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Use our "Virtual Information Desk", accessible at the top of any page on our website by clicking on this Visitor Information Panel icon icon, to help answer common questions or help you find your way before and during your hospital visit.

Of course, you can visit our onsite main Information Desk located at the Melnyk Entrance (off of the Queensway) which is open from 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 9pm Weekends and Holidays. Feel free to call us at 416-530-6000.

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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. 
Pain management options for labour and delivery

Virtual tours

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:

Contact an obstetrician gynecologist

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

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

*** Due to an increased demand for classes, we have added a number of breastfeeding and newborn workshops. For additional prenatal classes, we recommend checking out parenting programs offered by Toronto Public Health. ***

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

Things to bring to the hospital

All of our programs are open to everyone, whether they are having their baby at St. Joseph’s Health Centre or not. Please register by filling out the form associated with the class and mailing the form and cheque. We do not have online registration at this time.

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

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 and newborn care 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 weeks.

Upcoming dates and times:

  • Monday, October 28, 2019 – Monday, November 25, 2019 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – FULL
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Thursday, November 28, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FULL
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 – Monday, February 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.>
  • Fee: $130 per couple

    Registration: Registration form for childbirth preparation classes

    Prenatal Classes - Mini-Series (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

    We have condensed elements of our 5 week regular series in order to accommodate parents who are unable to commit to the regular series. The mini series focuses on birth, breathing techniques and comfort positions, as well as a tour of the Family Birthing Centre. Other topics include new mother and baby care, and breastfeeding. The Newborn and Breastfeeding Workshops are recommended for more detailed information.

    Upcoming dates and times:

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019 – FULL
    • Sunday, October 27, 2019 – FULL
    • Saturday, November 2, 2019 – FULL
    • Sunday, November 3, 2019 – FULL
    • Sunday, November 24, 2019 – FULL
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • Saturday, January 4, 2020

    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.

    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, October 26, 2019 – 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – FULL
    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 12 p.m. – 2:30 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 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

    Upcoming dates and times:

    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – FULL
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 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 four 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.

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

    Upcoming dates:

    • Monday, October 28, 2019 – Monday, November 18, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    VBAC Workshop

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

    Upcoming dates:

    • Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Please call to register: 416-530-6191

    Epidurals for Labour & Delivery

    An informal class taught by an anesthesiologist. Come hear the pros & cons of getting an epidural for your labour.

    Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Conference Dining Room 1B-240

    Upcoming dates:

    • No classes at this time/li>

    No fee. No registration required

    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 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Location: Classroom #5, Sunnyside Building main floor

    Upcoming dates:

    • Thursday, November 28, 2019

    Please check the day of the class to make sure the class had not been rescheduled.
    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:

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