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.
- Things to bring to the hospital
- Please note: At this time the Pre-Registration form is no longer required. The registration process will be initiated and completed when you are admitted to the unit.
- Obstetrics referral request form for physicians
- Parking, directions and hours
- Floor plan of Our Lady of Mercy wing
- Family Birthing Centre video tour
- Contact a family physician — the St. Joseph’s Primary Care Obstetrics team
- Contact an obstetrician gynecologist
- Patient and family resource library
- Pain management options for labour and delivery
Preparing for the arrival of your baby
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. Joseph’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: 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:
Learn about the St. Joseph’s Primary Care Obstetrics team. Watch the video below to hear from one of your 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. Joseph’s:
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. Joseph’s:
Contact a midwife
There are currently two midwifery practices with privileges at St. Joseph’s: Midwife Alliance and Kensington Midwives. For more information on midwifery in Ontario contact the Association of Ontario Midwives at www.aom.on.ca
For questions about St. Joseph’s Birthing Centre practices, please contact Laura Samaras at 416-530-6191.
Childbirth Preparation Class (4 week course)
The four week prenatal class will help prepare you for the physical and emotional aspects of labour, birth, breastfeeding and newborn care. Classes will be once a week for four consecutive weeks with 2.5 hours per class. All classes will be offered online, live sessions, through Zoom.
Upcoming dates and times:
- Tuesdays, April 27 – May 18, 2021 – 6 – 8:30 pm – FULL
- Wednesdays, April 28 – May 19, 2021 – 6 – 8:30 pm – FULL
- Tuesdays, June 8 – June 29, 2021 – 6 – 8:30 pm
- Wednesdays, June 9 – June 30, 2021 – 6 – 8:30 pm
- Tuesdays, July 27 – August 24, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Wednesdays, July 28 – August 25, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Tuesdays, September 14 – October 12, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Wednesdays, September 15 – October 13, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Tuesdays, October 26 – November 23, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Wednesdays, October 27 – November 24, 2021 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Tuesdays, January 11 – February 8, 2022 – 6 – 8:15 pm
- Wednesdays, January 12 – February 9, 2022 – 6 – 8:15 pm
Registration: Registration form for childbirth preparation classes
New Moms Group
This group is open to first-time mothers with babies three weeks to four 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 to 11 a.m.
To register for this class please email childbirth and parenting services at Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursdays, April 1 – 15, 2021
- Pain management options for labour and delivery
- Perineal massage in pregnancy
- Positions for labouring out of bed
- Toronto Centre for Substance Abuse in Pregnancy (T-Cup)
- Information on Childbirth
- Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Resources Booklet
- Perinatal bereavement
The Family Birthing Centre and the Health Centre’s Spiritual and Religious Care department hold an annual interfaith baby memorial service the third Thursday in October. 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.
- Inside your Body: Labor & Birth (2.20 minutes)
- Natural Live Birth (5.42 minutes)
- Live Birth: Induction (5.17 minutes)
- Live Birth-Epidural –no nudity (7.48 minutes)
- Preparing for Successful Breastfeeding (15.25 minute video)
- Postpartum Care: How to take care of yourself after having a Baby (6 minute video)
- Caring for your Newborn (7 minute video)
The problem with rigid baby care and parenting books (Research findings of Dr. Amy Brown):
Benefits of Skin-to-Skin
Newborn Hunger Cues
Baby just nibbling:
Really good drinking: