Support. It’s what we doulas do. We know that everyone needs help from time to time. It can be difficult to find what you need when you are feeling overwhelmed. Here are some Waterloo Region community resources that can help you along your way.
Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s Childbirth Care
Main phone line: 519-621-2330
Automated operator: 519-621-2333
Midwifery Care Providers
Kitchener-Waterloo Midwifery Associates
St. Jacobs Midwives
Canadian Association of Midwives
The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories. CAM promotes the development of the profession in the public interest and contributes the midwifery perspective to the national health policy agenda.
A list of all the OB/GYNs practicing in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge can be found at:http://opencare.com/find/obstetrics-and-gynecology-kitchener-ontario
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
The SOGC produces national clinical guidelines for both public and medical education on important womens health issues.
(800) 561-2416 or (613) 730-4192
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The mission of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons is to improve the health and care of Canadians by leading in medical education, professional standards, physician competence and continuous enhancement of the health system.
613-730-8177 or 1-800-668-3740
Rate My MD
RateMyMD.ca is a free, non-biased, anonymous database of Canadian doctor and midwife ratings and real patient testimonials. Sometimes, reading the anecdotal experiences of others can help reduce the anxiety that may arise in meeting a new care provider.
Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support Resources
Breastfeeding is natural – but that doesn’t mean that it is easy! Don’t be shy about asking for help!
Breastfeeding Support Services at Grand River Hospital
Breastfeeding support in-person or via telephone for patients who delivered at Grand River Hospital. Call for more information and for an appointment. This service is covered by OHIP.
Cambridge Paediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic
Book an in-person appointment with a Lactation Consultant. A referral from your doctor or midwife is required. This service is covered by OHIP.
Public Health Breastfeeding Support
Free telephone support from a Public Health Nurse related to the health of your child including breastfeeding support. Leave a message on the Healthy Children Info Line and a Public Health Nurse will call you with information about the services available to you.
Two Rivers Family Health Team Lactation Consultant
In-person appointment with a Lactation Consultant available for patients of the Two Rivers Family Health Team in Cambridge. Covered by OHIP.
519-629-4615 ext. 271
Get matched with a trained volunteer who has breastfed. Free one-to-one phone support and community sites.
La Leche League
Free group meetings or telephone help that provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. Accredited Leaders lead discussions where mothers receive breastfeeding information and support in their role as a breastfeeding parent.
519-579-3800 -or- 1-800-665-4324
WE (Women Everywhere) Breastfeed
The WE Breastfeed program matches trained and experienced volunteers with mothers who are nursing and need support, and mothers who are pregnant and want to learn about breastfeeding.
519-821-6638 ext. 250
Private Lactation Consultant Services
In-Person support from a Lactation Consultant. Call the Healthy Children Info Line for an up-to-date list of Lactation Consultants in Waterloo Region. Each Lactation Consultant’s fees vary.519-883-2245 (leave a message)
World-renowned lactation expert Dr. Jack Newman has a Toronto-based clinic, where you can go to receive hands-on breastfeeding/chestfeeding support from the expert himself. His website is full of videos and handouts that are essential to learning about breastfeeding.
Birthing and Breastfeeding Transmen Facebook Group
Online pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding support for Trans* men, their families and their allies. A very useful and informative group!
Human Milk 4 Human Babies: Informed Milk Sharing Network
Wet-nursing and other forms of human milksharing have existed across all human cultures and throughout history. In today’s world, with breastfeeding rates extremely low in most parts of the world and aggressive infant formula marketing campaigns, we are losing the tradition of milksharing. HM4HB allows families in need of breastmilk to connet with people with a surplus.
Milk Junkies: Breastfeeding and Parenting From a Transgender Perspective
Trevor McDonald, the author of this amazing blog, discusses perinatal issues, including chestfeeding, from his own experience as a trans* man. This website is invaluable both for families and for care providers looking to provide inclusive care.
My Breastfeeding Guide
This online guide written by breastfeeding expert Teresa Pitman and issued by Best Start is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about breastfeeding and trouble-shooting breastfeeding issues. The language is very accessible and the pictures are very helpful. A free read that you will return to again and again.
Pregnancy, Birthing, & Chestfeeding: An Illustrated Guidebook With Gender Non-Conforming Models of Colour
This book by Miyuki Baker is available online for free. It shows people across the gender spectrum nursing their babies.
Kitchener-Waterloo Parents of Multiple Births Association (KW-POMBA)
A resource for families of multiple births, providing guidance, support, and encouragement to families and expectant families of firstname.lastname@example.orgDad Central OntarioEngaging fathers and creating father-friendliness in businesses.888-284-2204http://dadcentral.ca/Postpartum Mood DisordersIf you or someone you love is feeling depressed and overwhelmed after the birth of a baby and are expressing thoughts of suicide, harming themselves or their children) and/or experiencing hallucinations, immediately contact your healthcare provider, your local hospital’s emergency room, your local crisis intervention team, or call 9-1-1.
Mood Disorders Association
519-884-5455 Monday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
24 Hour Crisis Line 519 744-1813 -or- 1-866-366-4566
Birth Trauma & Perinatal Loss
Sometimes, what is supposed to be the happiest time of your life is, in fact, the most heartbreaking. Please do not be afraid to seek out those who can help you, like the resources listed below. Beth has extensive experience working with families who have been touched by trauma and/or are expecting to say hello and goodbye to their babies at the same time – if you feel that having a doula would be of benefit to you, please contact us.
Birth Trauma Ontario
The mission of Birth Trauma Ontario is to provide a supportive environment for the sharing of stories, the processing of wounds and the exchanging of ideas for recovery so that each woman can emerge into the fullness of who she is meant to be.
Bereaved Families of Ontario Midwestern Region
Bereaved Families of Ontario provides compassionate non-denominational mutual aid support for families and individuals who have lost a significant person to death. Through their affiliates, they offer support after the loss of an infant, a child, an adult child, a parent, a brother or a sister, an adult sibling, a grandchild or a spouse. Their affiliates also support parents, guardians or family members helping a child grieve. As well, they support the unique circumstances faced by survivors of violent death, survivors of completed suicide, and families seeking pregnancy after loss.
Rose Greensides: email@example.com
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Professional photographers who volunteer their services so that families experiencing the loss of a pregnancy, baby, or child can have beautiful, respectful photographs to treasure.
A list of photographers serving Waterloo Region and beyond can be found here:https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/find-a-photog/
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope: Putting a Face on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss
This community exists so that grieving parents have the opportunity to see the faces and read the stories of others who have lost their babies. At the end of many of the stories here, contact information is listed for the writer, and readers are encouraged to reach out to these women for help.
The story of a family whose baby was born with Trisomy 13, a disorder incompatible with life.
Todd and Angie Smith Family Story
The story of a family whose baby was born with a terminal illness (Note: this was filmed for a Christian show, so it contains Christian imagery. We posted this for the story, the hope, the beauty, and the tears and not for the faith content. I feel that regardless of your religious (un)affiliation, this video is helpful)
A Heartbreaking Choice
This website supports women who have made the “Heartbreaking Choice” to terminate a much wanted pregnancy. For those who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to a poor prenatal diagnosis, problems with their own health, or for the health of another fetus (selective reduction).
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivor Resources
Women and Trans people and their children are especially vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual assault. You have the right to live without fear. No one deserves abuse – EVER.
Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
The Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre has nurses and social workers on their team to care for your medical concerns, support your emotional needs and to assist you in planning for your safety.
St. Mary’s General Hospital
Food, Shelter, & Health Help
Sources of Emergency and Low-Cost Food
A comprehensive list of hamper programs, community meals, and local discount food sources in Waterloo Region is available at this URL.
Emergency Shelter Programs in Waterloo Region
A thorough brochure describing the list of residential programs for families with no fixed address, including “Out of the Cold” program details.
Women’s Health Matters
A trusted source of information, news and research findings on women’s health.
Region of Waterloo Public Health
Find a doctor, dentist or walk-in clinic, learn about immunization, locate local hospitals, take care of your sexual health, access breastfeeding resources, and much more!
Alcontrol & Moving Forward Program (Kitchener)
Alcontrol is a 4-10 week, 9-bed residential treatment program for adult women who are concerned about their alcohol and/or drug use. The program is housed in newly renovated centre, conveniently located in the heart of Kitchener. A day program called Moving Forward provides individual, group counselling as well as residential treatment for women who are pregnant and/or parenting children under 6, and who are concerned with their substance use.
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies.
The term “harm reduction” refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities.
Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.
Finally, Harm Reduction ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.