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
Pregnant women who live in Region of Waterloo have the opportunity to meet with a Public Health Nurse, beginning with the Prebirth Clinic. Women are encouraged to attend a Prebirth Clinic at one of the two area hospitals early in their pregnancy, ideally between 16 and 20 weeks gestation. The appointment takes approximately 30 minutes. At the appointment a prenatal assessment will be completed, prebirth package information will be distributed and reviewed, and families will be connected with community services. Call for more information and to make an appointment.
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 Class - Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Class Information 519-621-2333, ext. 4355
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 Basics Class - Grand River Hospital
Class Information 519-749-4300, ext. 2793
This class provides expectant parents with information on breastfeeding for expectant families. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will provide instruction on position and latch, what to expect in the first 48 hours, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, how to avoid sore nipples and other problems, and what to do if you need help. The course costs $25 per couple. Please call to register.
Me? Breastfeed? - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Workshop Information 519-772-1016
This is a free workshop held monthly. At the workshop you will learn about breastfeeding, discover how it can fit your lifestyle, and learn how to breastfeed. All the instructors are mothers who have breastfed a baby. These mothers offer a wide range of experience, based on their own personal journey. These volunteers are part of the Breastfeeding Buddies Program at Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre. They have been trained by experts to help women with breastfeeding. Please call for more information and to register.
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.
Growing Healthy Two-gether Program - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Program Information 519-883-2006
This Canada-wide program is for women and youth who want to have a healthy baby, but may be financially disadvantaged or socially isolated. There are five locations available throughout the Region of Waterloo. There is no cost associated with this program. Come to learn about cooking and eating well, get tips on cooking and meal preparation, meet other women, share questions and concerns, and prepare for the birth of your new baby. Call for more information and to register.
Prenatal Health Fairs - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Upcoming Fair Information 519-883-2006
Prenatal Health Fairs happen three times a year throughout Waterloo Region. At a Prenatal Health Fair, future parents will learn how a healthy pregnancy helps build a healthy baby. Prenatal health fairs are designed for parents planning a pregnancy in the future and for parents in early pregnancy. They offer over 50 displays, mini workshops, videos and access to care providers who will answer your questions.
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 519-883-2245
Postbirth Clinics are provided by a partnership of Grand River and Cambridge Memorial Hospitals and Region of Waterloo Public Health for mothers and newborns discharged from one of these hospitals. The clinics offer voluntary support for mothers and babies. The clinics, located at both hospitals, are staffed by Public Health Nurses. Appointments take 20 to 30 minutes. Your partner or a support person is welcome to come with you. Call the Healthy Children Info Line for more information.
Postpartum Contact With a Public Health Nurse - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Program Information 519-883-2245
If they agree, mothers who choose not to take their newborn to a Postbirth Clinic will receive a telephone call from a Public Health Nurse. The Public Health Nurse will ask how the mother and baby are doing, answer questions and offer information about community resources. If more support is required, the mother may be offered a home visit.
In-Hospital Breastfeeding Support - Grand River Hospital
Twice a day there are group breastfeeding sessions for all new mothers. Your nurse, midwife or doctor may access an international board certified lactation consultant on your behalf so that she may visit you and consult on your specific challenges.
Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Grand River Hospital
Clinic Information 519-749-4355
If you delivered your baby at Grand River Hospital, breastfeeding support services is able to provide telephone support and clinic appointments for clients with babies under one month of age. You may have a follow-up appointment booked for you when you are discharged from hospital or you may call to book your own appointment. Please call for telephone support or questions or to book an appointment.
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.
Postpartum Mood Disorders Group - Grand River Hospital
Group Information 519-749-4300, ext. 2267
One out of 10 women who give birth will experience a postpartum mood disorder. For more information on the support group at Grand River Hospital please call.
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.
Nobodys Perfect - Region of Waterloo Public Health
Program Information 519-883-2235
This is a program for parents of children from birth to five years of age. This is a casual place for parents to relax and enjoy a snack while talking to other parents about having children. It's also a time to learn what you have always wanted to know about parenting. Topics covered include; discipline, safety, health, and helping your child build self-esteem. Parents meet with a group leader to share their experiences and find ways to make parenting easier and more fun. This program includes free childcare and a ride to and from the group location. For further information and to register please call the Healthy Children Info Line.
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.
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.