The following is a list of resources you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in the District of Algoma.
Lady Dunn Health Centre
17 Government Road, Wawa, ON, P0S 1K0
Sault Area Hospital
750 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 0A8
St. Joseph's General Hospital Elliot Lake
70 Spine Road, Elliot Lake, ON, P5A 1X2
Midwives of Algoma
Pre-Admission Session and Tour - Sault Area Hospital
Tour Information 705-759-3810
This visit is a pre-admission appointment that prepares both the expectant parents and the healthcare team for the birth of your child. During your visit to the Prenatal Pre-Admission Session and Tour, a registered nurse will provide you with an information package outlining common questions regarding your personal care and that of your newborn infant. You do not need a referral to attend. Expectant parents are asked to call as soon as possible after 20 weeks gestation to schedule your prenatal pre-admission education class and tour.
Parent Child Information Line - Algoma Public Health Unit
705-541-7101 or 1-888-537-5741
Contact the Parent Child Information Line to register for programs, make an appointment or speak to a public health nurse. The Information Line is available 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Prenatal Education - Algoma Public Health Unit
Learn about having a healthy pregnancy, labour and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn safety, fatherhood, and much more. A variety of prenatal education options are available for expectant mothers and their partners. These include, evening prenatal sessions, daytime mini-sessions, young parents connection, individual consultations, and information packages. Call to register as early as possible as space is limited.
Prepared Childbirth Classes - Women's Health Centre
A series of six classes are offered to prepare expectant parents for the birth experience. Classes are held Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Y.M.C.A. (teen room). Body building exercises, relaxation and breathing techniques are taught to assist the pregnant woman during labour and delivery. The classes are most effective if taken in the last two months of your pregnancy and are taught by a registered nurse. Cost is $35/couple for enrollees of the Group Health Centre and $40.00/couple for non-enrollees. Please call the Women’s Health Centre to register for this class or if you need further information.
Breastfeeding Class - Women's Health Centre
This is a single session program held monthly at the Women’s Health Centre from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., always on a Monday. The class is intended as an introduction to breastfeeding. Prenatal preparation of the breasts, proper latching and other breastfeeding techniques will be discussed. A video will be shown prior to the class at the Women’s Health Centre. Please bring a doll or teddy bear to class. There is no fee for this class, please call the Women’s Health Centre at 759-5552 to register or for more information.
Nurse Practitioner Clinic
126 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie
The Nurse Practitioner Clinic is available to expectant mothers and caregivers with children under 6 years of age, who live in the Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area, and who have no family physician. The clinic may provide postpartum care for mom, birth control, pap smears, screening for possible health problems, well baby care, immunizations, monitoring of growth and developments of children, treatment of common problems. Call the Parent Child Information Line to book your appointment.
Parent Child Information Centre
294 Willow Avenue, Suite 101, Sault Ste. Marie, P6B 0A9
Monday to Friday, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the Information Centre and meet with a public health nurse for breastfeeding support, infant nutrition, growth and development, parenting resources, and support for postpartum depression.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children - Algoma Public Health Unit
Program Information 705-541-7101
The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program is a home visiting program for pregnant women and parents under six years of age. A public health nurse and family home visitor work closely to meet your needs. Both can provide advice and support about pregnancy and parenting over the phoen or in person. When needed they may also link families to support services in the community. Visits can be done in your home or where you feel comfortable. You can begin and end the program at any time. The program is free and completely confidential. Call to sign up for this program.
Breastfeeding Friends Program - Algoma Public Health Unit
Progam Information 705-541-7101
Algoma Public Health has trained breastfeeding volunteers who can provide telephone support before and after your baby arrives. Call for more information and to register for the program.
Let's Grow - Algoma Public Health Unit
Program Information 705-541-7101
Let’s Grow is a free age-based developmental resource mailed to families at intervals corresponding to their child’s age, from birth to age 5. Each package includes information about growth and development, safety, nutrition, play tips and community resources. Please call to register if you would like to receive the mailout.
Parenting Programs - Algoma Public Health Unit
Program Information 705-541-7101
The Algoma Public Health Unit offers a number of parenting programs. Follow the link above ore call for more information the programs offered.
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!
Smoke Free Resources - Algoma Public Health
Program Information 705-942-4646
The Algoma Public Health Tobacco Cessation Clinic provides intensive one-on-one tobacco cessation counselling by a public health nurse with specialized training in tobacco cessation to clients who are seeking information and/or support regarding quitting tobacco use or remaining tobacco-free. Call to make an appointment with a Smoking Cessation Counselor.
Car Restraint System Clinics
Clinic Information 705-942-4646, ext. 3040
The Algoma Public Health Unit offers care restraint system clinics for caregivers of children less than 80 pounds. Clinics are held on the first and third Thursday of every month. Appointments are 30 minutes in length. Call to book an appointment.
Recreation Directories - Algoma Public Health Unit
The Algoma Public Health Unit maintains recreation directories for Blind River, Elliot Lake, Wawa, and Sault Ste. Marie. Follow the link above to access the directories.
Walking Trails - Northern Trails Collaborative
The Northern Trails Collaborative has created a comprehensive trail resource for Northern Ontario. Follow the link above for information on trails in your area.
24 Hour Crisis Services - Sault Area Hospital
705-859-3398 or 1-800-721-0077