Alternative Naissance An excellent resource, Alternative Naissance is a community organization that offers complete information about the diverse support services offered in Montreal for pregnancy and childbirth. Call them for free referrals, recommendations and more information about the prenatal and postnatal support community in Montreal.
6006, ave. de Bordeaux, Montreal
La Leche League (LLL) Mother-to-mother support groups providing information and encouragement to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. While complementing the care of the physician and other health care professionals, LLL recognizes the unique importance of one mother helping another. Pregnant moms are also welcome.
Canada-wide LLL breastfeeding referral service (800) 665-4324. In Montreal there are monthly meetings downtown, in Ville St. Laurent, and on the West Island. Nourri-Source
This french and english mother/baby support group meets every Tuesday morning between 10h-12h. Each week a different informational session is given (topics include infant massage and infant sleeping). There is always a nurse and/or volunteer on hand to answer your questions about breastfeeding support, infant care, etc. All are welcome, there is no charge. Similar programs are run at other Montreal CLSCs.
CLSC NDG/MTL-O 2525 Cavendish For general inquiries about the meetings either in NDG or elsewhere, call: (514) 948-9877
Nourri-Source has trained volunteers who can answer questions about breastfeeding and who offer one-on-one telephone support. For the NDG area, call Alejandra (514) 485-6401 for telephone support.
Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Labour Acupuncture can be helpful during pregnancy (particularly to assist breech baby to turn between 31-34 weeks) and as aid during labour in facilitating greater ease. Acupuncture can also help to treat infertility (women and men) and address fertility issues, a field in which Aina Zhang specialises. Aina Zhang, Clinique SinoCare 4177 Decarie Blvd, (514) 483-6669
Jean Levesque, 56 St. Joseph West, (514) 525-2425
Birthing Center -Maison de Naissance If you would like to prepare for a natural childbirth with the guidance of a midwife, these centers are an excellent choice. Fees covered under Quebec Medicare (RAMQ). Space is very limited so call as early as possible to secure a space.
180 Cartier, Pointe-Claire (affiliated with CLSC Lac Saint-Louis)
Info: (514) 697-1199 6560 Cote-des-Neiges, Cote-des-Neiges (affiliated with CLSC Cote-des-Neiges)
Info: (514) 736-2323
2187 Larivière, Montréal (at the moment for Plateau residents only)
Info: (514) 527-2361
15,70e ave. West, Blainville (Laurentians)
Info: (450) 431-8623
Breastfeeding Support - Breastfeeding Clinic at the Jewish General Hospital By appointment, no fee for service (first get referral from your doctor)
Carole Dobriche, Head Lactation Consultant Goldfarb Breastfeeding Program 5790 Cote-des-Neiges Info: (514) 340- 8222 ext. 3269
Breastfeeding Support - Community Groups See information for local community groups (at top of this page).
Breastfeeding Support- Directory of Quebec IBCLC Lactation Consultants Search the directory of certified lactation consultants who have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality assistance to babies and mothers in breastfeeding.
Childbirth Classes - English Classes in Montreal There are several lovely childbirth classes offered in the community... each with a slightly different focus and context. The following classes are included because they are taught by highly committed and established birthing professionals who have earned an excellent reputation for their work. •'MotherWit Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes' - with Lesley Everest & MotherWit doulas
Lesley Everest, the founder and director of MotherWit, generously shares her wealth of knowledge and her rich experience as a leading expert, doula and trainer in the field of birthing support. Lesley and her team of doulas offer prenatal classes that empower couples to make informed choices based upon their needs and values, and that build confidence in birthing naturally, should that be the desire and should circumstances favour.
Info: (514) 237-0737, or visit the MotherWit Classes Page, classes in NDG and Pointe-Claire • 'Preparing for Birth Together' - with Clearlight Gerald, MA, ERYT, RPYT
This one-time afternoon Couples Workshop offers expectant parents the opportunity to learn a variety of tools and techniques to cope with the challenges of labour with confidence, grace and skill. Essential breathing techniques and positions for labour and delivery are the focus, and fathers/ birth partners are empowered to effectively support moms. This workshop has been giving Montreal parents the tools and perspective to encourage a positive childbirth experience since 2001. For couples planning birth with the support of a doctor or with a midwife; the class is complimentary to other prenatal classes (but not repetitive).
Info: (514) 867-8671, or visit the Yogaspace Couples Workshop page, class in Westmount. •'Birds & Bees Prenatal Classes' - with Megan Howarth, doula and Jessica West, RN
Megan and Jessica have teamed up to offer well rounded classes with modules covering Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, and Baby's Arrival for couples planning a hospital birth. This dynamic and vibrant teaching team offers both perspectives of doula wisdom and clinical expertise in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Info: (514) 966-1657 or (514) 239-2032, or visit the Birds & Bees website, classes in NDG • 'Childbirth Education' - with Barbara Jones RN, Barbara Webster, RN, BScN, MSc.
Barbara and Barbara are well known for their prenatal courses that have been offered to expectant couples for many years now. Their program includes preparation for labour, birth, parenting and breastfeeding. The courses are held at the Jewish General Hospital and at St. Mary's Hospital. They offer both group and private classes.
Info: (514) 482-5108, or visit the Childbirth Education website. •CLSC Prenatal Classes - Contact your local CLSC to learn more about the prenatal and childbirth classes that are offered without fee to all Quebec residents.
Chiropractors for Pregnant Moms and Babies Patrick Freud, B.Sc., D.C., 2100 Marlowe, Suite 406, NDG/Montreal Info: (514) 483-3444 Valérie Lavigne, D.C., 3608 St-Charles boul. suite 1A, Kirkland Info: (514) 694-7111
Daycares in Montreal It is a good idea to get on the waiting lists as soon as possible (even while pregnant). Our official advice is that once your baby is born, do not wait for them to call you - instead visit and make your interest and presence known. For a complete listing of daycares in your area, visit the Enfance Famille website
Doula - Lesley Everest and MotherWit Doula Care, Montreal Lesley Everest has been a committed doula since the 1990s, and has been a teacher and guide to many in the Montreal birthing community. Lesley is the founder of MotherWit Doula Care, which provides birth and postpartum doula services, prenatal and birth education classes, and doula training. Lesley and the MotherWit team hold information sessions on the second Wednesday evening of every month in NDG - this is a great way to meet the doulas and to get more information on the services available! Also, visit www.motherwit.ca or contact Lesley at 514-237-0737 (or email@example.com).
Doula - Megan Howarth, Montreal
Megan is a dedicated doula and educator, offering birth and postpartum doula services, birth plan consultations and prenatal classes. Check out her Pregnancy Discussion Groups and Babywearing Workshops offered at Melons & Clementines in NDG! You can read more about her doula services, classes and workshops on Megan's website or call her at (514) 966-1657.
Doula - Rivka Cymbalist, Montreal In addtion to offering doula services, Rivka, a longtime Montreal doula, is the founder of the Montreal Birth Companions (MBC), and the MBC Doula School. Read more at Rivka's website.
more Doulas in Montreal There are many wonderful doulas in Montreal. It is important to meet with doulas until you find the doula you know is 'the one'. In addition to the doulas and services listed above, other doulas with good word of mouth include:
Jo Muise, doula (514) 581-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Dupras, doula (514) 996-8280 or visit Stephanie's website
postpartum Doulas The role of a postpartum doula is to support and nurture the new mother and family after the birth of baby. A postpartum doula can come to assist you one or two times, or regularly over a period of several months. The role of postpartum doulas can include breastfeeding support, baby care, encouragement and nurturing and help with whatever mom and baby need. Please note that these postpartum doulas do not provide services of babysitters or nannies:
Ayda deSouza (514) 662-8642 or doula-4-U@hotmail.com MotherWit Doula Care (514) 237-0737 or email@example.com Massage for Pregnancy and Beyond - Bianca Thout Bianca specialises in shiatsu massage for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. She also offers private instruction in baby massage. Home visits. Insurance receipts provided.
Info: (514) 721-0886 Download Bianca's PDF to learn more (20 KB) or visit her website
Perinatal and Family Therapy Services - Alexandra Matlin, M.S.W. Alexandra is an individual, couple and family therapist with over 10 years of experience in mental health. Her services include the treatment of postpartum depression, eating disorders and the challenges faced by new parents and families.
65 Hillside Ave., Westmount
Info: (514) 979-0895
Prepartum & Postpartum Depression - Leanna Zozula, Ph.D. Leanna is a psychologist who specializes in reproductive mental health issues, including pre and postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as infertility issues.
Info: (514) 337-2473 or visit the Psymontreal website
Treatment for Incontinence - Myra Siminovitch Physiotherapist specializing in incontinence, and all issues around the pelvic floor.
L'Esprit Rehabilitation, 5252 de Maisonneuve West, #100, Montreal
Info: (514) 486-0111 or (514) 942-1998
Baby Auric Diaper Service
"Easy for you, Better for your baby, Best for your planet." Dump dirty diapers in a pail and Baby Auric Diaper Service will pick them up once a week - you will receive a bag of freshly laundered diapers in exchange! Serves the island of Montreal and surrounding area.
Info: (514) 483-2874 - or visit their website.
Boutique la Mère Hélène Maternity clothes, cotton diapers and baby carriers are among the speciality items offered by Mère Hélène stores
Stores in Repentigny, Brossard and St-Jérôme
Info: visit their website
Coop La Maison Verte
Co-op La Maison Verte is a community-based co-operative that offers ecological solutions for the home as well as resources for responsible consumption. It is 'the' place to buy safe, baby-friendly soaps and cleaning products for your home - bring your empty containers for bulk purchases.
5785 Sherbrooke St. West, NDG
Info: (514) 489-8000 - or visit their website
Melons & Clementines Melons & Clementines is a boutique-café located in Montreal that specializes in breastfeeding supplies and services. It is owned by two lactation consultants certified by the IBLCE and work to help families find trustable resources, adapted equipment (from breastpumps to baby carriers, rentals also available) or simply great breastfeeding clothing (largest assortment of nursing bras). The heart-warming atmosphere of the café encourages families to share the highs and lows of parenting.
5659 Sherbrooke St. West (between Oxford and Harvard), (514) 482-5248
Music for Labour and Relaxation Music can transform the atmosphere of labour by inviting relaxation, deep focus, calm. Visit the music (relaxation) resources page for some suggestions. (The selections listed in the relaxation section are some that have been used by other moms during labour and also with new baby to relax and renew.)
Purchase or sell maternity and baby clothes, toys and supplies at this consignment friperie on the Plateau. Economically and ecologically friendly.
363 Fairmount West, Montreal
Info: (514) 656-5522 or visit their website
Bring Your Baby to the Movies Special programs in Montreal area cinemas that invite mom and dad to bring baby to see the latest feature films. Everybody in the theatre has a baby, so no one worries if your baby cries, needs to be fed or is sound asleep.
Baby Bottles Online If you are looking for non-plastic alternatives for baby bottles and can't find any locally, you might try this website for online purchases: www.thesoftlanding.com
Blog -Musings of a Montreal Doula This blog covers a range of topics including pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood and more - and is absolutely full of practical advice, real-life anecdotes and insightful commentary. Lesley Everest draws from her experience of her many years as a Montreal doula and mother of four, generously sharing information that is hard to find elsewhere. www.motherwitdoula.blogspot.com
Breastfeeding Advice & Information You will find an amazing collection of free online articles by Dr. Jack Newman at: (Link temporarily unavailable, update to follow) Topics include increasing milk supply, treating thrush, latching issues, newborn weight loss, and more.
Environmental Working Group At EWG, scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers research and summarize government data, legal documents, scientific studies and their own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Includes a database in which you can look up the products you use to learn about any potential health concerns. www.ewg.org
Guide to Making a Birth Plan Writing a birth plan is an excellent way to start thinking about labour and delivery, and a wonderful way to communicate your ideas and expectations with your doctor and healthcare providers.
Homemade Baby Food This website is an excellent guide on what and when to feed baby, and how to make and store your own wholesome baby food.
visit Wholesome Baby Food
This is the website to visit concerning the safety of medications, products and everyday exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Online Resources for Pregnancy, Baby Care and Parenting Several women from Yogaspace's pregnancy yoga and mom and baby yoga classes have recommended these sites as resources that they as new parents found to be helpful:
Quebec Parental Insurance Program The Quebec government website detailing the application process and eligibility for maternity/paternity leave for employed and self-employed new parents.
visit QPIP website