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 Don Valley, Willowdale or Eglington-Lawrence.

Pregnancy Care

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

www.sunnybrook.ca
Birthing Unit: 416-480-6995
2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5

North York General Hospital

www.nygh.on.ca
Mother and Baby Unit: 416-756-6286
4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON, M2K 1E1

Family Doctors with Obstetrical Practices - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

www.sunnybrook.ca

Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto

www.sgmt.ca
416-530-7468
midwife@sgmt.ca
Located within the Toronto Birth Centre
525 Dundas Street East, Second Floor
Staff privileges at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Midwifery Care of North Don River Valley

www.midwifercare-ndrv.com
416-222-0093
200 Finch Street Westm Unit 109, North York, ON, M2R 3W4
Staff privileges at North York General Hospital

Prenatal Tours

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To book a tour call: 416-480-5368

Tours are offered as part of the prenatal class series offered at the hospital or as a seperate 1 hour class.

North York General Hospital

Tours may be booked online.

A tour of North York General Hospital's Labour and Delivery area and the Mother and Baby Unit is available to help you get familiar with the facilities. Tours are conducted by hospital volunteers and are designed for new parents who are not planning to take prenatal classes. Parents taking prenatal classes at North York General will take a tour as a part of their class series. Tours are run Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:15pm to 9pm. They cost $10 per couple.

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.

Preparation for Childbirth Classes - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Class Information 416-480-5368

This course prepares first-time parents for their birth and postpartum experience. Classes cover; labour and delivery, comfort measures and coping skills, medications and interventions, casarian section, breastfeeing, hospital tour, resources, and a class reunion. Weekly evening series of four 3 hour classes costs $175 per couple. The weekend workshop of two 7 hour classes costs $190 per couple. Call for more information and to register.

Labour and Birth Refresher Class - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Class Information 416-480-5368

Refresh your memory about labour and birth. Includes coping techniques, hospital tour and learning how to prepare for your growing family. The class costs $60 per couple. This class is not intended for first-time parents. Call for more information and to register.

Preparation for Labour and Birth Course - North York General Hospital

Class Information

The Preparation for Labour and Birth course focuses on preparing for the birth of your baby. Topics covered include: physical changes in pregnancy, signs of labour, the process of labour and pain management for labour and birth. Various class times and formats are offered. The cost is $125 per couple. Follow the link above 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.

Baby Care Workshop - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Class Information 416-480-5368

Learn how to care for and cope with a newborn. Besides tips on bathing, diapering and soothing, this 3-hour workshop covers baby equipment, when to call the doctor, and parenting styles. The cost is $50 per couple. Call for more information and to register.

Caring For Baby - North York General Hospital

Class Information

The Caring for Baby course focuses on how to care for your newborn in the hospital and in the first few weeks after you return home. Topics covered include: physical care of the newborn, an overview of breastfeeding, newborn behaviour, child proofing your home and how to identify illnesses. Two different class formats are offered. The cost is $60 per couple. Follow the link above to register.

Breastfeeding Program - North York General Hospital

Class Information

The North York General Hospital Breastfeeding Program is designed to provide parents with the knowledge and some of the skills necessary to breastfeed successfully. The course focuses on the “how to” of breastfeeding and allows for some hands-on practice with dolls. Both parents are encouraged to attend. Classes run Monday to Friday from 7-9:30pm for one week. Please check the online schedule for available dates. The cost is $30 per couple. Follow the link above to register.

Big Kids Class - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Class Information 416-480-5368

This class helps your children prepare for the new baby. The class runs for 2 hours on Saturday mornings. A brief tour is included. The cost is $35 for the first child and $15 per additional child. Call for more information and to register.

Sibling Class - North York General Hospital

Class Information

The Sibling Class helps prepare children to become big brothers and sisters. Parents and their children participate in interactive games, videos and activities, including an opportunity to see a real newborn. All children receive a diploma at the end of the class. The class is offered on one Saturday morning, every other month, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The cost is $25 for the first child and $5 for each additional sibling attending the class. Follow the above link to register.

Child Emergency Workshop - Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Workshop Information 416-480-5368

A 3-hour basic first-aid course with an overview of CPR for parents and caregivers of infants and small children. Presented by Link to Life Seminars. The cost is $40 per person. Call for more information and to register.

Link to Life Emergency Workshop - North York General Hospital

Workshop Information

The Link to Life Emergency Workshop is designed to help prepare you and your partner to deal with child-related medical emergencies and is taught by a certified instructor. A variety of topics are covered from basic first aid and CPR for infants and children to child proofing your home. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings. The cost is $37 per person. Follow the link above to register.

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 - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Clinic Information 416-480-5900

The clinic provides breastfeeding counselling, education and care plans for women whose health care providers are at Sunnybrook. Support includes daily breastfeeding classes taught by the nurses and lactation consultants, a 24-hour telephone helpline and a 7-day-a-week appointment schedule. The lactation consultants work individually with each family to develop a plan of care, while more complex cases are referred to the nurse practitioner or physician. Call for more information and to book an appointment.

Follow-Up Clinic - North York General Hospital

Clinic Information 416-633-9420, ext. 6046

North York General Hospital's Mother and Baby Follow-up Clinic, located at the Branson Site, is designed to provide parents with the support and follow-up they need. The clinic supports mothers whose baby was born at North York General Hospital. Mothers receive care and support from a nurse specializing in maternal/newborn assessments, breastfeeding, and health and wellness for mother and baby. If need for follow-up is identified while you are in the hospital, your nurse will arrange an appointment at the Follow-up Clinic at the time of your discharge. If you would like to make an appointment once you are home, please call the number above.

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.

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

Don Valley East 416-496-2601
Don Valley West 416-421-8997
Eglington-Lawrence 416-783-7298
Willowdale 416-494-1579, ext. 301

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.

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.