Childbirth classes and support
Childbirth classes and support
Welcome to our classes and support resources for pregnancy and beyond! We offer classes, videos and consultations for mothers and families for pregnancy and after birth care.
Click the links to the right or below to find out more about:
- Birth Doula Program
- Breastfeeding classes (pre- and postbirth)
- Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
- Outpatient Obstetrical Clinic
- Delayed bathing (VIDEO: Bathing a newborn)
Other prenatal classes available to you:
Markham Stouffville Hospital and The Baby Academy have partnered to provide discounted Live Online Childbirth Classes to serve expectant parents with the most accessible and up-to-date education.
The Baby Academy is a digital education provider, delivering online services to expectant and new parents. It is The Baby Academy's purpose to improve the lives of parents and babies via outstanding education.
Community services available to you:
Below are a number of other classes and resources we offer.
Early discharge program
A collaboration between the midwives in the hospital’s Alongside Midwifery Unit and staff and physicians in the Childbirth and Children’s Services program, the early discharge program allows healthy moms and babies to be discharged within six hours and receive follow-up care within 24 hours from a Registered Midwife.
The program includes:
- A home check-up 24-36 hours after birth for mom and baby
- Routine newborn bloodwork
- Feeding assistance
- The opportunity to ask any questions you have
For more information, watch this early discharge program video.
For more information, please contact: email@example.com.
Growing pains – preparing for the physical challenges of pregnancy and labour
In this class, you will learn about postural changes during pregnancy, how to relieve hip, back and pelvic discomfort, how to prepare for labour and postpartum healing. This class is offered in partnership with Markham Pelvic Health and lead by Melissa Wong, pelvic floor physiotherapist.
Location: MSH Learning Centre, Room A2323
Dates: First Wednesday of each month
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Body preparation for the best birth possible
Taught by a pelvic floor physiotherapist, you will learn physical changes during pregnancy, exercise safety, stretches for pain, positions for birth, strengthening tips an perineal stretching to reduce birth injury.
Locations: MSH Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU), building B, level 4, or Markham Pelvic Health
Dates: Second Wednesday or Thursday of the month
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Birth options after caesarean section information session
If you are pregnant and have had a previous caesarean birth please watch the following videos about the risks and benefits of both having a trial of labour or a repeat caesarean section. These videos are meant to help support you and your partner in making an informed decision about delivery options.
A patient video about trial of labour after caesarean section:
A patient education video about repeat elective cesearean section:
Family support videos about caring for new babies
This series of eight videos will provide you with important information about caring for yourself and your baby. Please connect with your healthcare provider for more detailed information on any of these topics.
Women’s wellness services
MSH has launched new services to support women’s health by providing therapies to improve quality of life. Learn more about Women's wellness services.
Other women's health resources
- Sexuality and U (contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, etc.)
- Women's Health Matters (from Women's College Hospital)
- Breastfeeding information (from Dr. Jack Newman)