Resources

Resources

We have gathered a list of resources you may find helpful during your pregnancy, labour and in the postpartum period.  Each item is related to midwifery, is of interest to midwives, or pertains to institutions affiliated with Thames Valley Midwives.

While we have chosen these sites for our web page, they do change often, and therefore can’t always be sure that we agree with everything on each web page.

  • Association of Ontario Midwives: For such things as finding a midwife in your area (within Ontario) or getting contact information for a particular midwifery practice. The AOM have compiled some client handouts in English, French, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic and Simplified Chinese. Click here to access the following handouts.
    • Pregnancy beyond 40 years old
    • Iron Deficiency Anemia & You
    • Life after postpartum hemorrhage
    • Normal newborn behaviour
    • Thinking about VBAC: What’s right for me
    • What are hypertensive disorders of pregnancy?
    • When your pregnancy goes past your due date
  • College of Midwives of Ontario: For questions related to midwives educated in other areas interested in qualifying to practice in Ontario. The CMO was established in 1991 to Govern midwifery in the interest of public safety
  • Midwives Alliance of North America: Discusses the definition of midwifery, advocacy, homebirth, and midwifery education
  • National Aboriginal Council of Midwives: Exists to promote excellence in reproductive health care for Inuit, First Nations, and Metis women. They advocate for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities, consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As active members of the Canadian Association of Midwives, they represent the professional development and practice needs of Aboriginal midwives to the responsible health authorities in Canada and the global community. 
  • Ontario Newborn Birth Registration: Link to registering baby’s birth, apply for baby’s birth certificate, apply for baby’s social insurance number, and register for Canada Child Benefits.
  • Cord Blood Banking: Find information on cord blood, its use and how we regulate human cord blood banks in Canada, to help you make an informed decision about banking your child’s cord blood.
  • Normal Newborn Behaviour: informational handout from the Association of Ontario Midwives. Also available in other languages.
  • Sleep Well, Sleep Safe: Information on safe sleeping arrangements for your baby provided by Best Start.
  • Safe Sleep: information and a video produced by the Government of Canada on safely putting your baby to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
  • Safe Sleep Brochure: New York brochure which outlines all the major guidelines to put your baby to sleep safely and avoid sleep-related injury death.
  • Co-sleeping NICE guidelines in U.K.: Unicef provided an info sheet on co-sleeping guidelines 2014. 
  • The Lullaby Trust: Latest information in U.K about safe sleeping, SIDS, and co-sleeping
  • What to Expect in the First Three Months: Information on baby providing by Best Start. It has a nice picture guideline for the number of wet and dirty diapers you should expect.
  • The Period of Purple Crying: Beginning at 2 weeks old, a normal babies development will involve lots of crying up to 3-4 months of age. This website will discuss the period of purple crying and information on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Here is a video link.
  • Vitamin D: guidelines for breastfed babies.
  • New Dads Manual: An amusing dad’s only website about the basics on being a new dad!! The website has a funky mechanic theme to keep dad entertained when learning about pregnancy and baby.
  • WHO Growth Charts
  • Look See Checklist: Follow your baby’s development from birth as you answer questions about their milestones. It also gives tips on how to keep your child engaged and help them develop towards their next milestones.
  • Life After Postpartum Hemorrhage: informational handout from the Association of Ontario Midwives. Also available in other languages.
  • Online Immunization Record and Reporting: Produced by the Middlesex London Health Unit, this link allows you to input your child’s immunizations so that they are safely stored and can be downloaded at anytime.
  • Car Seat Safety: Information provided by the Canadian Pediatric Society.
  • Car Seat Safety and Naps: This article discusses the increased risks of death when leaving your baby to nap in the car seat.
  • Circumcision of Baby Boys: Information from the Canadian Pediatric Society.
  • Dr Kirk Hamilton: provides circumcision and tongue tie release services in London.
  • Jaundice in Newborns: Information from the Canadian Paediatric Society.
  • Infact Canada: A national non-governmental organization that works to protect maternal and baby well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding. It outlines your legal rights as a breastfeeding mother. There are also fact sheets on breastfeeding, kangaroo care, nutrition for the nursing mother, etc.
  • International Breastfeeding Centre featuring Dr. Jack Newman: Dr Newman is based out of a Toronto breastfeeding centre. The website provides multi-language videos and multi-language information sheets. Some examples of information sheets you may find useful or can use as a reminder are – candida protocol, blocked ducts and mastitis, all purpose nipple ointment, domperidone, tongue/lip tie releases, engorgement, expressing breast milk, herbal remedies, nipple shields and many more.
  • Ontario Human Rights Commision: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: multi-language webpage outlining your rights during pregnancy and when your are breastfeeding. It also discusses your rights at work, duty to accommodate and special needs.
  • La Leche League Resources: information sheets in multiple languages on breastfeeding, breastfeeding twins, storing your milk, and other breastfeeding tips. It also features publications on breastfeeding. You can find a local La Leche League leader to support your breastfeeding journey.
  • Kellymom: Website providing evidence based information on breastfeeding and parenting. It offers many good links and has lots of useful information you can refer to after your baby arrives, including breastfeeding, tandem feeding, parenting, health, nutrition, weaning, and much more. It translates into German, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Best Start: Lots of information on breastfeeding tips, calming a fussy baby, burping baby, growth spurts, sore nipples, skin to skin, engorgement, etc. Here is another guide produced by Best Start – Click here.
  • Breastfeeding your late preterm baby: Produced by Best Start.
  • Infant Hearing Program: Newborns are offered a hearing screen following birth. If you have a home birth, we will offer a referral to the nearest location.
  • Newborn Screening Ontario: We offer all parents screening for their babies after 24 hours of birth. We obtain five blood spot samples to test for five groups of diseases that can be potentially life-threatening if not treated. The newborn screen is done in conjunction with the CCHD screen otherwise known as the Critical Congenital Heart Disease screen. This information is translated into twenty different languages.
  • London children’s connection EarlyON: Offer free informational programs around London and the surrounding areas such as playgroups with crafts, stories and music, parenting workshops and information on children’s development, behaviour, safety and nutrition.
  • N’Amerind Friendship Centre: Native organization based in London offering programs such as Healthy Baby, Healthy Children, Aboriginal family support program, prenatal nutrition program.
  • London Multiple Births Association: LMBA aims to enrich the lives of families with multiples during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood. The LMBA is a community of families sharing the same multiple parent experience: join us for friendship, sharing, and moral support.
  • Mennonite Central Comittee:

    In Ontario, their work is focused in the following areas: Indigenous communities, Low German newcomers, material resources, people in poverty, refugee sponsorships, restorative justice.

  • Al Mahdi Islamic Community Centre: Community centre promoting cultural, social, literacy, and intercultural programs.
  • Single Women in Motherhood: SWIM is a non-profit, social service organization offering a variety of positive programs geared to enriching the lives and futures of single mothers.
  • Ethnocultural Groups Resource Links: Ethnocultural groups give people of a similar language and/or culture an opportunity to gather and work together to meet common needs. Many provide assistance to newcomers, supporting them to thrive in their new community.
  • Childcan: Childcan is a registered Canadian charity based in London, Ontario that provides responsive support services for children, and their families, diagnosed with cancer at Children’s Hospital LHSC located in London. Children’s Hospital LHSC is the regional referral centre for Southwestern Ontario so Childcan supports kids and families from throughout the large geographical area LHSC serves.
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre: We provide a variety of services, educational workshops, resources and opportunities to participate programs for a range of special needs including physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. We are proudly active in research related to the work we do.
  • South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre: Offers prenatal immigrant programs, teen mom programs, Smart Start for Babies, drop-in play groups, Collective Kitchen, and infant growth/development and breastfeeding drop-ins.
  • Cross Cultural Learner Centre: The London Cross Cultural Learner Centre is a community organization that exists to provide integration services and support to newcomers and to promote intercultural awareness and understanding.
  • Across Languages: Their role is to allow service providers, decision makers and clients to communicate accurately and confidentially with each other through qualified interpreters, translators and other language service professionals and services.
  • Canadian Hearing Society: Their highly skilled interpreters use sign language and spoken language to provide clear two-way communication between deaf and hearing people at scheduled meetings and appointments, and in unforeseen emergency situations. 
  • ChildReach: Located on Maitland Street, helps parents with barriers such as inexperience, depression, illness, isolation, or poverty. ChildReach supports and strengthens parents through learning opportunities and relationships. They offer many programs such as infant massage, mom cafe, story time, numeracy introduction, cooking class, sleep and crying, growth and development, infant nutrition, safety and much more. 
  • Merry Mount: Merry Mount offers support to families in a time of crisis or transition. Families can go to Merry Mount for a variety of reasons such as family violence, housing crisis, parental illness, family breakdown, addiction and parent-child conflict. They provide resources, counseling, emergency child care, supervised access for CAS cases as well as families going through divorce and support the navigation of difficult life circumstances such as teenage pregnancy or homelessness.
  • Life Spin: This organization serves low-income families. They specialize and can help with issues such as housing, Ontario Works and other benefits programs, and free income tax completion.  They also have a free store on Dundas Street with household items and clothes. Life Spin have an annual holiday program to assist families with children by providing them with gifts and food for a holiday dinner. Thames Valley Midwives is a proud supporter of the holiday program, among other charitable organizaitons throughout the year.
  • London Cross Cultural Learner Centre: Multi-service support network for newcomers to Canada and refugees. They offer interpretation services, translation services, settlement counseling, and temporary housing.
  • Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre: Located on Huron Street in London, the centre is open 24/7 for immediate intervention and stabilization. The centre does not have a psychiatrist on site, but offers support to people who do not need to access emergency care. Reach Out is also a bilingual 24/7 information, support and crisis service connecting you to the help you need.
  • CAMH:The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
  • Mother Reach: is a group for pregnant and new moms who are experiencing depression and anxiety. It is facilitated by professionals from Merrymount and Childreach.
  • Mother Matters: An eight week online support group to assist moms who are having difficulty coping with the challenges of having a new baby.
  • Pacific Postpartum Support Society: Has information sheets and online resources to assist with anxiety and postpartum depression.
  • Perinatal Support: Based in Washington, USA, this website offers reading materials and handouts.
  • Postpartum Dads: Supporting families of new moms who are suffering postpartum depression.
  • Women’s Mental Health Centre: Based in Massachusetts, USA, but offers some resources & informational guides.
  • Psychology Today: To find a local therapist and to find lots of information on mental health, personality disorders, relationships, family life and personal growth.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County: Has a 24/7 crisis and outreach team to support anyone experiencing distress. They have walk-in counseling, as well as support groups, and long/short term housing options. 
  • Crisis Pregnancy and Maternity homes for pregnant youth and women:
    • Birthright – located in London, offers free support for unplanned pregnancy as well as resources to access housing, baby items, and financial assistance.  
    • Beginnings Family Services – located in Woodstock, offers pregnancy support, adoption services and embryo donation program.
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario:  The group’s mission is simple; to provide a safe and understanding environment where we can share our personal experiences about our mental illness without judgment and provide moral support to one another.
  • WAYS Mental Health Support: The purpose of this group is to provide a weekly education and support group for parents of youth to address topics such as: communication, conflict resolution, youth culture, substance use and abuse, navigating the school system, youth and mental health.
  • Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration: Culturally integrative outreach service with the purpose of connecting Muslim people and families to local supports, services and resources.
  • Smart Start – Free prenatal education and nutrition program for pregnant teens and their partners and support people. Sessions held at the Middlesex London Health Unit hosted by public health nurses and dieticians.
  • Surrogacy support resources: Lists up to date resources for surrogate parents, intended parents, and the types of surrogacy available.
  • Onyota’a:ka Family Healing Lodge: The program offers emergency shelter for up to six (6) weeks. During residency, staff will provide safety, crisis intervention, support and referrals for abused individuals and families on a 24/7/365  basis. Additionally, we offer advocacy in the areas of housing, legal issues, financial needs and medical assistance. A 24-hour crisis line is available to individuals in need of assistance and counselling.
  • Atlohsa Native Family Healing:  Atlohsa (Ate^nlos) means “Friends” in the Onyota’ a:ka language. The name was chosen to reflect the desire of Atenlos to provide support, understanding, education, intervention and prevention to victims of family violence. Atlohsa (Ate^nlos) means “Friends” in the Onyota’ a:ka language. The name was chosen to reflect the desire of Ate^nlos to provide support, understanding, education, intervention and prevention to victims of family violence.
  • London Abused Women Centre: Providing free counseling, advocacy, and support to abused, prostituted, trafficked and harassed women and girls over the age of 12. They have drop-in programs and women’s support groups.
  • Women’s Community House: For your safety, this page can be opened using incognito or a secret mode window on your web browser if you are concerned about other people tracking where you have been on the internet. Alternatively, your cookies and browsing history can be deleted. The Women’s Community House offers services to women and their children who are seeking support, information about a shelter, or 24 hour abused women crisis line information – 519-642-3000 or if you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network (PAIL): Offers support to women and their families who have experienced the loss of their pregnancy or the death of their baby up to 12 months of age. It features a peer suppport network as well as other online resources and recommendations of books/other websites.
  • Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS): Offers community support to women who are pregnant again after losing a baby.
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario – Southwest Region: Offers support to anyone who has lost a baby or child at any age and from any circumstance. They have programs and services under different categories, which includes mothers meeting, fathers meeting, young people’s workshop, miscarriage support workshop, children’s grief support groups, and one-on-one support.
  • Lost Love London: Support group for women who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. This group offers healing retreats. You can read “Losing Isabel” story here.
  • LGBTQ Parenting Network: Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parenting. This support network is based in Toronto. The link provided has information sheets that can be translated into French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Japanese and Russian.
  • St. Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance: A committee of community members and service professionals who focus on LGBTQ2S events in Elgin County * responsible for hosting Pride across Elgin County as well as other events throughout the year.
  • LGBT2Q+ Middlesex London Health Unit: A a directory of LGBT2Q friendly resources that are maintained by the The LGBT2Q+ Network of London and Area.
  • Transgender Community Health Services: Programs and services for people exploring their gender identity * one-to-one support * group sessions * general information and education for community organizations.
  • A Facebook link to Oxford County’s Rainbow Coalition
  • True Colors: Resources on LGBT Parenting, fostering, adoption, etc.
  • PFLAG London: Telephone support and information to anyone with questions or concerns about sexual orientation and/or gender identity/gender expression issues * gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-identified, parents, youth, teachers, friends, employers and health care workers.
  • Smart Gay Life: Online resources for parenting.
  • Rainbow Health Ontario: Based in Toronto, this program works to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBT2SQ communities and improve their access to services.
  • Human Rights Campaign: Offers a list of links to other resources on parenting.

Here is a brief list of prenatal and postnatal classes ranging in price, although there are many more to choose from, should you wish to research these yourself. These classes are not necessarily endorsed by TVM, and we do not know the entire content of these classes. We encourage you to check out the websites, and to ask questions of the course providers in order to ensure that the classes are suitable for you. We do recommend all first time parents and their partners attend a prenatal class during their pregnancy, and to keep physically active; however, if this is not your first baby, prenatal class refreshers can also be beneficial to parents, and, of course, we always encourage physical activity.

  • Belly Love Education (Private prenatal classes located in London at Thames Valley Midwives).
  • Rebirth Wellness Centre (Private classes offering prenatal education and exercise located in London).
  • Middlesex Health Unit (Public prenatal classes in London).
  • ANDFit (Private fitness classes specializing in prenatal and postpartum exercise appropriate for all women regardless of delivery method).
  • Southwestern Public Health Unit
    • Woodstock and surrounding areas of Oxford County – Click Here. For the free teen specific prenatal classes in Woodstock – Click Here.
    •  St Thomas and surrounding areas of Elgin County – Click Here. St Thomas also offer free Teen prenatal classes.
  • West Elgin Public Health Unit

Here is a brief list of prenatal/postnatal specific pelvic floor physiotherapists; however, there are other clinics in London and the surrounding areas who offer pelvic floor health services that you can contact instead, if you wish!

Disclaimer: The websites listed above are not necessarily endorsed by Thames Valley Midwives. We have attempted to put together resources that you may find useful or helpful; however, we have not read the content of these webpages in their entirety nor can we keep up to date on regular changes that may occur to these links. Please let us know if one of the links has stopped working.  Despite our best efforts to check these regularly, we get busy catching babies! Alternatively, let us know if you like a website or dislike a website, or find a good website to add to our collection, as we do appreciate the feedback, and this will help other parents gain lots of useful information.