Classes & support

We offer classes, videos and consultations for mothers and families for during pregnancy and after birth care.

Our Childbirth Navigator will help ensure your experience at MSH is seamless from when you first contact us until six weeks after delivery. She will ensure you are connected to a care provider of your choice and help access programs and services

Contact: email havingababy@msh.on.ca or by phone 416-671-4131

Birth preparation class

This class provides information about what families can expect during their hospital stay. 

Classes are offered daily, contact the childbirth navigator to schedule an appointment. 

 Growing Pains - preparing for the physical challenges of pregnancy and labour

Women will learn about postural changes during pregnancy, how to relieve hip,back and pelvic discomfort, how to prepare for labour and about postpartum healing

Offered in partnership with Markham Pelvic Health and lead by Melissa Wong, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Location: MSH Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU), Building B, level 4
Dates: first Wednesday of each month
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Register: markhampelvichealth.com 

OB outpatient clinic

Postpartum support

Postpartum appointments are available after you are discharged - your nurse will schedule an appointment for you before you leave the hospital. 

Services:

  • Supportive counselling sessions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy or solution focused therapy
  • One-to-one follow-up with a registered nurse, registered social worker or lactation consultant
  • Appointment types include face-to-face on-site visits, class/group sessions or online video appointment from the comfort of your own home 
  • On-call obstetrical physician 
  • Our clinic staff work cooperatively with our mental health social workers, and will refer patients to the out-patient mental health clinic if needed
  • Referral to community resources 
  • Appointments are available by self-referral or booked through your care provider
  • You may call to book an appointment for any postpartum concerns

Located on level 4, Building B, unit 4WG 905 472-7351

View our obstetrical clinic brochure.

Early pregnancy assessment

This is a clinic to support assessment of women under 20 weeks of pregnancy with threatened or real pregnancy loss. This includes ectopic pregnancy, incomplete loss and early pregnancy assessment.

In the clinic you may see a Physician, Nurse and a Social Worker. As part of the team, a Social Worker can meet with you and your partner and assist in supporting your emotional recovery, psychosocial matters and community linking. The social workers you may see in the clinic are:

  • Wajeda Shaikh, MSW, RSW
  • Joey Crump, MSW, RSW

Birth options after caesarean birth information session

If you have had a previous caesarean birth, this free class provides greater depth about the risks and benefits of both a trial of labour after a caesarean (TOLAC) and repeat caesarean birth. This will help support you and your partner in making an informed birth decision. These classes are held in unit 4WF in room B4611 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday September 27, 2018

  • Thursday October 25, 2018

  • Thursday November 29, 2018

Please call 905-472-7351 to register. Directions to room B4611: Take the elevator in Building B to the top floor. Turn right out of the elevator and walk into unit 4Wf and the teaching room is on the left, just inside the double doors.

Breastfeeding classes (pre- and post-birth)

ABC's of breastfeeding workshop: We encourage women who intend to breastfeed and their partners to attend a pre-birth breastfeeding class. In collaboration with Markham Prenatal, this class is led by an MSH lactation consultant and offers detailed information about breastfeeding. Women who take this class report improved success and less frustration when they begin breastfeeding. This is a free service and you can register by visiting Markham Prenatal

Postpartum appointments: These appointments are available after you are discharged - your nurse will schedule an appointment for you before you leave the hospital usually within 24 hours after discharge from the hospital.

Breastfeeding classes post-birth: This clinic supports women who are breastfeeding up to six weeks post delivery.  Breastfeeding classes post delivery are led by a lactation consultant and are by appointment which can be made prior to discharge or by calling in at any time post delivery.

Markham Stouffville Hospital has a partnership with Public Health for the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program and breastfeeding support. The public health nurse visits weekdays to connect new families to supportive community programs.

These breastfeeding support sessions and post-partum appointments are held in the Obstetrical clinic located on the top floor of Building B in 4WG. 

Contact: 905-472-7351

Hours of operation: Sunday to Friday

 Women's wellness services

MSH has launched new services to support women’s health by providing therapies to improve quality of life. Using different methods, the clinic aims to improve women’s sense of personal well-being, strengthen focus and mental flexibility, manage difficult emotions, promote self-awareness and distinguish healthy from unhealthy coping.

These services are available to patients of MSH across all departments including childbirth, cancer care, surgical and mental health. Patients can register for sessions starting in January 2019 now: services and schedule.

We are able to meet the needs of our growing community through these services thanks to the support from our generous donors and funds raised by the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women.

Birth Doula Program 

Doulas support women before and after birth, and throughout labour. They help with relaxation, positioning, enhancing the partner’s role and increasing satisfaction with the birth experience and increasing rates of breastfeeding.

MSH’s Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) is partnering with the Birth Doula Program to offer hospital doula services to patients. 

Families have the choice to either have the support of an Apprentice Doula ($300 + HST) or an Experienced Doula ($1050 + HST). 

Find a doula and register for the program 

Family support videos

There are many things you need to know when you bring your newborn home. This series of eight videos will provide some important information about caring for you and your baby. Please connect with your care provider for more detailed information on any of these topics.