The following is a list of resources you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in North Bay, Parry Sound, and Nipissing.

Pregnancy Care

West Parry Sound Health Centre
6 Albert Street, Parry Sound, ON, P2A 3A4

North Bay Regional Health Centre
50 College Drive, North Bay, ON, P1B 8G5

Birthcare Midwifery

Hospital privileges at North Bay Regional Health Centre

Powassan Site:
488 Main Street, Powassan, ON, P0H 1Z0

North Bay Site:
480 Fisher Street, North Bay, ON, P1B 9M9

Midwives of North Bay

222 McIntyre Street West, Suite 508, North Bay, ON, P1B 2Y8
Hospital privileges at North Bay Regional Health Centre

Prenatal Resources

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
North Bay: 705-474-1400
Burk's Falls: 705-382-2018
Parry Sound: 705-746-5801

Registered Nurses are available from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. They can provide information about health issues and community services.

Prenatal Clinic - North Bay Regional Health Centre

Clinic Information 705-474-8600, ext. 4937

This pre-admission process is designed to streamline the admission process for all pregnant women planning to give birth at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. The appointment is advised/arranged by the Physician's/Midwife's office or by the client herself and should be completed during the 28th week of pregnancy. At this clinic, you will meet with a Registered Nurse. She will ask you questions to help plan your care. You will also learn about services that might be helpful during pregnancy and after your baby is born. Please call to book an appointment.

Pre-admission Elective Caesarian Section Clinic - North Bay Regional Health Centre

Clinic Information 705-474-8600, ext. 4937

This clinic is intended for women who are having an elective caesarian section at North Bay Regional Health Centre. The appointment takes only 45 minutes and includes pre-operative blood work and education. The appointment will be arranged through your physician or midwife.

Adult Prenatal Classes - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Class Information
Burk's Falls: 1-800-563-2808
North Bay: 705-474-1400, ext. 2285 (Includes Mattawa and Sturgeon Falls)
Parry Sound: 705-746-5801

This prenatal education program taught by registered nurses includes a four class series focused on the health of you and your baby. Additional classes about labour & birthing and infant development may also be offered. Families may choose to take the entire prenatal series or just the labour & birthing class. Classes are offered at 3 different locations throughout the region. Please follow the link above for more information about classes in your area. Please call to register for classes in your area.

Teen Prenatal Classes - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Class Information 1-800-563-2808

These classes are offered to pregnant women up to age 19. Support persons are encourage to attend class as well. This prenatal education program includes six classes focused on the health of you and your baby. All prenatal classes are taught by Registered Nurses in North Bay. Afternoon and evening classes are available. Please call to register for the class series.

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Program Information 1-800-563-2808

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program provides support to pregnant women and their families through home visiting by Public Health Nurses and trained Family Home Visitors. When applicable, families will be linked to other services in the community. This program is available to pregnant women and women in the postpartum period with children up to 6 years of age. This program is voluntary and can begin or end at anytime you choose. Please call for more information.

Metis Nation of Ontario Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

Program Information
contact: Lisa Poulin
101 Worthington Street East, Suite 332, North Bay, ON, P1B 1G5

The MNO Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, funded by the provincial government is a prevention/intervention strategy for families with children aged 0-6. It includes preparation for parenting, prenatal and postnatal care. The goal is to assist all Aboriginal families in providing an environment for the healthy development of children through home visits, service coordination and referrals. The program, which provides support for children at risk, is voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family who requests the service.

Prenatal Nutritional Support Program - MotherCare Nipissing

Program Information

MotherCare Nipissing is a prenatal nutritional support program that offers free, nutritious food to supplement the needs of pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers (for the first two months) in the community. Every Wednesday morning a drop-in is held at Trinity United Church, which can be found at the corner of Ferguson Street and McIntyre Street East. Childcare is provided so that mothers can receive information on other community and social support services while focusing on healthy eating education. The program is staffed by a nutritionist, a social worker, a nurse, an early childhood educator, and volunteers who encourage all pregnant women to attend.

Aboriginal Programs and Services

Many centres throughout the region offer Aboriginal specific programming. Programs cover topics such as prenatal nutrition, prenatal education, infant develeopment, and pre/post natal exercise. Contact the organization in your area for more information on programs offered.

North Bay Indian Friendship Centre

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Nipissing First Nation

Parry Sound Friendship Centre

Postpartum Resources

Maternal Newborn Clinic - North Bay Regional Health Centre

Clinic Information 705-474-8600, ext. 4087

Once mother and baby are ready for discharge from the hospital, they are given a follow-up appointment at the Maternal Newborn Clinic. This appointment will occur within 72 hours of discharge from the hospital. Postpartum adjustment support and education as well as infant feeding and assessment are some of the services offered at the clinic. Linkages with community partners and support services, as the patients needs indicate, can be initiated at this visit.

Breastfeeding Peer Support Program - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Program Information 705-474-1400, ext. 2356

This program is a mother-to-mother telephone support program. Trained volunteers who haev breastfed their babies for at least 6 months provide breastfeeding support and non-medical information to women during their prenatal as well as postnatal period. This service is preferably arranged before you have your baby. Please call to register for this program.

Play Your Part Parenting Program

Program Information 705-472-0910

The Play Your Part Parenting Program is offered to all parents in the District of Nipissing through the Family and Child Centers funded by Best Start. The program builds its foundation on the premise that what happens to a child within their first years of life will play a large role in influencing the path that they will follow as adults. The program offers a wide variety of hands-on activities, social support, coping skills evaluation, and on-site structured childcare. The program has four series, designated by the age of the child(ren): newborn to six months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, and 2-6 years. Call for more information.

Nipissing District Best Start

Program Descriptions

Nipissing District Best Start Child & Family Centres provide a safe, convenient and welcoming environment for children and parents to play, interact and learn together as well as receive support under the guidance of a knowledgeable Early Childhood Educator and other professionals. All programs, activities, workshops and resources are free. Caring professional staff at each location assist parents and caregivers to find the answers they need by providing or linking them to the appropriate service or program. Follow the link above for monthly programming calendars.

The Ontario Early Years Centres

Nipissing 705-474-8910, ext. 28
Parry Sound-Muskoka 705-746-9522

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.

Village Mommy 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!

Additional Resources

Smoke Free Resources - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Smoke Free Information 1-800-563-2808

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit offer educational materials and links to community resources for pregnant and postpartum women wanting to quit smoking. Please call for more information.

Walking Trails - Northern Trails Collaborative

Trails Booklet [PDF]

The Northern Trails Collaborative has created a comprehensive trail resource for Northern Ontario. Follow the link above for information on trails in your area.

Mental Health Helpline


The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. The service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.

Parry Sound and Area Crisis Line


This 24 hour crisis line is available to anyone in the Parry Sound area.