Having a Baby


Having a baby is exciting, but you may feel like you have a lot to learn about pregnancy and childbirth. There are many services, organizations and resources that can help you during this time of life.

Doctors and Obstetricians

You may want to see a doctor before your pregnancy or once you know that you are pregnant. A doctor can tell you how to take care of yourself and your baby. Your doctor can also refer you to an obstetrician. An obstetrician is a type of doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.


A midwife is a registered health care professional who provides care to women during their pregnancy. Midwives are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

A midwife will give care during early pregnancy, labour, birth and post-birth. Midwives are able to admit patients to the hospital. A midwife cannot deliver a baby if you have a high-risk pregnancy.

The cost of midwife services is covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Ontario Midwives has information on midwives and midwifery care.

This map will show you the location of different midwives across Ontario.

Midwives of Windsor and the Midwifery Collective of Essex County provide local midwife care.

The Healthy Pregnancy Guide

The Public Health Agency of Canada has The Healthy Pregnancy Guide available online that has information to help you take care of yourself before, during and after pregnancy.

Le guide est aussi offert en français sous le titre de Le Guide pratique d’une grossesse en santé.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has information on their website to help you before, during and after having a baby. On their website, you will learn more about different classes and clinics you can take during your pregnancy.

Building Blocks for Better Babies

The mission of Building Blocks for Better Babies is to assist pregnant women in Windsor-Essex County to have healthy babies through nutrition support and health information. They offer free weekly classes,  health education, and other services