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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Family Birthing Centre

Family Birthing Centre

The Family Birthing Centre, located on the first floor of the Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) wing, provides care to approximately 3,300 women and their families during their birthing experience, making it an increasingly popular choice for parents in our community. The centre features rooms and other care areas that are bright and spacious, and the interprofessional team of physicians, nursing staff, midwives and other birthing and healthcare professionals is always ready to support growing families.

Obstetrics referral request form

Parenting classes

Visit our childbirth and parenting classes page for class details.


Preparing for the arrival of your baby

Download our guide of things to bring to the hospital. 

Virtual tours

Tour our Family Birthing Centre

Tour our NICU facilities

Tour one of our birthing rooms

Tour our C-section facilities

The videos on this page highlight your birthing options at St. Joe’s. Below you’ll learn more about your options – including having a midwife, family physician or obstetrician-gynecologist deliver your baby. We also have patient testimonials about these various care providers to help you determine the best fit for you and your growing family.

Birthing option: midwife

Thinking about using a midwife for the birth of your child? Watch this video to hear from one of our midwives about this birthing option:

Heather’s experience using a midwife

Heather chose a midwife during her pregnancy. Hear about her experience using this birthing method at St. Joe’s:

Contact a midwife

There are currently two midwifery practices with privileges at St. Joe’s: Midwife Alliance and Kensington Midwives. For more information on midwifery in Ontario contact the Association of Ontario Midwives at

Midwife Alliance
166 The Queensway, Etobicoke, M8Y 1J2
Phone: 416-534-9161
Fax: 416-531-3981

Kensington Midwives
450-340 College St. Toronto, M5T 3A9
Phone: 416-928-9777
Fax: 416-928-9646

Family Physician

Thinking about using a family physician for the birth of your child? Watch this video to hear from one of our family physicians about this birthing option:

Lindsay’s experience using a family physician

Lindsay chose a family physician during her pregnancy. Hear about her experience using this birthing method at St. Joe’s:

Contact a Family Physician

Birthing option: obstetrician gynecologist (OB-GYN)

Thinking about using an OB-GYN for the birth of your child? Watch this video to hear from one of our obstetrician gynecologists about this birthing option:

Amy’s experience using an OB-GYN

Amy chose to use an OB-GYN during her pregnancy. Hear about her experience using this birthing method at St. Joe’s:

Contact an obstetrician gynecologist

Our prenatal and postnatal programs support pregnant women, new mothers, new fathers, siblings and parents.

There are a wide range of classes and workshops to meet your needs. The childbirth and parenting services include prenatal instructors who are registered nurses with a special expertise in prenatal and postnatal care.

For our pre-admission form and information on what to bring with giving birth please see the Family Birthing Centre.

All of our programs are open to everyone, whether they are having their baby at St. Joseph’s Health Centre or not.

Please register four weeks prior to start date of the course you wish to attend. Spaces fill up quickly!

VBAC Workshop

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarian Section) workshop
This is an information session that will facilitate decision making, as to whether VBAC is the right choice for you. The decision to have a VBAC should be made in conjunction with your health Care provider.

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

Registration: To register, please call 416-530-6191.

Childbirth Preparation Classes (5 week course)

This five week course will help prepare you for labour and birth and the postnatal period. Through active participation and group discussion, breastfeeding, the normal newborn will be discussed. Various labour coping techniques (breathing and relaxation) will be demonstrated. A tour of our Family Birthing Centre is included. Classes run one night per week for five consecutive weeks.

Upcoming dates and times:

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $130 per couple

Registration: Registration form for childbirth preparation classes

Prenatal Classes - mini-series (9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

We have condensed elements from our regular six-class series in order to accommodate those women who are unable to commit to a full six-week evening program. This mini-series focuses on birthing and includes a video on birth and a tour of our Family Birthing Centre. Other topics touched on include new mother and baby care, as well as practical demonstrations of breathing and relaxation techniques. We strongly recommend the Breastfeeding for Baby and Newborn Care Workshops outlined below.

Upcoming dates and times:

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 – FULL
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017- FULL
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – FULL
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 – FULL
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fee: $80 with support person

Registration: Registration form for prenatal classes (mini-series, breastfeeding, prenatal newborn care)

Breastfeeding for Baby

This class presents information you need to make an informed choice about how to feed your baby. Each class is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This program is recommended only for parents enrolled in the mini-series (see above).

Discussions include:

  • The importance of breastfeeding
  • The unique qualities of breast milk
  • Understanding how breast milk is made
  • Getting off to a good start: The first week
  • Getting a latch that works for mom and baby
  • How to know baby is thriving on breast milk
  • Avoiding and overcoming common challenges
  • When and where to get help
  • Support from others who value breastfeeding: Dads, grandparents and friends

Upcoming dates and times:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 12-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 12-2 p.m.

Fee: $20/person, $25/couple

RegistrationRegistration form for prenatal classes (mini-series, breastfeeding, prenatal newborn care)

Prenatal Newborn Care Workshop

This 2.5 hour workshop will teach you about:

  • Baby’s first weeks
  • Getting to know your baby
  • Soothing a crying baby
  • Baby safety
  • Sleep and SIDS
  • Where to get help
  • Resources

Saturday workshops run from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Evening programs run from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This program is recommended only for parents enrolled in the mini-series (see above).

Upcoming dates and times:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 9-11:30 a.m.- FULL
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9-11:30 a.m.

Fee: $20/person, $25/mom and support person

Registration: Registration form for prenatal classes (mini-series, breastfeeding, prenatal newborn care)

New Mothers Group

This group is open to first-time mothers with babies six weeks to three months of age. This is an opportunity for mothers to connect with other new mothers and discuss newborn issues. This class will be facilitated by a registered nurse. The class runs from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

To register for this class please call childbirth and parenting services at 416-530-6331.

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 – Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 – Thursday, March 2, 2017 (class runs from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.)

Free Dads Only Workshop

This is an informal class, facilitated by a dad. It is an information session that will give dads an opportunity to talk to other fathers about how to prepare for the birth of the baby and helpful tips to ease the transition of the new baby to the family.

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: 30 Sunny Side Avenue – Classroom 5

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23
  • Thursday, April 27
  • Thursday, June 22
  • Thursday, Sept. 28
  • Thursday, Nov. 30

No registration required

Free Prenatal Tour

Please call (416) 530-6367 for dates and times offered. If you are currently registered for a St. Joseph’s prenatal class, a tour is already included.

Breastfeeding Supports

We offer inpatient breastfeeding support and follow-up by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. For outpatient breastfeeding support, please visit the following resources:

  • Pain management options for labour and delivery
  • Toronto Centre for Substance Abuse in Pregnancy (T-Cup)
  • Perinatal bereavement
    The Family Birthing Centre and the Health Centre’s Spiritual and Religious Care department hold an annual interfaith baby memorial service the first Wednesday in June. This special ceremony is held for families who wish to honour their infants who have died during the past year. This annual service is held in the Health Centre’s Chapel, located on the second floor of the Morrow wing.
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