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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

Family Physician

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:

The St. Joseph’s Primary Care Obstetrics team

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

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff during Covid-19 pandemic, we are now offering prenatal classes live, online, through Zoom.

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

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursdays, April 1 – 15, 2021

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:

Nursing in the first hour

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