The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in the Greater Toronto areas of the Danforth or Beaches.

Pregnancy Care

Toronto East General Hospital

www.tegh.on.ca
Labour and Delivery: 416-461-8272, ext. 6215 or 2127
825 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4C 3E7

Maternal and Newborn Health Care - Toronto East General Hospital

www.tgh.on.ca
416-469-6580, ext. 3514
840 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 4C2

Midwives Clinic of East York and Don Mills

www.themidwivesclinic.ca
416-424-1976
themidwivesclinic@bellnet.ca
1 Leaside Park Drive, Unit 3, Toronto, ON, M4H 1R1
Staff privileges at Toronto East General Hospital

Prenatal Tours

Toronto East General Hospital

To book a tour call: 416-469-6130

Tours of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Centre are held Thursday evenings at 6pm. Registration is required.

Prenatal Resources

Toronto Health Connection Line - Toronto Public Health

416-338-7600

A line staffed by public health nurses who can provide information about health issues and community services. The line is staffed from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Pre & Postnatal Classes - Toronto East General Hospital

Class Information 416-469-6130

The Pre & Postnatal classes at Toronto East General Hospital will help prepare you for your birth experience and those early weeks with your new baby. Take a hospital tour, watch videos, practice comfort measures such as breathing during labour and share concerns with other expectant parents. These classes provide an excellent opportunity to meet other mothers and babies; women can share their experiences and develop a valuable support network.

Classes cover everything from breastfeeding and baby care to adjustment to parenthood, staying fit, coping with fatigue and isolation, going back to work, daycare, weaning, child development and more. There is even a class geared specifically for Grandparents.

Parents may choose from a one day class or a 6 week series. Classes cost $200. Call for more information and to register.

Prenatal Program - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This program for women who are 3 to 6 months pregnant covers topics such as; having a healthy pregnancy, emotional health, managing stress, healthy eating, labour and birth, breastfeeding and becoming a parent. The program consists of four classes held on weekday evenings from 7-9pm. Classes are facilitated by a Public Health Nurse and are offered at several sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.

Prenatal Programs For At-Risk Women - Toronto Public Health

416-338-7600

Toronto Public Health offers specialized programs for a number of at-risk groups of women in the Toronto area. These groups include women at-risk of having a low birth weight baby, women in their teens or early twenties, women who are new to Canada, and women facing challenging life situations such as hunger and poverty. Programs are offered at several sites throughout Toronto. Call the Health Connection Line for more information.

Adult, Child, and Infant CPR Classes - Toronto East General Hospital

Class Information 416--469-6130

This class will teach you how to handle emergency situations with adults, children, and infants. This 3 hour course is taught by a certified instructor. It covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking. The cost is $45 per person or $80 per couple. Classes run on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9pm.

Postpartum Resources

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children - Toronto Public Health Unit

Program Information 416-338-7600

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program is a confidential and voluntary home visiting program for families who are pregnant or have children up to age six. Through this program a Public Health Nurse can link you to a broad range of programs and services. For more information and to book a home visit call the Toronto Health Connection Line.

Breastfeeding Support - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

By calling the Toronto Health Connection Line you can receive support over the phone regarding your breastfeeding questions and concerns. If you wish, you may book a home visit with a Public Health Nurse for further breastfeeding support.

Breastfeeding Resource Centre - Toronto East General Hospital

Program Information 416-469-6667

The Breastfeeding Resource Centre is open six days a week from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on a drop in basis. The Clinic is closed on Sundays, and statutory holidays. Call or follow the link above for more information.

Living and Learning With Baby - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This 5 week group program for parents with children 6 weeks to 6 months old focusses on enhancing parenting capacity, supporting transition to parenthood, and building parental support systems. It is offered at many sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.

Make The Connection - Toronto Public Health

Program Information 416-338-7600

This 9 week program for parents with children 6 weeks to 12 months old focusses on secure attachment, two-way communication, infant led learning, the importance of early years, and the importance of the parent-child relationship. It is offered at many sites throughout Toronto. Call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information and to register.

East Toronto Postpartum Adjustment Program

416-469-7608

Thisprogram is designed for women that have recently given birth or have adopted a child and are experiencing episodes of postpartum adjustment. Call for more information and to book an appointment.

The Ontario Early Years Centres

Beaches-East York 416-686-3390
Danforth 416-425-3636, ext. 246

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.

MumNet

www.mumnet.ca

MumNet provides an opportunity for mothers who are at home with small children to meet in a supportive group setting. To this end, the Network operates 14 groups in a variety of locations across Metro Toronto. Each group meets once a week for a two hour session which includes a 45-minute low-impact aerobics class and a one-hour discussion led by the volunteer leaders of the group. A qualified fitness instructor provides the fitness portion of the program and the children are cared for on the premises by experienced caregivers.

Naturopathic and Breastfeeding Services - Toronto Community Acupuncture Clinic

www.laurakd.com

Laura Kent-Davidson is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) offering breastfeeding services through the Toronto Community Acupuncture Clinic. Home visits are available for breastfeeding families. For more information, contact:

Laura Kent-Davidson ND, IBCLC
Naturopathic Doctor and Lactation Consultant
27 Davies Ave,
Toronto, Ont
M4M 2A9
kd.laura@yahoo.com

Village Mommy

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!

Additional Resources

Distress Line

www.torontodistresscentre.com 416-408-4357

Provides confidential 24 hour emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention to persons in distress. There is access to a confidential interpreter for 151 languages.

The Mental Health Helpline

www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca 1-866-531-2600

Provides information about mental health services in Ontario such as counselling services and supports in the community, basic education about mental illness and offers support and provides strategies to those in need. Service is offered 24 hrs a day, translation services available if needed.

Clinical Health Psychologist - Dr. Stacy Thomas, PHD, C. PSYCH

www.drstacythomas.com

Having a baby is supposed to be a time of great joy and excitement. However, for some, the physical and lifestyle changes related to pregnancy and parenthood can trigger feelings of great turmoil and even despair. Dr. Thomas provides treatment to help those struggling emotionally during pregnancy, after pregnancy or undergoing infertility treatment. Typically, psychologist’s fees are covered by most extended health benefit plans. If they are not, they can be used as an income tax deduction.