Winnipeg Resources for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Building relationships with a variety of professionals and support options is how new parents can build their village or community of support. They are places and people that can be called on for help with different questions or concerns that come up for new and growing families. I regularly refer clients to local community groups, professionals and other available supports. This is a curated list of some of the best resources in Winnipeg, and I’ve worked with most of them either professionally or personally.
Wearing your baby can be a life saver in the early months and years by freeing up your hands while soothing your baby. If your baby likes to be held, and you want to eat lunch, reply to emails, or get a start on cooking dinner babywearing might be just the thing to help you get it done!
The Winnipeg Babywearers host 2 free meetings per month, one that focuses on buckle style carriers and another that focuses on woven wraps. At each meeting there is a library of different brands and styles of carriers for caregivers to try out while receiving hands on help to get the optimal sizing and fit for you and your little one. Carriers and wraps can be borrowed at a fee of $5 per month.
Getting the right type of timely breastfeeding support can really make or break a breastfeeding relationship, and can help breastfeeding parents to avoid unnecessary pain and hardship. There are a few different options available in Winnipeg, in addition to a home visit from a Breastfeeding Educator.
BREASTFEEDING HOTLINE AT WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
On call free breastfeeding support 24 hours, 7 days per week.
WINNIPEG REGIONAL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS (WRHA)
Many locations will also provide one on one appointments before the group session begins. Support groups are a great way to get out of the house and meet other moms and babies in your community, and to find solutions to your breastfeeding challenges.
LA LECHE LEAGUE WINNIPEG
La Leche League meetings are a peer support group lead by experienced breastfeeding mothers who have trained through the LLL leader program. There are three meeting times/locations in Winnipeg:
WINNIPEG BREASTFEEDING CENTRE
Prenatal and postnatal breastfeeding education and support.
Donating your excess breastmilk is an amazing thing to do for vulnerable premature babies who are unable to breastfeed or get their own parents milk.
NORTHERNSTAR MOTHERS MILK BANK
The Women’s Health Clinic Birth Centre acts as a drop point for donated breast milk. Donors must apply, pass the screening, and donate a minimum amount of milk to participate. Donated milk is pasteurized and redistributed to local babies who are staying in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Winnipeg.
Chiropractic care can help some expecting parents to coax their baby into a more ideal fetal position in order facilitate a shorter and more comfortable labour. It can also help some babies to recover from birth and be more comfortable breastfeeding on both sides.
FAMILY FIRST CHIROPRACTIC
Specialises in prenatal and infant care.
MOMMY & ME FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC AND MASSAGE
Specialises in maternity and pediatric care.
The choice to cloth diaper isn’t for everyone, but if you are considering it as an option these local resources can be very helpful in figuring out if it is for you, and for troubleshooting help along the way!
CLOTH DIAPERING MANITOBA
This facebook group is a great place to find cheap second hand cloth diapers and accessories, to ask questions, and find more online resources.
We just happen to live in the city where AMP Diapers began and are still manufactured! I don’t want to recommend one brand of cloth diapers over another – I really don’t have experience with that many brands. However, many parents have shared with me how helpful it has been to them to visit the store and get a hands-on consultation or fitting to troubleshoot questions or concerns they are having. They will even help if your AMP diapers weren’t new to you.
Fitness - Prenatal / Postnatal
Staying active is a great way to prepare for labour, recover from birth, and support positive psychological health.
FIT 4 TWO
Fit 4 Two provides a wide variety of class options for prenatal, mom & baby/postpartum, and baby free fitness. It’s a great opportunity to meet other local moms and babies.
Infant & Pre-School Programming
WINNIPEG PUBLIC LIBRARY
The WPL has free programming for parents and infants starting from birth. There are a variety of programs – Baby Rhyme Time, Time for Two’s, Pre-School and Family Story Time.
Massage - Prenatal / Postnatal
Pre and postnatal massage can help your body to feel it’s best given the challenges of carrying a baby for 9 months, recovering from birth, and then breastfeeding and carrying a newborn for and average of 12 hours a day or more.
SOUL HAVEN - ERICA LO
Multiple Birth Groups & Associations
MANITOBA FAMILIES OF MULTIPLES (MBFOM)
MBFOM is a volunteer run non-profit that aims to provide guidance, online & moral support, and meet ups for families of multiples. They also host a few used baby stuff sales that is available to all parents, not just parents of multiples.
CIRCLE OF SECURITY (COS)
COS is a relationship based parenting program that focuses on healthy and secure attachment.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY
As a postpartum doula I feel like I can’t emphasize the importance of pelvic floor health enough. A balanced pelvic floor can help you to an easier birth. Physiotherapy can help to resolve almost any challenges during postpartum pelvic floor recovery. There is no need to suffer from incontinence or pain.
DONNA SARNA PHYSIOTHERAPY - JAMIE ANGUS
PROTA CLINIC - JAMIE WEATON
PERINATAL MOOD AND DEPRESSION
Expecting and new families need emotional and psychological support. This challenge affects so many new families. 80% of birthing parents experience the baby blues, 15-20% of birthing parents experience postpartum depression, 14-26% of partners experience postpartum depression, and 80% of new parents report feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Even without a mental health diagnosis, many families can improve their health and wellness by accessing self help resources and perinatal mental health support.
MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA (MDAM)
MDAM offers free resources such as a peer led course on postpartum depression, support groups for postpartum depression, and other local resouces.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA (PPDAM)
PPDAM is a great free online resource. There is a lot of self help support as well as additional local resources for support and healing from postpartum depression.
WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTHY AUTHORITY
Additional postpartum depression information and local resources.
WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC - COPING WITH CHANGE
Coping With Change is a free support group that occurs in 13 week sessions. You do not need to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety to attend.
http://womenshealthclinic.org/what-we-do/maternalhealth/mothering-support/(make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page)