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 Parkdale, High Park or Davenport.

Pregnancy Care

St. Joseph's Health Centre

www.stjoe.on.ca
Family Birthing Centre: 416-530-6000, ext. 6052
30 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M6R 1B5

Midwife Alliance

www.midwifealliance.ca
416-534-9161
midwifealliance@gmail.com
166 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON, M8Y 1J2
Staff privileges at St. Joseph's Health Centre

Kensington Midwives

www.kensingtonmidwives.ca
416-928-9777
kmw@kensingtonmidwives.ca
450-340 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A9
Staff privileges at St. Joseph's Health Centre

Prenatal Tours

St. Joseph's Health Centre

To book a tour call: 416-530-6367
Tours are offered for free to anyone planning to deliver at St. Joseph's Health Centre. If you are taking a prenatal class at St. Joseph's a tour is already included in the class series.

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.

Childbirth Preparation Classes - St. Joseph's Health Centre

Class Information 416-530-6367

This 6 week course will help prepare you for labour, birth, and the postnatal period. Various labour coping techniques (breathing and relaxation) will be demonstrated. Breastfeeding and caring for the normal newborn will also be discussed. Classes run from 6:45 pm until 8:45 pm on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. On Thursday evenings classes run from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The cost is $100 per couple. Follow the link above for more information and to register.

Prenatal Class Mini Series - St. Joseph's Health Centre

Class Information 416-530-6367

The elements from the regular six-class series have been condensed in order to accommodate those women who are unable to commit to a full six-week evening program. This mini-series focuses on birthing, and includes a video on birth and a tour of our Family Birthing Centre. Other topics touched on include new mother and baby care, as well as practical demonstrations of breathing and relaxation techniques. Parents who choose to take the condensed course are strongly encourage to enroll in further breastfeeding and newborn care classes. The cost is $75 per couple. Follow the link above for more information, to register, and to read about the additional classes offered.

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.

Prenatal Nutrition and Support Program - Parkdale Parents' Primary Prevention Project

Program Information to register call 416-537-8222 ext. 502 or 505

The program provides an opportunity to get support and information from a nurse, dietitian, settlement worker or counsellors. Information sessions on new topics are offered each week.

Women's Connection Program
27 Roncesvalles Ave. Suite 301 & 503
Toronto, ON M6R 3B2
email: 5ps@pchc.on.ca

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 Clinic - St. Joseph's Hospital

Clinic Information 416-530-6331

This service is available Monday to Friday by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment.

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.

New Mothers Group- St. Joseph's Hospital

Program Information 416-530-6331

For first time mothers with babies 6 weeks to 3 months of age. This is an opportunity for mothers to connect with other new mothers and discuss newborn issues. This class will be facilitated by a registered nurse. The class runs from 10 to 11:30 am. Please call to register.

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

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.

Baby Time - St. Joseph's Hospital

Program Information 416-530-6367

Babytime is a time for babies ages 4-12 months and their parent or caregiver to share fun learning experiences through songs, rhymes, finger plays and books. It is a time to watch, play with, talk to, stimulate and enjoy your baby! Each class is one hour in length and occurs weekly for 6 consecutive weeks, the cost is $55. Call for more information and follow the above link to register.

Gentle Yoga for Moms and Babes - St. Joseph's Hospital

Program Information 416-530-6367

Connect with your baby while you receive the benefits of yoga. This class will allow you to stretch and exercise your tired body, breathe in new energy and take time for yourself to relax in the company of other new mothers. Recommended for all fitness levels. The cost is $55 for 6 weeks. Call for more information and follow the above link to register.

Parkdale Parents' Primary Prevention Project

Project Information [PDF] to register call 416-537-8222 ext. 502 or 505

The Parkdale Parents' Primary Prevention Project offers programs for pregnant women and families with young children. These include; Mom and Baby Circle, Women's Health Centre Playroom, Postive Parenting, First Aid Training, Daddy Matters, and Prenatal Nutrition and Support Program. Call for more information and to register.

Women's Connection Program
27 Roncesvalles Ave. Suite 301 & 503
Toronto, ON M6R 3B2
email: 5ps@pchc.on.ca

The Ontario Early Years Centres

Davenport 416-588-3755
Parkdale-High Park 416-762-3700

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.