For resources focused for Toronto’s Indigenous peoples and communities, see our Indigenous Resources page here.
For resources supporting mental health and well-being during pregnancy, postpartum and the adjustment to parenting, see our Emotional Well-Being page here.
The Association of Ontario Midwives
The Association of Ontario Midwives’ website provides a wealth of information about Midwifery care including; Aboriginal Midwifery, Pregnancy, options for place of birth and the first six weeks with your baby and other clinical resources.
Options for Place of Birth
The Association of Ontario Midwives has developed a Clinical Practice Guideline to provide guidance for midwives when facilitating informed choice discussions with clients on choosing birthplace. It is not intended to dictate a course of action. Inspired by the recommendations on place of birth in the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) guidance on intrapartum care, this guideline provides a review of best available evidence relevant to the health-care system in Ontario, Canada.
Childbirth Connection, an American organization, offers lots of helpful advice to clients who are deciding on which setting they will plan to give birth in:
Evidence Based Birth
“If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, Evidence Based Birth gives you a starting point to find evidence about your options during childbirth, and a way to start conversations with your healthcare providers about those options. Our free, evidence-based printables are written in the language of your providers, but so that you and your significant others can understand, too.
Whether you are trying to find information on gestational diabetes, labor induction, or newborn procedures, Evidence Based Birth provides you with an in-depth look at the research evidence in language that you can understand. We specialize in breaking down complex topics and making them easy for you to learn”. (Rebecca Dekker, Founder, Evidence Based Birth)
Visit the Evidence Based Birth website for more non-biased information on pregnancy and childbirth.
Research on Birth Centres
A recent American study involved more than 15,000 births in 79 birth centres across the US. This study noted excellent outcomes for mother and baby and a low rate of c-section (6%). Stapleton SR, Osborne C, Illuzzi J. Outcomes of care in birth centers: demonstration of a durable model. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2013 Jan-Feb;58(1):3-14.
Read more about this study here:
A very large British study found that healthy clients who planned to give birth in a midwifery unit that’s similar to a birth centre were more likely to have a vaginal birth with less intervention, compared to similar clients who planned to give birth in a doctor-run unit in hospital.
Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, Brocklehurst P, Hardy P, Hollowell J, Linsell L, Macfarlane A, McCourt C, Marlow N, Miller A, Newburn M, Petrou S, Puddicombe D, Redshaw M, Rowe R, Sandall J, Silverton L, Stewart M. Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2011 Nov 23;343:d7400.
Find this study here:
The evaluation team’s recommends that, for low risk women, planning a BC experience under the care of midwives in Ontario would appear to be a safe and effective way to achieve a birth with minimal interventions. They suggest that development and integration of BCs should be considered as part of a strategy to continue to legitimize and integrate midwifery care into Ontario’s perinatal health services system.
Research on Water Immersion During Labour and Birth
The MANA and CfM Joint Position Statement on Water Immersion During Labor and Birth is a position paper written for a broad audience including midwives and other birthcare professionals, consumers, doulas, childbirth educators, and policy makers. It is co-authored by the Midwives Alliance of North America and Citizens for Midwifery. A year of collaborative work has produced a great educational tool that gives concise access to the research and the wisdom of experience that documents the safety, benefits and recommendations for success.
Read more about this paper here:
Birth Slings at TBC
This is a video about ways to use the birth slings in TBC’s birth rooms. It was created by midwifery students in placement at TBC. Please talk with your midwives about any questions you have after watching.
Prenatal Education – Free online course from Toronto Public Health
Welcome to Parenting is a free online prenatal program that provides expectant parents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to have a baby and prepare for parenthood. The course is coordinated by Toronto Public Health for any resident of Toronto that is expecting a baby.
Queer Positive Prenatal Class is now being offered at the 519!
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, they strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
Ontarians can get confidential breastfeeding support, advice and referrals from registered nurses with specialized breastfeeding training 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One-to-one coaching and referrals to local community services are provided. Call toll-free at 1-866-797-0000.
Toronto Public Health offers free breastfeeding resources and support.
You can download a list of Chest/Breastfeeding support groups and clinics offered by Toronto Public Health here: (Updated November 2016)
Milk Junkies Trevor MacDonald blogs about his experience as a pregnant and chestfeeding transgender man. He is an author and stay-at-home dad living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Postpartum Mood Disorders
Post Partum Mood Disorder (PPMD) is experienced by ten to twenty percent of new parents and is defined as depression or anxiety that does not go away after a short time. It can occur within days of the delivery or adoption of a child, or can appear gradually, sometimes up to a year.
- Parkdale Community Health Centre – Postpartum Mood Disorders Program
- PostparumDepression.org, a US-based organization, provides “the latest up-to-date information and free resources for families in danger and at risk.”
- Please note the language throughout the website assumes that people who give birth are women who are co-parenting with a husband – we recognize this doesn’t always represent the TBC community. However, we feel the content can be a valuable resource for anyone experiencing postpartum mood disorder within themselves, their family, or communities.
The TBC offers both cloth and disposable diapers for babies to go home in after birth. Learn how to change a cloth diaper here.
Don’t forget that the City of Toronto collects soiled disposable diapers in the GREEN bin!
Cord Blood Banking
Stem cells in your baby’s umbilical cord blood can replace damaged cells inside the body. These new cells repair wounds, restore lost brain functions and increase healthy blood count. Medical experts discover new treatments every year, which means stored cord blood will become more valuable over time. Find out more about cord blood, life-saving stem cell treatments and what these advances in regenerative therapy mean for your family. For more information about Cord Blood Banking you can visit The Cord Blood Banking website or Cord Blood Guide .
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