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Association of Ontario Midwives

Ontario midwives are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care so services are free to clients. Give birth at a hospital or at home and receive safe, skilled care from your midwife.

Best Start

Over the next few months, you and your baby will learn a lot about each other! As your newborn develops and grows, you will grow as a parent too. This information can help.

Bounceback Ontario

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Breastfeeding: Latch and Position

Learn how to position and support your baby for a good latch, from Sick Kids Hospital.

Car Seat Safety

According to Transport Canada, more than 2000 children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old are injured or killed in car collisions in Canada every year. Many injuries or deaths can be prevented with the right use of car seats and booster seats. See Transport Canada for installation and safety information.

Cannabis in Pregnancy

Information from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on how cannabis may affect your baby’s brain development and may result in learning and behavioural issues that last throughout their life, that use of cannabis during pregnancy and when breastfeeding may result in fetal growth and development issues and alternatives to using cannabis during pregnancy for treating morning sickness, anxiety, or pain.

Caring for Kids

Information for Parents from Canada's Paediatricians.

Childhood Vaccination Schedule

Your child’s personalized vaccination schedule will tell you when your child needs to be vaccinated and what the vaccine can protect them against.

College of Midwives of Ontario/CMO

The CMO protects the public by regulating the profession of midwifery in accordance with the Regulated Health Professionals Act and by setting the minimum standard of professional behaviour and clinical practice expected of Midwives in Ontario. 

Dietary Support

The Dietitians of Canada website has good nutrition information (for example, iron content in various foods). You can email or speak to a registered dietician on the phone for free in Ontario. Visit www.eatrightontario.ca for more information. 

Doula Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Women and Families

The Biidaaban Doula Collective, meaning “Sunrise” or Tawenti:ne in Haudenosaunee – is made up of a group of Indigenous doulas who work with midwives and doctors to provide full-circle informational, emotional, physical, and spiritual support to mothers and families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They also provide support around the full circle of reproductive health experiences including, fertility, abortion, perinatal loss, and adoption. The Biidaaban Doula Collective provide services at no cost to First Nation, Métis and Inuit women and their families who reside in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. 

Friends of Muskoka Midwives

Friends of Muskoka Midwives Facebook Page

Friends of Muskoka Midwives aims to support Muskoka families in making informed birth and natural parenting choices through education, midwifery advocacy, and collaboration among birth professionals.

Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain

As a parent, you play an important role in the development of your baby’s brain. You are your baby’s most important connection to the world. You interact daily with your baby. These interactions have a life-long effect on your baby’s ability to reach full potential.

This website will help you support your baby’s brain development.

Healthy Beginnings

This book was developed by the SOGC, Best Start Resource Centre and the Canadian Paediatric Society. This comprehensive prenatal resource is designed to meet the information needs of couples planning a pregnancy, pregnant women and new parents.

The Healthy Pregnancy Guide

This guide was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and will provide women with accurate information to help them make good decisions about how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy.

Home Birth

Where you decide to have your baby is your choice. About 34% of midwifery clients in Muskoka plan a home birth. When discussing home birth, your midwife will provide you with research-based information.

HypnoBirthing Institute: The Marie Mongan Method

Click here to learn more about The Mongan Method and how hypnobirthing can help women trust their bodies to relax for a safe & healthy natural birth.

Immunizations

Keep track of our child's immunizations and get up to date information about province-specific immunization schedules plus information about the vaccines themselves.

Infant Sleep

In order to better understand the how-to’s of getting you and your baby to enjoy going to sleep and staying asleep, here are some important principles of sleep that every new parent needs to understand. Advice from Dr. Sears.

Kendall Pearson Resource Fund

The Kendall Pearson Resource Fund was established in November 2006 following the full-term stillbirth of Kendall Pearson Bird, first child of Mandy Dart and Roger Bird. The fund provides practical assistance to parents/parents-to-be accessing the services of Midwives of Muskoka.

La Leche League Canada: Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding

LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.

Laurentian University | MIDWIFERY

The Midwifery program reflects the philosophy of midwifery in Ontario and its focus on women's participation in their healthcare.

Mental Health Support

Distress Centres Ontario offer a listening ear for lonely, distressed or suicidal people, usually 24h a day, 7 days a week. There are service lines across the province. The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. Call 1-866-531-2600 for more information or visit: www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca

Even if you don’t live in Toronto, there are some great online resources from Toronto Public Health, including a video series with real families discussing their experience with postpartum depression.

Visit: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=019379d85af02410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Midwifery Education Program - Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

The Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University leads to a Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) degree in Midwifery.

Midwifery as a Career - Ryerson University

Midwifery is a career that allows you to use your head, your hands, and your heart.

Midwifery in Ontario - Public Information - MOHLTC

A midwife is a primary caregiver, which means that she can provide all the care necessary for a healthy woman and her baby throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks afterward.

Mother To Baby

Medications and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Check out the easy to read fact sheets and FAQs. (Please note this is an American website and health care providers, drugs and programs may not be strictly comparable to Canadian counterparts.)

The MotHERS Program

This Ontario-based website provides information to women contemplating pregnancy, are pregnant or are now new mothers keep up-to-date on the latest medical information. Includes links to other resources and mobile apps to track baby’s fetal movements and mother’s health.

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare

Midwives of Muskoka provide services at two Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare hospital sites, located in Huntsville and Bracebridge.

Newborn Screening Ontario

Learn the ins and outs of newborn screening in Ontario including what to expect as a parent and more.

Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting is a normal part of pregnancy, but there are steps you can take to feel better. 

Nighttime Parenting

Important information about infant sleep, SIDS, why babies cry from Peel Region Health Services.

North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

Welcome to the new North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic web site. Clinic is now open and accepting new patients. 

OMama by Better Outcomes and Network Registry Ontario

Download the free OMama App for Pregnancy, Labour, Birth, Postpartum and Parenting! Get trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Set up your personal pregnancy profile.

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Ontario Early Years - Muskoka Family Focus & Children's Place

Ontario Early Years programs offer parents, caregivers, children and their families a warm and friendly spot to meet and share with one another. 

Perinatal Mental Health Program at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital

The Perinatal Mental Health Program connects families, primary care providers and community agencies/organizations supporting families within the perinatal period (preconception, prenatal, postpartum with mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety) with the Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator.

Physical Activity Recommendations for Pregnancy 2019

New evidence-based guideline outlines the right amount of physical activity women should get throughout pregnancy to promote maternal, fetal, and neonatal health.

Postpartum Mood Disorder On-Line Support Group

Women's College Hospital Mother Matters support group on-line forum. Sign up today!

Public Health Agency of Canada

Mission: To promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health.

Reproductive Life Plan

Develop your reproductive life plan using this online tool from BestStart. Understand how to protect your ability to have children, think about when to have children and how to have the healthiest baby possible when you are ready. 

Returning to Work After Baby

A BestStart guide to decisions around early parenting.

Safe Food Handling

Food safety advice from Health Canada for pregnant women and other vulnerable populations.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is an accredited public health agency that offers a wide range of programs and public health services focused on promoting and protecting health, and preventing disease, disability and injury.  

VBAC - The Power to Push

Learn more about vaginal birth after cesarean and elective cesarean sections from BC Women's Hospital.

Waterbirth International

Waterbirth: Easier for Moms ~ Better for Babies!

Women's Health Matters

Get expert information based on your health priorities and life stage.

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