Web Resources

Midwives

ARMS Midwifery Consumer Group: Advocating for the practice of midwifery in Waterloo Region

College of Midwives of Ontario: regulating body responsible for licensing midwives and ensuring safe practice

Association of Ontario Midwives: professional body of midwives provides information about finding a midwife in your community

Canadian Association of Midwives

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: information about midwives

Ontario Birth Registration

Service Ontario: Register your baby’s birth online

 

Local Resources

Grand River Hospital Childbirth Services
Follow this link to an 8 minute video tour of the Childbirth unit

 

Ontario Early Years Centers

Drop in centers with resources and toy library: info

Kitchener Centre

Kitchener-Waterloo

Public Health

Child Health, General Topics: As soon as a baby is born, there are new and important matters for parents to consider, such as breastfeeding, newborn development and sleeping safety.

Public Libraries

Kitchener

Waterloo

Waterloo Region

Kidsability

Serves children with a wide range of special needs in the Waterloo region: info

 

Find a Family Doctor

Health Care Connect: Ministry of Health website

 

Prenatal Classes

Tara Sharpe
Belly Buttons
Bring on Baby: Prenatal and Childbirth Classes
Conestoga College
Prenatal Classes for Youth: free classes from Waterloo Region Public Health
Sacred Pregnancy

 

General Information

Motherisk: information about medications and substances in pregnancy
416-813-6780 Motherisk Help Line
1-877-327-4636 Alcohol and Substance Use
1-800-436-8477 Morning Sickness
1-888-246-5840 HIV and HIV Treatment

Healthy Children Info Line Waterloo Region Public Health: a nurse answers your questions about healthy growth of children up to age 6
519-883-2245

Waterloo Region Public Health: where to phone when you need help or information

Womens Health Matters (Womens College Hospital)

Caring for Kids (Canadian Pediatric Society)

Zero to Three (American non-profit organization)

 

Nutrition and Recipe Ideas

Meal Makeover Moms: recipes and cooking ideas for busy families

Mix it Up Campaign (Canadian Produce Marketing Association): information to help you get more fruits and vegetables into your day

Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Check Program: food information to help you eat well

 

Breastfeeding

Dr. Jack Newman: information about breastfeeding, including video clips

La Leche League Canada: find breastfeeding support near you

Breastfeeding Buddies program of the Waterloo Region Public Health: trained volunteers to provide one on one peer support for breastfeeding.

Me? Breastfeed? Free course offered by Waterloo Region Public Health

Breastfeeding Committee for Canada: Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

Infact Canada: activist group to promote and protect breastfeeding, website has a lot of useful information

Grand River Hospital Breastfeeding Support Services

 

Postpartum Mood

Grand River Hospital Post-Partum Mood Disorders Support Group 835 King St. W., Kitchener?(519) 749-4300 ext. 2267

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: information about postpartum depression

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario: fact sheet on postpartum depression

Postpartum Support International: a website for mothers and fathers experiencing post partum related mood disorders, offers information and suggestions for assistance

City of Toronto Information and Resources: for families dealing with Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Lisa Aldworth : Postpartum Counselling

 

Car Seat Safety

Region of Waterloo Public Health: car seat information

St. John Ambulance: car seat clinics
Call 519-740-8895 for an appointment.
You must bring the manual for your car seat and car when you come.

 

Diapers

Bear Bottoms: cloth diaper service

Extraordinary Baby Shoppe: buy cloth diapers

Diaper Free: information about infant potty training

Thula Inc: Eco-friendly diaper change mats and pads

 

Research and evidence

Canadian Paediatric Society

Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario: Ontario Newborn Screening

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

Delayed cord clamping

Academic Ob/Gyn blog: Delayed cord clamping should be standard practice in Obstetrics
Penny Simkin Youtube video: Visual demonstration of early vs delayed cord clamping
Science & Sensibility: A Research Blog about Healthy Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond: Consider the Source: An interview with Cord Clamping Researcher, Judith Mercer

Sleeping with your Baby

UNICEF: Guideline for Caring for Your Baby at Night
Bed-Sharing Research Review

Circumcision

Some things to think about before making a decision

Circumcision the Whole Story

Canadian Pediatric Society Circumcision: information for parents

Canada Circumcision Statistics

Proportion of infants circumcised by province

Dr. Gifford Jones, Sun Media Columnist Circumcision, the Unkindest Cut (short column outlining the main arguments against circumcision)

Canadian Children’s Rights Council Note: strong bias against circumcision

 

Marketplace

Little City Farm: herbs and ointments

Yemaya Herbal Products: calendula ointment for sore nipples, and more

Sew Funky: local source of baby slings

Bailey’s Local Foods: order from the website and pick up food that has been grown within 100 miles of KW

Cheryl Chamberlain Photography: Specializing in family and birth photography

Tomorrow Photography: Birth Photographer

True Blue Therapy: Rental, delivery and set-up of birthing pools

The Baby Bag

Wordsworth Books & Babies: a fun filled half hour of stories, clapping games and songs to help you bond with your baby. There are numerous benefits to sharing books with your little one. Come and learn how to find the right books at what age, and how to make reading an exciting experience.

 

Complimentary Services

The Nesting Instinct: A doula group offering labour, birth and postpartum services in KW, Cambridge and Guelph

Doula C.A.R.E.: Canadian Association, Registry and Education.  Find a Doula in your area!

Mommy A Go Go: For Active Moms in Guelph, Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo

The Natural Way Health Clinic: a multi-disciplinary health clinic offering naturopathic, chiropractic, counselling, acupuncture, registered massage therapy, clinical nutrition

LiveWell Health and Wellness clinic: an integrated clinic offering chiropractic, massage, naturopathy and other services in Baden

Naturopath: Jessica Gurske ND

St. Jacobs Naturopathic Clinic: The power of healing naturally

Waterloo North Chiropractic & Massage: Chiropractic, registered massage therapy and osteopathy

KW Pelvic Health: Physiotherapy specializing in pelvic floor health

Back Works: Physiotherapy for bladder control and pelvic pain

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist: Natalia Monka, HBKin, MScPT

Qualia Counselling Services: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Waterloo Region

Jennifer Erickson MSW: offers relationship education workshops and couples counselling, helping them stay connected to each other when a baby joins the family

Amanda Weber: Prenatal Meditation, Relaxation and Visualization Teacher

Piper Martin, B.Ed., DS Hom.Med: Classical Homeopathy

George Street Naturopathic Medicine: Dr. Joanna Thiessen- Naturopathic Doctor, Birth Doula, HypnoBirthing childbirth educator

Hands-on Healthcare Clinic: Dr. Deborah Heaman, Chiropractor

 

 

Fitness

Blue Skies Yoga specialize in yoga for prenatal, postnatal and women’s health

Queen St Yoga

OhBaby Fitness: Fitness classes specially designed for prenatal and postpartum, by moms who have been there

Mommies & Tummies Fitness: Pre and Postnatal personal training service

Grand River Sports Medicine: Physiotherapy and Pilates

The Self Centre Yoga & Wellness: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

Your Yoga: Private and semi-private yoga classes

The Buff Mom Fitness and Lifestyle Coaching: Postpartum Boot Camp

Soul Energy: Yoga Birthing Workshops, Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga with your baby

 

Local events for young families

KW Kids: things to do with your kids

Mommyagogo: information for active moms

 

Support Groups

Bereaved Families of Ontario
171 King St. S., Waterloo
(519) 745-7280

Extend-A-Family Association:support for families with a disabled son or daughter
91 Moore Ave., Kitchener
(519) 741-0190

K-W POMBA (Parents of Multiple Births Association) Kitchener

Mosaic Counselling and Family Services
400 Queen St. S., Kitchener
(519) 743-6333

Lutherwood: provides a one-stop first contact for families and young people who are looking for assistance and services.

Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region: collaborative of agencies that provides wrap-around, seamless services to victims of domestic violence
400 Queen St S, Kitchener

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
Operates shelters Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge
24 hour crisis lines 519-653-2422 and 519-742-5894

Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
St. Mary’s General Hospital, 911 Queen’s Boulevard,
519-749-6994

Child and Parent Place: supervised access/exchange for non custodial parents.

Waterloo Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Support Group
99 Regina St. S., 5th Flr., Waterloo
(519) 883-2223

 

 

Becoming a Midwife

Association of Ontario Midwives

Laurentian University

Ryerson University

McMaster University