Postpartum Resources

Breastfeeding


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


http://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Breastfeeding/Infant-feeding/Food-allergies-and-babies.aspx https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention/ascia-how-to-introduce-solid-foods-to-babies https://www.allergy.org.au/images/pcc/ASCIA_PCC_How_to_introduce_solid_foods_2017_new.pdf https://foodallergycanada.ca/2017/01/important-changes-introduction-peanuts-babies/
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/reducing-baby-food-allergy-risk




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




Contraception


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)




Childproofing


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. https://refugeingrief.com/ International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies https://istss.org/public-resources/public-education-pamphlets.aspx Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network https://pailnetwork.sunnybrook.ca/ Toll-Free: 888-303-7245 Bereaved Families Ontario https://bereavedfamilies.net/ Calgary based pregnancy and infant loss support centre Hotline you can call from anywhere https://www.pregnancyinfantlosssupportcentre.com/hotline




Mental Health and Addiction Services


ConnexOntario https://www.connexontario.ca/ 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 https://cmha.ca/mental-health-meter Crisis Services Canada https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/ Call 1.833.456.4566 Text 45645 Wellness and Emotional Support for Youth Online https://wesforyouthonline.ca/ Ages 13-24 Big White Wall https://www.bigwhitewall.com/?lang=en-ca Online mental health and wellbeing service Anxiety Canada https://www.anxietycanada.com/ Bounceback Ontario – free mental health programs https://bouncebackontario.ca/




Alcohol


FASD Ontario https://www.fasdinfotsaf.ca/en/ Source of accurate, up-to-date information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiciton https://www.ccsa.ca/ Alcohol Help Centre http://camh.alcoholhelpcenter.net/default.aspx




Diet and Nutrition


Canada Public Health – Information on Health in Pregnancy – Nutrition, Food Safety, and Depression https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy.html Dietitians of Canada – Pregnancy Nutrition information https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Pregnancy/ Dietitians of Canada – Infant Feeding Information https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Infant-Feeding/ Canada Food Guide https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/




Breastfeeding


Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Internatal Breastfeeding Centre – Jack Newman https://ibconline.ca/online-prenatal-class/ Simply Breastfeeding From Day One – Cindy & Jana Online prenatal breastfeeding course. https://www.simplybreastfeeding.ca/p/simply-breastfeeding
International Breastfeeding Centre – Jack Newman Get information on all topics breastfeeding and watch instructional videos https://ibconline.ca/ Le Leche League Canada Find information sheets, meetings, watch instructional videos and other resources in the Get Help section. https://www.lllc.ca/ Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education View breastfeeding handouts on many topics and watch instructional videos. https://lacted.org/ Breastfeeding Support Information on many breastfeeding topics. https://breastfeeding.support/ Video – Attaching Your Baby At The Breast https://globalhealthmedia.org/portfolio-items/attaching-your-baby-at-the-breast/?portfolioID=10861 Video – Hand Expression of Breastmilk https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/hand-expressing-milk.html Video – From Bump to Breastfeeding https://vimeo.com/11692547




Twins/Multiples


Video – Breastfeeding Twins Setting Up Your Space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcsw3aDXQS0 Video – Breastfeeding Twins Simultaneous Breastfeeding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0zLu7dAUC4 Parents of Multiple Births Association Windsor http://www.pombawindsor.com/




Newborn Tests & Medications


Ontario Newborn Screens – including critical congenital heart defect screening (CCHD) https://www.newbornscreening.on.ca/en Newborn Screening Ontario Youtube Channel – watch educational videos about the newborn screening program in Ontario https://www.youtube.com/user/NBSOntario Vitamin K Canadian Pediatric Society: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/vitamin-k-prophylaxis-in-newborns CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vitamink/facts.html Evidence-based Birth: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-for-the-vitamin-k-shot-in-newborns/ Erythromycin Ontario Government Factsheet on Opthalmia Neonatorum - http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/legislation/opth_neo/docs/opt_neo.pdf Canadian Pediatric Society: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/ophthalmia-neonatorum Hearing Screening Ontario Infant Hearing Program http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/english/earlychildhood/hearing/index.aspx https://infanthearingprogram.com/ Windsor Regional Hospital: https://www.wrh.on.ca/AudiologyServices Early Years Family Centre: https://connectwithus.ca/programs/ihp/




Safe Sleep for Babies


Caring For Kids: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/safe_sleep_for_babies University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory: https://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/ La Leche League https://www.llli.org/the-safe-sleep-seven/ https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/sleep-bedshare/ SIDS and safe sleep: https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/safesleepbasics/about Government of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/childhood-adolescence/stages-childhood/infancy-birth-two-years/safe-sleep/safe-sleep-your-baby-brochure.html Brochure: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/migration/phac-aspc/hp-ps/dca-dea/stages-etapes/childhood-enfance_0-2/sids/pdf/sleep-sommeil-eng.pdf




Newborn Conditions


Information on the heart and heart defects https://wisconsinshine.org/heart-atlas/ Canadian Down Syndrome Society https://cdss.ca/family-support/new-parents-babies/ DSD Families – UK-based information and support network for families with children born with disorders of sexual development (ie. Ambiguous genitalia) https://www.dsdfamilies.org/ Children’s First – publicly funded program for children with or at risk of developmental concerns. https://www.children-first.ca/infant-and-child-development/




Parenting


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 https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/ Mount Sinai Parenting Centre Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7aKhPwmkYwBVz61tsBJ4Aw/videos




Circumcision


Canadian Paediatric Society's position statement on circumcision.
https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/circumcision
Health Link BC Circumcision Q&A https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw142449 Prenatal Education & Family Wellness Centre – Infant Circumcision https://www.thefamilywellnesscentre.com/circumcision.html
CIRP – Circumcision Information and Resources A comprehensive, well-cited website with information and resources related to circumcision.
http://www.cirp.org/ Care of the Uncircumcised Penis http://www.cirp.org/pages/parents/peron1/ https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/bathing-skin-care/Pages/Care-for-an-Uncircumcised-Penis.aspx




LGBT2SQ Health


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




Non-OHIP


Apply for OHIP https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-ohip-and-get-health-card Association of Midwives of Ontario – Uninsured Clients https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/uninsured-clients




Cannabis


Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Information on cannabis use including information for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers https://www.wechu.org/your-health/cannabis-your-questions-answered CBD Clinicals Information on research that has been done regarding CBD oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding https://cbdclinicals.com/category/cbd-for-pregnancy/




Smoking in Pregnancy and Smoking Cessation


Smokefree.gov smoking cessation website with information, advice and resources (including apps if you think that may be helpful) https://women.smokefree.gov/pregnancy-motherhood/quitting-while-pregnant/quit-for-two https://women.smokefree.gov/pregnancy-motherhood/smokefree-motherhood/stay-smokefree-after-baby https://women.smokefree.gov/quit-smoking/how-to-quit https://women.smokefree.gov/tools-tips/apps https://women.smokefree.gov/your-relationships/build-your-smokefree-team Link to a list of smoking cessation resources (online, telephone, and print), some specific for pregnant women and new mothers and some general resources https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/en Smoker's Helpline - Canadian Cancer Society https://www.smokershelpline.ca/ On the road to quitting - Guide to becoming a non-smoker (Health Canada) https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/road-quitting-guide-becoming-non-smoker.html Pregnets https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/en/pregnets CAN-ADAPT https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/English/CANADAPTT/Pages/Home.aspx STOP program https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/English/stop/Pages/Home.aspx Smoking cessation website https://breakitoff.ca/




COVID-19


College of Midwives of Ontario FAQ for Clients https://www.cmo.on.ca/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-for-clients/
Evidence-Based Birth COVID-19 resource page https://evidencebasedbirth.com/covid19/




Drugs/Medications


MotherToBaby Source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. https://mothertobaby.org/




Breech Babies


Moxibustion for turning breech babies https://www.pregnancy.com.au/moxibustion-breech-presentation/ Spinning Babies – Information on Breech Position https://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/baby-positions/breech/





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