The following is a list of resources that you may find useful if you are planning on having a baby in the Greater Toronto area of York.

Pregnancy Care

Humber River Regional Hospital

www.hrrh.ca

Church Street Site
Main Phone Number: 416-249-8111
200 Church Street, Weston, ON, M9N 1N8

Finch Street Site
Main Phone Number: 416-744-2500
2111 Finch Street, Downsview, ON, M3N 1N1

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.

Before you get Pregnant: Are you Ready?

Quiz

York Region Community and Health Services Department has programs and services to help parents and those planning to become parents. Prenatal education classes, breastfeeding clinics and parenting programs are just a few services offered. York Region’s “Building Healthy Families: Are you ready?” campaign encourages men and women to plan ahead for pregnancy, and to seek care early in pregnancy. Complete our Before you get Pregnant: Are you ready? checklist to learn more about what you or your partner can do to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

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 Programs and Drop-Ins - Unison Health and Community Services

Program Information

Unision Health and Community Services offers a number of different prenatal programs at various locations in Toronto. Follow the link above 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.

Community Breastfeeding Centre - Unison Health and Community Services

Centre Information 416-653-5400, ext. 1300
1651 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M6M 3W2

This partnership with Toronto Public Health provides a weekly drop-in offering one-to-one support with a lactation consultant and public health nurse. The Centre also offers a drop-in for informal discussion and emergency help as well as information about community resources. Services include; breastfeeding basics, one-to-one advice, assistance with latching and nipple care, opportunity to socialize with other nursing moms, healthy snacks, informal discussion, and links to community resources. The centre is open every Tuesday from 1-4pm at the Keele-Rogers site. Call 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.

Mental Health and Wellness in Pregnancy and Parenthood

Website or call 1-800-361-5653

Pregnancy or having a baby is not always easy. The adjustment to parenthood can be challenging for many families. This can lead to mood changes or even perinatal mood disorders (PMD). Learn more about mental health during preganancy and after, how to make a healthy transition to parenthood, how to tell the difference between the baby blues and perinatal mood disorders, and where you can find help.

Postnatal Programs - Unison Health and Community Services

Program Information

Unision Health and Community Services offers a number of different postnatal programs at various locations in Toronto. Follow the link above for more information.

The Ontario Early Years Centres

York Centre - 416-633-4035
York South Weston - 416-653-3270
York West - 416-663-2733, ext. 244

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

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.