Postpartum Resources


Video Links: 1. International Breastfeeding Centre ​​2. Breastfeeding and Your Baby Websites Links 1. OMama on breastfeeding 2. Canadian Pediatric Society on breastfeeding 3. International Breastfeeding Centre 4. Canadian Public Health infant nutrition

Vitamin D for Breastfeed Babies

Website Links: Canadian Pediatric Society handout for parents La Leche League information about vitamin D Healthy Families supplement with vitamin D Health Unit provides guidelines on giving your baby vitamin D

Safe Sleep for Baby

Dr. McKenna is an expert on safe infant sleep and its relationship with breastfeeding and keeping your baby safe. Read his guidelines HERE. For other website links: Canadian Public Health has a booklet on safe sleep Safe Sleep Guide Safe Sleep from the Canadian Pediatric Society
Safe Sleep Video from Public Health Canada Video from Sunnybrook Hospital on safe sleep

Car Seats

Learn from the Canadian Pediatric Society Ontario Government wants to teach you about carseats Canadian Government information about car seat safety Video showing how to secure a baby in a car seat

The Baby Blues

What are the baby blues? from HealthLinkBC Motherhood and Mood
Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids information about baby blues

Postpartum Depression

Edinburgh Depression Scale (calculator for depression) OMaMa Resources on PPD BestStart Resources on PPD Mayo Clinic Minute Video on Postpartum Mood Disorders

Self Care

Taking Care of Yourself After Birth from Standford Childrens Hospital
BC Womens Health on after-birth care Healthy Families Self-Care for New Moms

Meditation Videos

Postpartum Meditation from Mama and Baby Love Calming and Relaxation for New Parents Breastfeeding Meditation

Common Newborn Concerns

A handout on Newborn Behaviour from the Association of Ontario Midwives OMama information on Jaundice and Newborn Breathing Baby Skin Conditions from Healthy Children Mount Sinai Newborn Breathing Information

Tummy Time

Tummy Time from Raising Children Tummy Time from Safe to Sleep Foundation Tummy Time from Healthy Families BC
Video from Mount Sinai about Tummy Time Video from Sunnybrook Hospital about Tummy Time Exercises

Infant Massage

Massage Basics from Baby Center Benefits of Infant Massage from HealthLink BC

Exercise for Mom

Exercise after Pregnancy from American College of OB-GYNs Safe Exercise after Pregnancy from Australia
​Postnatal Workout Video from BodyFit Fun workout with your baby from Blogilates Mommy and Me video from BodyFit

Nutrition for Mom

A Breastfeeding Eating Plan Information for breastfeeding parents from Canadian Pediatricians Common Concerns about diet and breastfeeding
Unlock Food - Ontario Dieticians on healthy weight loss after pregnancy

Alcohol, Coffee, and Drugs while Breastfeeding

Unlock Food information about keeping baby safe during pregnancy
Special circumstances and their effects on breastfeeding from the CDC La Leche League: - on breastfeeding and alcohol - on breastfeeding and caffeine
Medications and Breastfeeding
More information on medicine and breastfeeding

Caring for Perineal Tears or Episiotomy

Episiotomy information from the National Health Service
Preventing and healing perineal injuries from Community Care Midwives Aftercare for perineal injuries What to expect after an episiotomy or tear
Information about your perineum

​Videos: Caring for your perineum after the birth of your baby from Leeds Hospital After a vaginal birth

Postpartum Bleeding

Is your postpartum bleeding normal? What to expect with postpartum bleeding
How much bleeding is too much?

Incision Care (after a c-section)

Caring for your scar Aftercare for a cesarean birth Taking care of your incision at home Videos: After a surgical birth

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

See our local resources for some clinics in Windsor-Essex Pelvic Floor Exercises for Beginners ( Video)
Kegel Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor ( Video)
Post Pregnancy Core Recovery ( Video)

Urinary Incontinence

What to expect with bladder control after having a baby
Childbirth and incontinence What is stress incontinence? Kegels for Bladder Control ( Video)
Pelvic floor exercise for women ( Video) Postpartum incontinence ( Video)

Goal Setting

How to set SMART goals Guide to goal setting Goal setting worksheets

Healthy Weight Loss

Losing weight after having a baby Tips for healthy postpartum weight loss
Postpartum weight loss

Infant Oral Health

HealthlinkBC - Infant dental care Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids - Newborn oral health Newborn and Infant oral health Canadian Dental Association - your child's first dental visit Tips for cleaning baby's gums and first teeth ( Video) How do I care for my baby's gums and teeth? ( Video)

Starting Solid Foods

Unlock Food - Ontario Dieticians: - Feeding your child - Helping your child appropriately gain weight - Introducing solids Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation - Starting Solids The Complete Guide to Starting Solids from St Louis Childrens Hospital ( Video)

Introducing Foods to limit Allergies

Communication and Language Development

Baby's language development during 0-6months Milestones for baby language development (newborn to 3 months) Childhood Early Communication Information
Being aware of potential issues with infant hearing and communication Crying and Cooing - Baby's first year ( Video)
Communication Milestones in the first 3 months ( Video)

Folic Acid

OMama - folic acid supplements
Nutrition during pregnancy FAQs
Canadian Obstetricians position on folic acid

Vaginal Birth after a C-section (VBAC)

HealthlinkBC - learning about VBACs Association of Ontario Midwives - Thinking about a VBAC Labour and birth during a VBAC

What makes a good candidate for a VBAC? ( Video) VBAC vs Repeat c-section, making a choice ( Video)

Child and Pregnancy Spacing

How long should you wait before your next pregnancy?
Safe spacing and birth outcomes


Sex and U - Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada's website that covers all things contraception
Overview of different methods including visuals for each ( Video)


Healthy Environments for Kids - information from the Canadian Government : Safe @ Home

Playing it Safe

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Parents guide to vaccination
Vaccination and your child
Preparing for immunizations
Making immunizations a posititive experience
Pain management during immunizations

Taking care of your child after immunization Canadian Pediatricians - baby vaccines
Ontario - Information about vaccines schedules and safety Ontario - Vaccines for babies and toddlers
Making vaccines comfortable ( Video) What to expect when your child is vaccinated ( Video)

Grief, Pregnancy Loss, and Infant Loss

Online support and resource for information on grieving. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network Toll-Free: 888-303-7245 Bereaved Families Ontario Calgary based pregnancy and infant loss support centre Hotline you can call from anywhere

Mental Health and Addiction Services

ConnexOntario Helpline: 1-866-531-2600 ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. They are funded by the Government of Ontario. The system navigation and information service is live-answer 24/7, confidential, and free. ConnexOntario maintains a centralized, up-to-date, and accurate database of detailed drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health treatment service information. This information includes: where the service is located how to access the service how long the wait to access the service may be
Canadian Mental Health Association – Mental Health Meter quiz Crisis Services Canada Call 1.833.456.4566 Text 45645 Wellness and Emotional Support for Youth Online Ages 13-24 Big White Wall Online mental health and wellbeing service Anxiety Canada Bounceback Ontario – free mental health programs


FASD Ontario Source of accurate, up-to-date information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiciton Alcohol Help Centre

Diet and Nutrition

Canada Public Health – Information on Health in Pregnancy – Nutrition, Food Safety, and Depression Dietitians of Canada – Pregnancy Nutrition information Dietitians of Canada – Infant Feeding Information Canada Food Guide


Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Internatal Breastfeeding Centre – Jack Newman Simply Breastfeeding From Day One – Cindy & Jana Online prenatal breastfeeding course.
International Breastfeeding Centre – Jack Newman Get information on all topics breastfeeding and watch instructional videos Le Leche League Canada Find information sheets, meetings, watch instructional videos and other resources in the Get Help section. Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education View breastfeeding handouts on many topics and watch instructional videos. Breastfeeding Support Information on many breastfeeding topics. Video – Attaching Your Baby At The Breast Video – Hand Expression of Breastmilk Video – From Bump to Breastfeeding


Video – Breastfeeding Twins Setting Up Your Space Video – Breastfeeding Twins Simultaneous Breastfeeding Parents of Multiple Births Association Windsor

Newborn Tests & Medications

Ontario Newborn Screens – including critical congenital heart defect screening (CCHD) Newborn Screening Ontario Youtube Channel – watch educational videos about the newborn screening program in Ontario Vitamin K Canadian Pediatric Society: CDC: Evidence-based Birth: Erythromycin Ontario Government Factsheet on Opthalmia Neonatorum - Canadian Pediatric Society: Hearing Screening Ontario Infant Hearing Program Windsor Regional Hospital: Early Years Family Centre:

Safe Sleep for Babies

Caring For Kids: University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory: La Leche League SIDS and safe sleep: Government of Canada Brochure:

Newborn Conditions

Information on the heart and heart defects Canadian Down Syndrome Society DSD Families – UK-based information and support network for families with children born with disorders of sexual development (ie. Ambiguous genitalia) Children’s First – publicly funded program for children with or at risk of developmental concerns.


Canadian Pediatric Society – Caring for Kids – Information for Parents Topics include: Pregnancy & Babies Safety Learning Immunizations Illness Behaviour and parenting Healthy bodies – nutrition and lifestyle Mount Sinai Parenting Centre Youtube channel


Canadian Paediatric Society's position statement on circumcision.
Health Link BC Circumcision Q&A Prenatal Education & Family Wellness Centre – Infant Circumcision
CIRP – Circumcision Information and Resources A comprehensive, well-cited website with information and resources related to circumcision. Care of the Uncircumcised Penis

LGBT2SQ Health

Rainbow Health Ontario – Find service providers and access resources and information on LGBT2SQ health Montreal-based website that provides resources for supporting and affirming gender creative kids within their families, schools and communities.


Apply for OHIP Association of Midwives of Ontario – Uninsured Clients


Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Information on cannabis use including information for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers CBD Clinicals Information on research that has been done regarding CBD oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Smoking in Pregnancy and Smoking Cessation smoking cessation website with information, advice and resources (including apps if you think that may be helpful) Link to a list of smoking cessation resources (online, telephone, and print), some specific for pregnant women and new mothers and some general resources Smoker's Helpline - Canadian Cancer Society On the road to quitting - Guide to becoming a non-smoker (Health Canada) Pregnets CAN-ADAPT STOP program Smoking cessation website


College of Midwives of Ontario FAQ for Clients
Evidence-Based Birth COVID-19 resource page


MotherToBaby Source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Breech Babies

Moxibustion for turning breech babies Spinning Babies – Information on Breech Position

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