Local Resources for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Living in the Greater Toronto Area, we are blessed to be surrounded by many great resources for all the stages of pregnancy and birth. Here are a few that I have specially curated to help you locate the support that you need through your pregnancy and postpartum needs.
Why midwives? If you are searching for more individualized care, are planning a homebirth, or would like to have a familiar face attend your birth, consider receiving your prenatal care from a midwife. Generally, you can expect to have a small team of midwives whom you will meet and have an established relationship with before you give birth. Midwives support home births and hospital births that are considered to be low risk.
Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills
Two offices listed below in both Georgetown and Mississauga. *Please note that all intake is done by way of their online intake form
For Brampton, Halton Hills, Milton or Surrounding Areas
105-1A Princess Anne Dr, Georgetown, On L7G 4W4
101-2227 South Millway, Mississauga, On L5L 3R6
1C Conestoga Drive Unit 200, Brampton On, L6Z 4N5
East Mississauga Midwives
Servicing East Mississauga and Etobicoke Area
8-2555 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, On L4Y 4C4
West End Midwives
Servicing Etobicoke, Rexdale and West Toronto
Intake is done by way of online form available HERE
102-1017 Wilson Ave, North York, On M3K 1Z1
Brampton Civic Hospital
2100 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton, On L6R 3J7
Etobicoke General Hospital
101 Humber College Blvd, Etobicoke, On M9V 1R8
Credit Valley Hospital
2200 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga On. L5M 2N1
The Doctor’s Breastfeeding Clinic
This breastfeeding clinic is located in central Brampton, and the services are covered by OHIP. The clinic staffs a doctor and lactation consultants to assist you in meeting your breastfeeding goals if additional support is required. They host free monthly group breastfeeding support groups on the second Tuesday of each month at 84 Old Burnhamthorpe Rd. in Etobicoke On. I would suggest checking the website linked below to confirm any changes in timing or location.
10 Gillingham Dr., Suite 201A, Brampton, On
Ashley Pickett, IBCLC
Ashley is a board certified Lactation consultant servicing Hamilton, Halton, Peel and West Toronto.She runs a free drop in breastfeeding café in Mississauga.
La Leche League of Canada
La Leche League holds informal discussion groups all over North America. They provide free, mother-to-mother support, encouragement and educational opportunities. I have linked to the Brampton meeting location, which takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in downtown Brampton, however there are various meetings held throughout the Greater Toronto Area which can be found by way of the main website
Region of Peel Breastfeeding Resources
The region of Peel offers a variety of covered breastfeeding resources including Telephone Support, Breastfeeding Clinics, Breastfeeding Companions (peer support).
Individual hospitals also have breastfeeding clinics. Follow this link to a directory to regional and hospital programs.
Mom to Mom Breastfeeding support facebook group
This group is run by the Doctor’s Breastfeeding Clinic and you will also connect with local moms.
Halton Breastfeeds facebook group
Online peer support breastfeeding group.
Breastfeeding in Peel Facebook Group
Peer Breastfeeding support run by the Region of Peel.
Justine Blainey Wellness Center
Chiropractor Dr. Blake Broker, DC is trained in the “Webster Technique” which is particularly useful during pregnancy to help turn a breach baby and reducing stress on the ligaments that support the uterus.
2-220 Wexford Road, Brampton On L6Z 4N7
Hands on Health Chiropractor
Located in West Etobicoke, this chiropractic clinic includes doctors who are certified in the "webster technique" (see above for more info) as well as massage therapy treatments.
Rejuve Massage Therapy Clinic
Nestled in the heart of downtown Brampton in a historic house, this massage therapy clinic will be sure to help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Whether you are seeking a massage prenatally or postpartum, the therapists at this clinic will help you feel better both physically and mentally.
15 Church St. E Brampton, On L6V 1E8
Located in Mississauga, Bhavani, founder of Mommyspa offers incredible pregnancy and postpartum massages. Mommyspa also offers a variety of other wellness services including pre and postnatal fitness, yoga, and a variety of workshops including infant massage techniques.
1215 Southdown Rd, Mississauga On L5J 2Y9
Acupuncture with Andrew Baird
Acupuncture can be a great tool to assist with pregnancy and postpartum complaints when medication is not available or desired. Acupuncture can be used to treat a number of ailments such as reducing migraine headaches, reducing back pain, and reducing nausea.
157 Queen St. E. Suite 208, Brampton, On L6W 3X4
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy with Madelaine
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be used both prenatally and postnatally in order to prepare and repair the pelvic floor after giving birth. Pelvic floor dysfunction can affect so much more than your sexual health. It contributes to urine incontinence, back pain, hip pain and many other physical ailments.
Eco Physiotherapy is located in Missisauga.
Why Yoga? Attending prenatal and postnatal “baby and me” classes are a great way to stay active during pregnancy. Yoga is at once relaxing and energizing, and will help you maintain your strength during pregnancy and help you prepare for childbirth. Postnatal yoga, especially baby and me style classes are a great opportunity to gently move your body, regain your strength, and get some activity in while baby is with you.
5 Elements Yoga and Pilates
This beautiful yoga studio is located in the Old Shoe Factory in Downtown Brampton at Mill and Church Streets. They offer both prenatal lasses, as well as traditional yoga and hot yoga.
57 Mill St. North, Suite 301, Brampton On L6X 1S9
Telephone: 905-451-YOGA (9642)
Moksha Yoga Brampton
This yoga studio is located in the Bramalea City Center Plaza in the same building as Starbucks. They offer a variety of classes including hot yoga and prenatal yoga.
50 Peel Center Drive, Brampton, On
Ontario Early Years Centers
Free for all children from birth up to six years, the Early Years Center is a great place to take your baby and older children. Each location runs age-specific circle and social programs such as Baby Time and Toddler Time, and also has an all ages “family time” if you have older children attending with you. You can look forward to singing songs with your baby and supporting your baby’s social, emotional and learning development with these programs. The early years centers are also a great jumping off point if you are looking for different and specific resources in your community.
57 Mill Street N. Unit #105, Brampton, On L6X 1S9
Telephone: 905-452- 1973
If you are suffering from any variety of mood disorders in the postpartum period including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, baby blues, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or bi-polar disorder, Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program is an amazing resource. It is a wealth of information and resources from info sheets, to community resources such as health care, counselling, crisis services and so much more.
Peel Region Postpartum Mood Disorders
The Region of Peel has excellent resources to help you get support if you are experiencing any sort of postpartum mood disorder. Click here.
Birth Trauma Association
Support for mothers who have suffered a negative birth experience and suffering from trauma, mood disorders, anxiety and stress.
Based out of Toronto west, Ellen offers both individual psychotherapy as well as group support, most notably her Postpartum Support group. Ellen also offers Reiki healing through her practice.
Healing Infertility- Amira Posner
Specializing in helping those who are experiencing or have experienced infertility and are struggling with moving forward in any way Amira is a Clinical Social worker based out of Toronto Ontario. Her services include individual options as well as group support for a variety of different challenges that couples face while navigating the minefield of fertility treatment.
Olivia Scobie - Liv with Change
Olivia is a Toronto based counsellor who works with parents who are struggling through their transition into parenthood. She offers in person and telephone counselling services to support families through this time. She can help with birth trauma, post partum mood disorders, work/life balance and pregnancy loss.
Online Support Groups
I have included an abundance of in person support, however I understand that sometimes it’s just no possible for you to make it out to a group meeting, or your depression may prevent you from leaving the house. I have provided resource links to a few facebook parenting support groups so that you may still feel connected and find some help in your parenting journey.
Mom to Mom Breastfeeding support facebook group
This group is run by the Doctor’s Breastfeeding Clinic and you will also connect with local moms
Post Partum Support Toronto Solidarity Group
This group is run by Olivia Scobie, and you will find much parenting support for mood disorders and the area of parenting that are generally difficult to talk about.
Community babywearing and parenting support.
After welcoming a new baby, it can often be challenging to go out shopping for daily care items and dry groceries. I have included some great online shops that offer free shipping with minimum purchases, and some lovely baby shops in the area that also provide free shipping and great customer service.
Ava’s appletree is a natural and eco-conscious baby and parenting store located in “the beaches” in downtown Toronto. They offer free shipping over $99 if you prefer to shop online. However, if you’re looking for support in choosing a baby carrier, in store is a great option. The customer service and product quality is outstanding.
870 Kingston Rd, Toronto ON M4E 1S3
Snugglebugz is a local baby shop with several locations including Milton, Burlington and Etobicoke. They do not make claims to have an eco-friendly focus, so bear this in mind when making your selections. They have an excellent variety of baby carriers available and ship for free over $49.
1160 Steeles Ave. East Milton, On
Well.ca is an online retailer that ships for free over $35. They have a wide variety of dry grocery items, baby gear, cleaning supplies, nursing supplies, vitamins, supplements and more! They carry both conventional and eco-conscious products. Use the code Ameliar10 to save $10 off your first order of $40 or more!
Momzelle is a Canadian company selling high quality maternity and nursing tops to support your breastfeeding journey. They are based out of Montreal Quebec, however they ship free with a $79 purchase. Use my affiliate link to save 20% off your first order!