Preparing for birth

Your regular clinic visits during your pregnancy will help you prepare for birth. Your midwife will answer your questions and concerns.

Classes
The Midwives Collective offers a series of classes to our clients and their support person in preparation for the birth experience and early parenting.  Classes are not funded by the Ministry of Health and a fee of $200 is charged to clients.  If this fee is not possible at this time please talk to your midwife about a reduced fee.

Childbirth preparation classes:
We offer a 4 week series to all clients giving birth for the first time.  These classes run on a weeknight from 7-9 p.m at the Toronto Birth Centre.  They are taught by a midwife or student midwife.  For more info about the class content, and class fee please talk to your midwife.
Prenatal yoga class:
We offer a prenatal yoga class to our clients participating in the Childbirth Preparation Classes.  This is a 1.25 hour class that runs one Saturday per month.  You can talk to the front desk staff about signing up.

Client Council
You are welcome to join our client council, organized and run by former clients. These volunteers help to plan our annual Reunion Picnic, as well as advocate for midwifery and its consumers.

Homebirth information nights
Do you want to know about giving birth at home? This information night has:

  • Presentations by experienced midwives and families
  • Evidence-based information
  • Birth equipment demonstration
  • Water birth information
  • Home Birth Q & A

Free, or with a suggested donation of $20 (to our Joshua Fund). Please check out our website page on home and hospital birth, as well as our events page for upcoming information nights.

Lending library
All clients of the Midwives Collective are welcome to use our lending library.
We request that you take a maximum of three books at one time and return them at your next visit, or as soon as you have finished reading them.

Most of our books are loaned out on the honour system but some of our more precious and valued resources require you to sign them out. These are in a separate area and there are sign-out cards in the front cover of each book. Please enter pregnant client’s name* and the date, and leave the card on the front desk for staff. Please leave books that are being returned on the front desk.
*Please note – your name will be visible on the sign-out card to future clients borrowing the same book. If you would prefer to sign out the book confidentially ask staff for your “Client ID number” to use instead of your name.

Resource Binders
We have resource binders listing services and information that may be helpful to you during pregnancy, the postpartum period and with parenting. These are available in the reception area. You are welcome to consult this resources while in the clinic.