The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
DONA Intl's definition of a doula, their website.
Up to date information on a variety of pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.
Evidence Based Birth
Up-to date statistics and information (mostly American) relating to birth and pregnancy. A good tool for learning about key clinical terms and procedures.
A collaboration between SickKids & Shoppers Drug Mart. This is a helpful resource for mothers who are not sure about taking certain medications.
March of Dimes
A non-profit working to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies. Great resource for perinatal health, premature births and loss.
Speak with a registered nurse anytime in Quebec by dialling 8-1-1.
Quebec Family & Baby Forms (prenatal & postpartum)
Navigating Quebec's bureaucratic system can be challenging. Here it is all laid out for you. Click on "My Personalized Itinerary" to learn which forms might apply to you.
TinyTots (Quebec's version of "What to Expect")
Learn about everything from prenatal appointments to breastfeeding and community resources. You should have gotten a copy at your first prenatal appointment.
Vaccine Schedule (by Province)
A government resource for routine vaccinations, including a basic breakdown of what each vaccine is intended to treat. A good introduction for vaccine research.
Safe Sleep for Your Baby (Canada.ca)
Canada's safe sleeping guidelines current recommendations.
breast-feeding & feeding
Global Health Media
Educational videos on various breastfeeding topics such as feeding in the first few hours, feeding positions, and milk supply knowledge.
A helpful resource of breastfeeding information and troubleshooting. A good place to find out the benefits of breastfeeding.
101 Reasons to Breastfeed
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"...an NGO that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices"
A pregnancy support network for moms who are learning about breastfeeding and breastfeeding themselves. Peer-to-peer support and local community mom-meetups in order to promote breastfeeding. Also affiliated with "La Route du Lait": a network of Montreal businesses that welcome breastfeeding mothers.
A good start nutritionally for pregnant mamas and little ones under 2 years. Pregnancy supplements of orange, milk, and eggs (Orange, Lait, Oeufs) and a vitamin for mamas living below the poverty line. Available at CLSCs & at support groups.
Supplied by Government of Canada. A helpful guide and timeline of the introduction of solid foods.
International Breastfeeding Centre (Jack Newman)
"A non-profit organization since 2010, [they offer] breastfeeding support, education, and training."
Article: Breastfeeding, birilium and jaundice
Local Breastfeeding Support Groups & Drop-Ins
Proper Preparation of Formula - World Health Organization
It is important when deciding to formula feed your infant that proper care be used for feeding.
Paced Bottle Feeding - Mama Natural
Paced bottle feeding of formula or breastmilk is the safest way to feed. Baby can control the amount which can lead to less overfeeding and a healthier baby.
local to montreal
Caffe della Pace (The Peace Café) - 1002 av Van Horne
owned by Rivka Cymbalist, this is a cafe which has great lunch food and a wonderful nook for classes, support groups and gatherings of parents and birth workers.
Melons & Clementines - 5659 Sherbrooke St. W
A lunch spot and toddler's hangout, this place is a local resource and shop for all of your breastfeeding needs. NDG go-ers should check it out for classes and lactation help. Also have breast pumps and nursing gear available for purchase. MotherWit & other groups are putting on a lot of classes here recently!
La Tasse Gamine - 5658 av. Parc
"[A] vegetarian family cafe and ecoboutique in the heart of Mile End. With a large play area, library and plenty of games, La Tasse Gamine is the ideal retreat for families with small children."
A mommy blog, all things natural. She sends out a wicked weekly email if you subscribe with all kinds of things from pregnancy & parenting to recipes, herbals, & DIYs.
A family and parenting magazine featuring Montreal activities and lifestyle articles.
A lot of articles spanning many topics all about kids & parenting. It can get BuzzFeed-y and is a quick, often funny read.
A good resource with helpful information for new moms. Topics include pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenting.
La Place 0-5
A provincially funder childcare (CPE) and home daycare locator tool for parents.
A fresh take on parenting, pregnancy and all the all kinds of things. Kind of a magazine of funny yet informative content.