Current Maternity Care News
Zika Virus: For Pregnancy Women
Community Prenatal Classes
Free, online prenatal program presented by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
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.
Classes begin at approximately 27 weeks gestation and prepare women for what to expect in pregnancy, during labour and delivery, and postpartum.
This class is designed for pregnant women and their partners to learn about breastfeeding.
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
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
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.
Midwifery Education Programme
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.
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.
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.
Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
Labour and Birth
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