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Community Prenatal Classes

Thunder Bay Online Prenatal Program

 Free, online prenatal program presented by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit Early Prenatal Classes

Early prenatal classes for mom's less than 27 weeks gestation, focusing on healthy living, healthy eating, stress management, physical and emotional changes and safety in pregnancy.

Maternity Centre Prenatal Classes

Classes begin at approximately 27 weeks gestation and prepare women for what to expect in pregnancy, during labour and delivery, and postpartum.

Maternity Centre Breastfeeding Class

This class is designed for pregnant women and their partners to learn about breastfeeding.

Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes

 Birthing From Within aims to provide practical tools for dealing with the emotional and physical challenges that a woman encounters in birth.

Classes are facilitated by local doula, Lindsey Holstrum.  Sessions are held bi-monthly on Friday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm at Community Midwives of Thunder Bay.

 Please see Lindsey's website for information and to register.


 Lactation Services Thunder Bay

Maternity Centre Breastfeeding Support

The lactation consultant at the Maternity Centre is available to assist pregnant women and women up to 8 weeks post-partum with education and assistance with breastfeeding. Women can arrange an appointment during pregnancy with the lactation consultant to become better prepared for breastfeeding, while postpartum women can receive assistance with concerns, or even support if breastfeeding is going well.

 Lianna Pretto - Maternity Centre lactation consultant 684-6228

TBDHU Breastfeeding Clinic

 The health unit has a breastfeeding clinic, which offers one-on-one appointments with a Lactation Consultant, who is specially trained in providing breastfeeding support.  Clinic appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, by request.  Please contact 625-5916 to make an appointment.

La Leche League Thunder Bay

Prenatal breastfeeding meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at Community Midwives of Thunder Bay.  Meetings are open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn with and from other mothers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  Babies and little ones are welcome to attend. Please call 622-2229 to sign up or feel free to drop in!  Nancy Hoeve: (p) 251-8707,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Professional Organizations

College of Midwives of Ontario

Association of Ontario Midwives

Canadian Association of Midwives

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Canadian Paediatric Society

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Midwifery Education Programme

Laurentian University

McMaster University

Ryerson University


Midwifery Care in Thunder Bay - Facebook page including recent maternity news and community events.

OMama - website and mobile application (app) with evidence-informed healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting information for Ontario, Canada

Baby Centre - Canadian pregnancy, baby and toddler health information.

Motherisk - Information on which medications, substances, etc. are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Birth Beautiful Thunder Bay - Thunder Bay's local doula collective Facebook page.

Eatright - Easy-to-use nutrition information to help make healthier food choices easier. Contact on-line or speak directly to a Registered Dietician.

Our Kids Count - a community development project aimed at fostering the health and development of children age 6 and under in families in need of support.

Prenatal Screening Ontario - information and resources about prenatal screening for Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects.

Dad Central - promoting both understanding of responsible father involvement as a supportive and protective condition of healthy child development and resiliency.

Multiple Births Canada -  Multiple Births Canada strives to improve the quality of life for multiple-birth individuals and their families in Canada.

LGBTQ Parenting Network - supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting.

Labour and Birth

Penny Simkin - childbirth education and videos from author, doula, childbirth educator, birth counselor, Penny Simkin

Spinning Babies - easier birth with fetal positioning.


Dr. Jack Newman's Website

La Leche League Canada

Infant Feeding Action Coalition Canada

Postpartum Health

Life with New Baby - information and support for postpartum mood disorders

Best Start - drop-in play groups

Ontario Newborn Screening Program - Information on the conditions which newborns are screened for in Ontario.

Prenatal and infant loss network


Pamphlets/Additional Information

Pregnancy Health

Having a baby in Thunder Bay

First Nations Pregnancy Resource Book

Healthy Eating in Pregnancy

Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy

Prenatal lab tests explained

Gestational Diabetes (GDM)

Group B Streptococcus Infection (GBS)

Informed choice visual tools: GBS, postdates pregnancy, GDM

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

Association of Ontario Midwives Clinical Practice Guidelines

Cord blood banking

Labour and Birth

Preterm Labour: Signs and Symptoms

Penny Simkin's Comforts in Labour

Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC)

When Your Pregnancy Goes Past Your Due Date

Pregnancy beyond 40


Safe sleep for you and your baby

Caring for your baby at night

Normal Newborn Behaviour

Circumcision information (video)

Life after postpartum hemorrhage

Feeding your baby: 6 months to 1 year


Expressing Breast Milk

Hand expression of Breast milk (video)

Breastfeeding after breast and nipple surgery BFAR

All-Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO)

Tongue-tie information

Domperidone (Getting Started)

Domperidone (Stopping)




The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between, Ann Douglas, 2000

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger, 2003

You Pregnancy Week by Week, Glade Curtis, 1997


Rediscovering Birth, Sheila Kitzinger, 2001

Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin 2003

Homebirth, Sheila Kitzinger 1991

Birthing from Within, Pam England & Rob Horowitz, 1998

The Birth Partner, Third Edition, Penny Simkin, 2007


Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman, 2003

The Womanly art of Breastfeeding, LaLeche league International, 2004

Bestfeeding, Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, Suzanne Arms, 2004

The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby's First Year, Ann Douglas, 2002