy. Prebirth clinics are free. Follow the link above for information on registration.


Prenatal Classes - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

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

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.


Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

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

The last week of the in-class prenatal classes is a breastfeeding class. If you’re not registered for prenatal classes, you and your partner can register for just this class. It’s offered as a two-hour session in the evening. Topics covered include; positioning and latch, when and how often to breastfeed, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, how to know your baby is getting enough milk, how to prevent pain and discomfort, and where to get help. Locations are in Guelph, Fergus, Palmerston, Mount Forest, Orangeville, and Shelburne. The cost is $20. Follow the link above or call to register.


Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

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

This free program for pregnant women in Guelph offers the opportunity to talk a nurse and dietitian about pregnancy, birth, parenting, eating for two, and breastfeeding. Free snacks, bus tickets, prenatal vitamins, and gift certificates for food are available. The program is offered at the Shelldale Centre, tuesdays from 10:30am to 1pm and thursdays from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Follow the link above or call for more information.

 

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.


Breastfeeding Help Home Visit - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

1-800-265-7293, ext 3705

After your baby is born and you go home, a public health nurse should call you. If you wish, you may then book a home visit for help with breastfeeding. If you haven’t had a call after five days at home call to book a home visit.


The Parent Connection - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

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

The Parent Connection is a free drop-in for parents who have children newborn to age 5. This program provides an opportunity for families to connect, learn about community resources, learn about positive parenting, and get breastfeeding support. This program is offered in Orangeville, Shelburne, and Grand Valley. Follow the link above or call the KIDS LINE for program times and locations.


Nobody's Perfect - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

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

Nobody's Perfect is a free program for parents of children ages one to five. Build your parenting skills and increase confidence. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or overburdened, join us for discussions and support. Classes are in Guelph and Orangeville and are scheduled as the need arises. Call the KIDS LINE for details.


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

Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey 519-941-6991, ext. 2205
Guelph-Wellington 519-821-6638
Rural Wellington 519-843-7597

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


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

1-888-821-3760

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

1-877-822-0140

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

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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