The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge.
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
700 Coronation Boulevard, Cambridge, ON, N1R 3G2
Grand River Hospital
519-749-4300, ext. 2652
835 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1N6
St. Jacobs Midwives
Blue Heron Midwives
Kitchener-Waterloo Midwifery Association
Online Prenatal Classes - Region of Waterloo Public Health
The online prenatal program, The Gift of Motherhood eLearning, is an interactive course with audio, videos and games that allows you to understand all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as postpartum care and breastfeeding. The program is free and available to residents of Waterloo Region.
Prenatal Classes - Conestoga College
Class Information 519-748-5220
This course is designed for first time parents who are about to experience the birth of their baby. It will prepare parents for their birth experience and the postpartum period. Topics include: the birth process, preparation of a birth plan, comfort measures for birth, possible medical interventions in labour, cesarean birth, breastfeeding, infant care, and a hospital tour. Cost includes expectant mother and partner. Call or follow the link above to register.
Breastfeeding Workshop - Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Class Information 519-740-8353
Pregnant women and their partners attend this class at approximately 34-36 weeks of pregnancy. The goals of this class are to enable prospective parents to make an informed decision about infant feeding and to promote successful breastfeeding. Patients can register for these classes during their prenatal visit. Please call to register.
Breastfeeding Support - Grand River Hospital
Some mothers need breastfeeding support after going home with their baby. A follow-up appointment may be booked for you with our breastfeeding support services (BFSS) staffed with international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) when you are discharged from the hospital or you may call 519-749-4355 to book your own appointment. We offer telephone support and clinic appointments to mothers in the Waterloo Region with babies up to one week of age.
BFSS operates seven days a week for babies newborn up to seven days of age, with the exception of December 25 and January 1. We are located on the hospital’s main floor just inside the main entrance to the right of the volunteer desk in the children's outpatient clinic.
Breastfeeding Support - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Public Health Breastfeeding Services is run by Public Health Nurses. This service offers one-to-one breastfeeding assessments, advice and referrals to community supports free of charge. All families are encouraged to receive breastfeeding support from a health care provider within 48 hours of discharge from the hospital, even if there are no concerns. The service is available to all families with infants of any age and to those who would like their breastfeeding assessed. There are two clinic locations, one in Cambridge and one in Waterloo. To book an appointment, call Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services at 519-575-4400.
Preparing for Parenthood - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Kitchener - 519-571-1626, ext 33
Waterloo - 519-741-8585
Prepare for a healthy pregnancy and the arrival of your new baby. Share your questions, concerns, and experiences. Topics may include; healthy eating, emotional changes, feeding your newborn, infant safety, healthy lifestyle, exercise during pregnancy, and bonding and attachment. Please call to register.
Childbirth Education Program- YMCA of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo
The YMCA Childbirth Education Course is founded on the guidelines of the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. The course is offered in weeknight or weekend sessions throughout the year. Course topics are designed to help you prepare for your birth experience and the early days of life with a new baby. For information on upcoming dates and how to register, please follow the link.
Healthy Children Info Line
The Healthy Children Info Line can help you with questions about the healthy growth of children up to the age of six. Public Health Nurses answer your questions about breastfeeding, child development, child nutrition, community groups, parenting issues, postpartum mood disorder, and safety. They may also connect you with the appropriate community resources. The line is available weekdays, 9am to noon, and 1:30pm to 4pm.
Clinic Information 519-575-4400
Postbirth Clinics are provided by a partnership of Grand River Hospital and Region of Waterloo Public Health for mothers and newborns discharged from one of the hospital. The clinics offer voluntary support for mothers and babies. Appointments take 20 to 30 minutes. Your partner or a support person is welcome to come with you. Call for more information.
Breastfeeding Buddies - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Program Information 519-772-1016
A Breastfeeding Buddy is a caring, committed and trained volunteer who has breastfed. Buddies provide one-to-one and group support for breastfeeding moms and help connect them with community supports and resources. They understand and listen, provide encouragment, respond to questions and concerns, and share experiences. Please follow the link above or call for more information on the program.
Cambridge Paediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic
Clinic Information 519-620-3600
The Cambridge Paediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic provides support with up to date research and information for all breastfeeding related difficulties. Call to book an appointment with a lactation consultant. A referral from your doctor or midwife is preferred.
Parenting With Passion - KW Counselling Services
Program Information 519-884-0000
Parenting with Passion at KW Counselling Services has been offering quality parenting programs throughout the region for over 15 years. Everyone is eligible for their universal parenting programs. They offer one night workshops as well as 6-8 week courses. Please follow the link above or call for information and to register for upcoming programs.
Positive Parenting Waterloo Region
The PPCC is a group of agencies in Waterloo region who work with parents and children from prenatal to 18 years of age. The PPCC exists to promote the importance of positive parenting, engage community partners in discussions and planning activities for the development of a comprehensive approach to positive parenting in Waterloo Region, and to implement/coordinate activities for the planning of a comprehensive approach to positive parenting in Waterloo Region
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
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.
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!
Crisis Clinic - Grand River Hospital
This clinic is available on evenings and weekends. Please call the above number and ask for the crisis clinic.
Community Mental Health Distress Line
Cambridge Crisis Line
Car Seat Safety Clinic
Clinic Information 519-740-8895
Car Seat Technician volunteers take an active role in promoting the health and safety of the children in our community by assisting parents with the installation of car seats. Volunteers receive comprehensive training as technicians through St. John Ambulance to assist in educational workshops and clinics. A qualified technician will assist to install each car seat and a senior technician will verify the proper installation prior to leaving. Please bring the manuals for your child seat and your car. All inspections are by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment.