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

Pregnancy Care

Lakeridge Health Corporation - Oshawa
Labour and Delivery: 905-576-8711, ext 3232
1 Hospital Court, Oshawa, ON L1G 2B9

Lakeridge Health Corporation - Port Perry
Labour and Delivery: 905-985-7321
451 Paxton Street, Port Perry, ON, L9L 1L9

Rouge Valley Health System - Ajax and Pickering Site
Labour and Delivery: 905-683-2320, ext 1202
500 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, ON, L1S 2J4

Rouge Valley Health System - Centenary Site
Labour and Delivery: 416-284-8131, ext 7430 or 4403
2867 Ellesmere Road, Toronto, ON M1E 4B9

Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Markham Site
Labour and Delivery: 905-472-7366
381 Church Street, Markham, ON, L3P 7P3

Midwifery Services of Durham
130 Old Kingston Road, Ajax, ON, L1T 2Z9
Staff privileges at Markham-Stoufville Hospital

New Life Midwives
147 Queen Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 1M7
Staff privileges at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg and Lakeridge Health Corporation Hospital in Oshawa

Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives
905-409-6447 or 416-286-2228
6758 Kingston Road, Unit 6, Toronto, ON
Staff privileges at the Rouge Valley Health System Hospitals in Scarborough and Ajax

Uxbridge Community Midwives
2 Campbell Drive, Suite 207, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1H6
Staff privileges at Markham-Stouffville Hospital

Durham & Markham Midwives

Durham Site: 905-427-5407 6633 Highway 7 East, Suite 107, Markham, L3P 7P2

Markham Site: 905-209-0330 138 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, L1T 2Z9

Community Care Midwives
Main Office: 135 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, L1G 4S6
Satellite Office: Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg
Staff privileges at Northumberland Hills Hospital and Lakeridge Health Oshawa

BirthRoots Maternity Centre
19 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON

The BirthRoots Maternity Centre offers pregancy support and resources, doula services, massage therapy and breastfeeding support. A variety of prenatal classes are also available. Call or email for more information.

Prenatal Tours

Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Markham Site

To book a tour call: 905-472-7374
Tours are offered every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, except on holidays.

Rouge Valley Health System - Ajax and Pickering Site

Tours of the birthing facilities at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering are available for expectant parents on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. (excluding holiday Mondays). The tour lasts just over an hour. There is no need to pre-register. If you are interested, simply meet us at the hospital for the start of the tour. Tours begin at the west entrance, nearby the emergency department.

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.

Lakeridge Health Corporation - Oshawa Site

To register call: 905-576-8711, ext 4116.
Offers hospital tour as a part of series of four birthing classes specially designed for expectant mothers and their partners. Classes are held Monday - Friday, over four weeks, from 7:00-9:30pm.

Lakeridge Health Corporation - Port Perry Site

To book a tour call: 905-985-7321, ext 5525
It is recommended that you book a tour in order to familiarize you and your partner with the facility.

Prenatal Resources

Durham Health Connection Line

905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729

A Line Staffed by public health nurses who can provide information about health issues and community services. The line is staffed 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

S.M.I.L.E. Prenatal Classes

Class Information 905-666-6241

This prenatal class series is specially designed for parents under 23 years of age. It is offered at various locations throughout Durham region. Call the Health Connection Line for more information and to register.

Online Prenatal Classes - Durham Region Health Unit

Class Information

This online prenatal class series offered by the Durham Region Health Unit is meant as a supplement to regular prenatal classes.

Lakeridge Health Corporation Prenatal Classes

Port Perry Site Information 905-985-7321, ext 5525
Oshawa Site Information 905-576-8711, ext 3495

Each site offers its own series of childbirth classes. Call for more information and to register.

Rouge Valley Health System Prenatal Classes

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

Prenatal classes are held at both hospital sites for a small fee. Call for more information and to register.

Discover Birth
1-877-BIRTH-36 or 905-428-9629

Discover Birth offers childbirth education and doula services in Durham Region.

Choices Childbirth Services

Choices Childbirth Services offers prenatal classes and doula services in Durham Region.

Lamaze Prepared Childbirth of Durham Region 905-723-7373

Lamaze Prepared Childbirth offers prenatal classes and baby care classes in Durham Region.

Breastfeeding Classes - Markham Stouffville Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic

Clinic Information 905-472-7534

Offered at the Markham Stouffville Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic are breastfeeding preparation classes for women who are 36-38 weeks pregnant. These classes are offered Saturdays from 2-3pm at a small cost. Call to register.
The Conscious Body - Massage Therapy & Wellness Center 905-493-6100
103 Mary Street W. 2nd & 3rd Floor Whitby, ON

Offering prenatal and postpartum massage therapy, childbirth classes, doula services, placenta encapsulation, birth pool rentals and monthly positive birth and parenting groups. Services offered in York Region, Durham Region, Northumberland and Peterborough.

From Bump to Baby 416-523-1211

From Bump to Baby offers Childbirth classes which will prepare you for the changes to your body during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. A CAPPA certified Childbirth Educator is always there to provide support, answer all your questions and give you useful pregnancy and birthing tools.

Postpartum Resources

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

Program Information 1-800-841-2729

Services by public health nurses include; telephone counselling and home visits to provide support and information, assessment of family needs and referrals to community resources, including the family visitor program. For pregnant woman, those planning a pregnancy, women with newborns and families with children 0-6 years of age.

Durham's Best Start Network

Best Start Network

This resource offers a description of the program and relevant contact information.

Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources

These Early Learning Centres offer friendly meeting places for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children 0-6 years of age in their care. All programs are free of charge. The centres are places where adults and children come to play together, meet new friends, gain skills and share ideas. Centres are available in Beaverton, Cannington, Sunderland and Uxbridge.

EarlyON Family and Child Centres

Search for a Centre Near You

EarlyON 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. They 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.

Breastfeeding Support - Durham Region Health Unit

Program Information 1-800-841-2729

The health unit offers one-on-one support and many support groups throughout the region. Call the Health Connection line or follow the above link for more information.

Drop-In Breastfeeding Support Groups - Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax and Pickering Site

Program Information 905-683-2320, ext 1597

The aim of the drop-in support group is to help mothers ensure greater success with feeding their babies the natural way. The group meets at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Rouge Valley Health System, Centenary Site

Program Information 416-284-8131, ext 4530

In addition to providing in-hospital support for new mothers, the clinic also offers prenatal assessment for women planning to breastfeed and follow-up and support for mothers in the community. The clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Clinic visits are for mother, baby and a support person. Our 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.

Durham Region Breastfeeding Coalition

Contact Information 905-985-7321 ext. 5525

The Durham Region Breastfeeding Coalition is a multidisciplinary group working to promote and support breastfeeding in Durham Region.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Markham-Stouffville Hospital

Clinic Information 905-472-7351

A Lactation Consultant is available to assist you with breastfeeding while in hospital Sunday - Friday (Markham site: Outpatient Obstetrical Clinic, Unit 4WG, building B, top floor). Phone and visit website for more information and to register.

Kiddie Proofers - All About Child Safety

Kiddie Proofers offers childproofing products, safety consultations, CPR classes, car seat clinics, home installations, car seat installations and the highest quality, safety products on the market today. Our goal is to provide parents and caregivers with valuable safety information to help guard against potential dangers to children. Our product knowledge, in childproofing products, professional installation services and customer service, is of paramount importance.

Kiddie Proofers 1-800-601-KIDS (5437)

Postpartum Mood Disorders Support Group - Durham Region Health Unit

Program Information 1-800-841-2729

Postpartum mood disorders are more than just Baby Blues. Even though the symptoms such as feeling teary, sad, overwhelmed, irritable, and tired are the same, these symptoms last much longer in Postpartum Mood Disorders. Talk with people who understand, share your experiences, and learn from others in a safe and supportive environment.

Additional Resources

Smoke Free Resources - Durham Region Health Unit

Durham Region Health Unit Smoke Free Information

The Durham Region Health Unit offers many quit smoking programs and groups at no cost for adults who are planning to quit smoking. For more informations on programs and groups available call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241.

Durham Distress Centre

905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688

24 Hour helpline for people in Durham region.

Mobile Crisis Unit

905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890

Support for people in a mental health crisis. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.