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Prenatal Resources


City of Hamilton prenatal classes are taught by Public Health nurses

An 8 wk evening classes series M-Th 7:00 – 9:00pm cost $84/couple March/08

people on low incomes, ie. ODB may pay less as negotiated/case

no longer offering popular 24 weekend classes b/c of government budget decision.

For regular classes to register on line go to:  

or call Christina Douglas at 905 546-3591

Locations:  1447 Upper Ottawa Hamilton; 2 King St W, Dundas; St. Joseph's Hospital; St. David's School 33 Cromwell Cres.

Topics include: your baby’s growth and development, nutrition for mom, changes during pregnancy, preterm labour, physical activity, labour and delivery and support, family life and community supports, the six weeks after.

*** Classes are often booked to capacity so it is important to register early ***

Birth Connections offers prenatal classes in Georgetown  

Taught by a certified childbirth educator and labour Doula: Melissa Cassells to register on line or call 905-876-3283 (long distance).

Topics covered: Nutrition and exercise in the last trimester, Relaxation techniques, Stages of labour, How to tell if you are in labour, Comfort measures, Breathing and Positions, Medications & Interventions, Breastfeeding & Bottle feeding, postpartum

$175 for 6 wks or one week end,  classes are held at Georgetown Hospital

Melissa Cassells will also do private sessions at client’s homes for 2nd time parents Cost $65 for 2 hr session. Covers labour, breastfeeding, and postpartum specifically tailored to suit client’s need. She is willing to drive to Hamilton to teach privately or in group sessions.

Melissa sponsors a Bellies Babies Day for $2 admission (goes to charity) which features community resources. See her web site above for details.


Prenatal Classes in French


Francophone Community Health Centre, 2nd Floor, 460 main St E., Hamilton 905 528-0163 ext 229


City of Hamilton’s Prenatal Program offers FREE prenatal classes for singles, teens and newcomers. See purple info sheet for times and dates found in the Health Connections Folder or call 905-546-3591 to register                        

For Newcomers, Ontario Early Years Center, 155 Queen St. N, Drop-in Mon 1-3 pm

905 546-3550 Child care available, free bus tickets and food certificates.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

North Hamilton Community Centre Satellite Site, 50 Murray St W, Tues 10am -12pm,

905 523-6611 ext 303


For Singles, Mountain office, 1447 Upper Ottawa St, Tues 7:00-9:00 pm, 905-546-3591

                    St. Joseph's Hospital  50 Charlton  Monday 7:00-9:00, call 905-546-3591


Prenatal Classes for Teens
City of Hamilton Public health Services: call 905-546-3591 to register        

Regional Prenatal Classes-Teen at OEYC-Hill Park Secondary School, Thurs 4:30-6:30 (Cheryl)

or St. David's School 33 Cromwell Crescent Tues 4:30 to 6:30

Includes: bus tickets, snack and $5 gift card provided; partner can accompany

Teen Drop-In Prenatal Classes

Welcome Baby-Youth Prenatal, Mission services, Community Room-basement, 50 Murray St,

Call 905 546 2424

Includes: bus tickets, snack and $5 gift card provided; partner can accompany

Grace Haven, 138 Herkimer, Thurs 1-3pm, 905- 522-7336

St. Martin's Manor, 500 Mohawk Rd W, Thurs 1:30- 3:15, 905-575-7500

Living Rock,  30 Wilson St.  Tuesday 1:30-3:30,  905 546-3550




The Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project links 3 programs: Baby’s Best Start, Healthy Mom’s Healthy Babies, and Welcome Baby. Clients MUST be in this program prenatally.

Offers weekly groups for pregnant women and and Moms with babies under 1 year.

Learn about healthy eating, pregnancy baby care and community services. Free Prenatal vitamins, food vouchers and bus tickets given. Free childcare provided for older children.  Call 905-546-3550 for general inquires or to register.


Resources for Antenatal and Postpartum Depression


Women’s Health Concern’s clinic at St Joseph’s Hospital

Psychiatric consultation and med management for pregnant women who are depressed, on treatment for depression and those at high risk for post partum depression. Self-referral system. 905 522-1155 ext. 3979 Note this service does not do counseling.


Mother Reach for post partum depression through Health Connections-Public Health services city of Hamilton Mon-Fri 8:30-4;30 905 522-1155 ext. 3979


COAST Crisis Outreach and Support Team 24/7 telephone support at 905 972-8338


Good Beginnings (VON Support Program) 905 522-0053 (up to 6 months of age)


The Woman’s Center 905 522-0127


Catholic Family Services 905 527-3823


Women’s Crisis Line – Inasmuch house 905 529-8600


Suicide Crisis Line (Emergency Crisis Intervention only) 905 522-1477


Elle Encoute (24/7 telephone Support in French 1-877-679-2229


Addiction in Pregnancy Resources

For patient information handouts go to for Pregnancy-Related Issues in the Management of Addictions (PRIMA) see related links, list of resources, downloads for patient resources and handouts to print.

Our Sister’s Place

Womankind Addiction Services is a new service created by the amalgamation of Hamilton Detox Center and Mary Ellishouse for ages 16 yrs and up. Open 24 hrs, 7 days/wk. self referrals accepted

Withdrawal: 905 545 9100

Treatment 905 521-9591 ext 237

Alternatives for Youth (AY) for ages 13-22 905 527-4469

Tobacco Hotline 905 540-5566 or and


Other Resources


Mother Risk: , 416-813-6780 home line, call 1-877-327-4636 for questions about medications during pregnancy, call 1-800-436-8477 for information on morning sickness, call 1-888-246-5840 for information about HIV and HIV treatment during pregnancy.


Health Connections  905-546-3550    Clients can speak with a Public Health Nurse Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm who will answer questions and provide community resources about pregnancy and children age 0-6yrs.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, provides ongoing support and teaching from Public Health Nurses and Family Home visitors  who make  regular home visits in clients homes at no charge. Clients can self-refer to the program by calling Health Connections at 905-546-3550


LEAP (learning earning and parenting) program provides practical in-home support for pregnant and parenting teens to help them stay in school and complete their education. Available for those up to age 21 905-546-2424 ext 3088


Is It Safe for My Baby? Risks and Recommendations for the Use of Medication, Alcohol,Tobacco and other Drugs during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding is a reference for women produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.




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