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 Rosedale, St. Paul's, Trinity-Spadina or Toronto Centre.

Pregnancy Care

Mount Sinai Hospital

www.mountsinai.on.ca
Labour Triage Phone Line: 416-586-4800, ext. 3210
600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X5

St. Michael's Hospital

www.stmichaelshospital.com
30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8

The Midwives Collective of Toronto

www.midwivescollective.ca

416-963-8842
midwivescollective@bellnet,ca
403-344 Dupont Street, Toronto, OB, M5R 1V9
Staff privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital

Community Midwives of Toronto

Community Midwives Facebook Page
416-944-9366
344 Bloor Street West, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J2
Staff privileges at St. Michael's Hospital

Riverdale Community Midwives

www.riverdalemidwives.com
416-922-4004
48 River Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 3N9
Staff privileges at St. Michael's Hospital

Prenatal Tours

Mount Sinai Hospital

To book a tour call: 416-586-4800, ext. 6779 or register online

Please plan to take your tour 4 to 6 weeks before your due date, and book early as tours fill up quickly. The hospital tour will introduce you to the services offered at Mount Sinai and help prepare you for your hospital stay. You will visit the Labour and Delivery Unit, Mother-Baby Unit and the Breastfeeding Centre. Please come with your list of questions. Tours run alternate Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tours cost $10 per couple.

Mount Sinai Hospital - Online Virtual Tour

wwww.mountsinai.on.ca/Tour

If you are unable to book a tour or you would prefer an online tour follow the above link to access the virtual tour of the Mount Sinai Hospital.

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.

Prenatal Education Program - Mount Sinai Hospital

Program Information 416-586-4800, ext. 2307

The Prenatal Education Program at Mount Sinai Hospital offers a number of prenatal classes to meet your needs. All of the classes are taught by experienced health-care professionals. Please book your classes early in your second trimester as they fill up quickly. Plan to take your classes between 30 and 37 weeks. Please follow the link above for more information and to register online.

Online Prenatal Program - Toronto Public Health

416-338-7600

Welcome to Parenting is a free online prenatal program for women and their partners who are living in Toronto, and are expecting a baby. This program provides expectant parents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to have a baby and prepare for parenthood. Topics include: having a healthy pregnancy, healthy eating during pregnancy, basic labour and birth, breastfeeding, and becoming a parent. Register online or call the Toronto Health Connection Line for more information.

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.

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 Centre - Mount Sinai Hospital

Centre Information 416-586-4800, ext. 7409

Inpatient consultations are available for women on the Mother-Baby Units who meet the criteria for referral. If you are interested in a consultation, your nurse can make a referral.

Breastfeeding classes are offered on a daily basis for women in the Mother-Baby Units. These classes include; tips for success in the early days of breastfeeding, ideas for solving common breastfeeding problems, and answers to your breastfeeding questions. Classes take place Monday to Friday at 10am in the 10th floor classroom and Saturday to Sunday at 10am in the Family Lounge.

Outpatient consultations are available 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm, by appoinment only. These consultations are for any mother and baby who are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding after discharge from hospital. Call for more information and to make an appointment.

Telephone advice is available 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. Typical issues of concern include: treatment of low milk supply, mastitis, sore nipples and yeast infections.

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.

The Ontario Early Years Centres

Rosedale 416-686-3390
St. Paul's 416-920-3515
Trinity-Spadina 416-532-8100
Native and Family Services 416-969-8510

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.