Scarborough

The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in the Greater Toronto are of Scarborough.

Pregnancy Care


Rouge Valley Health System - Centenary Site

www.rougevalley.ca
Labour and Delivery: 416-284-8131, ext 7430 or 4403
2867 Ellesmere Road, Toronto, ON, M1E 4B9


The Scarborough Hospital

www.tsh.to

General Campus
416-438-2911, ext. 3230
300 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2V5

Birchmount Campus
416-495-2531
3030 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1W 3W3


Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives

www.sagesfemmesrougevalleymidwives.com
905-409-6447 or 416-286-2228
info@yourmidwives.com
6758 Kingston Road, Unit 6, Toronto, ON
Staff privileges at Rouge Valley Health System


Diversity Midwives

www.diversitymidwives.com
416-609-8187
info@diversitymidwives.com
3410 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 202, Scarborough, ON, M1T 3K4
Staff privileges at The Scarborough Hospital

 

Prenatal Tours


Rouge Valley Health System - Centenary Site

To book a tour call: 416-284-8131, ext. 7332
Tours of the Birthing and Newborn Centre are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Tours begin at 6 p.m.


The Scarborough Hospital

Tours of the birthing units are offered as part of the prenatal classes run at the Scarborough Hospital.

 

Prenatal Resources


Toronto Health Connection Line - Toronto Public Health

416-338-7600

A line staffed by public health nurses who can provide information about health issues and community services. The line is staffed from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.


Prenatal Classes - Rouge Valley Health System

Class Information
Centenary Site: 416-284-8131, ext. 7332
Ajax and Pickering Site: 905-683-2320, ext. 1226

Prenatal classes are held at both Rouge Valley Health System hospital campuses. There is a nominal fee for prenatal classes. For classes at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering, participants are asked to bring a mat, pillow and a drink. For classes at Rouge Valley Centenary, participants only need to bring a drink. And don't forget to bring a partner no matter where you take your prenatal classes! Call for more information and to register.


Prenatal Classes - The Scarborough Hospital and New Life Prenatal

Class Information 416-752-2977
www.newlifeprenatal.org

The Scarborough Hospital has a partnership with New Life Prenatal Classes Toronto. Group classes are offered at the hospital as well as the Ellesmere Community Centre. These group prenatal classes cover topics such as pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, newborn care, and breastfeeding. Classes held at the Scarborough Hospital include a tour of the birthing unit. Classes cost $105-115 per couple. Call for more information and to register.


Online Prenatal Classes - The Scarborough Hospital and New Life Prenatal

Class Information 416-752-2977
www.newlifeprenatal.org

The Scarborough Hospital has a partnership with New Life Prenatal Classes Toronto. Through this online class series you’ll learn all about your changing pregnant body, how to distinguish true from false labour, when to call your caregiver, the natural birth process and how your partner can help you through it, medical options, the postpartum period, adjustment to parenthood, newborn care and feeding, and more. For $125 you receive 12 weeks of access to the online resources. Call for more information and to register.


Prenatal Program - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This program for women who are 3 to 6 months pregnant covers topics such as; having a healthy pregnancy, emotional health, managing stress, healthy eating, labour and birth, breastfeeding and becoming a parent. The program consists of four classes held on weekday evenings from 7-9pm. Classes are facilitated by a Public Health Nurse and are offered at several sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.


Prenatal Programs For At-Risk Women - Toronto Public Health

416-338-7600

Toronto Public Health offers specialized programs for a number of at-risk groups of women in the Toronto area. These groups include women at-risk of having a low birth weight baby, women in their teens or early twenties, women who are new to Canada, and women facing challenging life situations such as hunger and poverty. Programs are offered at several sites throughout Toronto. Call the Health Connection Line for more information.


Doula Program - The Scarborough Hospital and Discover Birth

Program Information 1-877-247-8436
www.discoverbirth.com

The Scarborough Hospital has partnered with Discover Birth to offer a doula program to better serve expectant families in the Scarborough community. In an effort to make doulas available to all delivering mothers at The Scarborough Hospital, fees are determined on a sliding scale, based on your ability to pay. Doula fees range from $25 to $500. Discover Birth provides doula services in many languages.

 

Postpartum Resources


Healthy Babies, Healthy Children - Toronto Public Health Unit

Program Information 416-338-7600

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program is a confidential and voluntary home visiting program for families who are pregnant or have children up to age six. Through this program a Public Health Nurse can link you to a broad range of programs and services. For more information and to book a home visit call the Toronto Health Connection Line.


Breastfeeding Support - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

By calling the Toronto Health Connection Line you can receive support over the phone regarding your breastfeeding questions and concerns. If you wish, you may book a home visit with a Public Health Nurse for further breastfeeding support.


Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Rouge Valley Health System, Centenary Site

Clinic Information 416-284-8131, ext. 4530

The breastfeeding support clinic is a part of the Birthing and Newborn Centre at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital campus. In addition to providing support for new mothers while they are still patients, the clinic also offers prenatal assessment for women planning to breastfeed and follow-up support for mothers in the community. The clinic hours are from 8 am to 4 pm, daily. Clinic visits are for mother, baby and a support person. The breastfeeding support services are free for all mothers who have given birth at Rouge Valley Health System. Please note that one-to-one consultations are by appointment only. Call for more information.


Breastfeeding Clinic - The Scarborough Hospital, Birchmount Campus

Clinic Information 416-495-2843

The Scarborough Hospital's breastfeeding clinic offers support to all women who have questions about breastfeeding. Registered nurses and lactation consultants staff the clinic at the Birchmount campus. New moms are encouraged to use the clinic as long as needed and are welcome to visit the clinic during pregnancy. Breastfeeding clinic nurses and lactation consultants are also available to in-patients of the Family Maternity Centre for consultation. No appointment necessary. Open to everyone (clients do not have to have delivered at The Scarborough Hospital). The clinic is open Monday - 1 pm to 4 pm; Wednesday - 1 pm to 4 pm; Thursday - 1 pm to 4 pm; Friday - 1 pm to 4 pm. Call for more Information.


Living and Learning With Baby - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This 5 week group program for parents with children 6 weeks to 6 months old focusses on enhancing parenting capacity, supporting transition to parenthood, and building parental support systems. It is offered at many sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.


Make The Connection - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This 9 week program for parents with children 6 weeks to 12 months old focusses on secure attachment, two-way communication, infant led learning, the importance of early years, and the importance of the parent-child relationship. It is offered at many sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.


The Ontario Early Years Centres

Scarborough Agincourt 416-491-1466
Scarborough Centre 416-438-1800
Scarborough East 416-282-7284
Scarborough Rouge River 416-291-7745
Scarborough Southwest 416-266-8289

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

Distress Line

www.torontodistresscentre.com 416-408-4357

Provides confidential 24 hour emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention to persons in distress. There is access to a confidential interpreter for 151 languages.


The Mental Health Helpline

www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca 1-866-531-2600

Provides information about mental health services in Ontario such as counselling services and supports in the community, basic education about mental illness and offers support and provides strategies to those in need. Service is offered 24 hrs a day, translation services available if needed.

 

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

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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