Services to Pregnant Women

Pregnancy and childbirth care

Are you pregnant and looking for a midwife, family physician, or obstetrician-gynecologist to follow your pregnancy and help you deliver? Many of our professionals are taking new patients.

See the list of professionals who provide pregnancy and childbirth care at our Montréal West Island IUHSSC facilities.

Hospital Birthing Centres

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The Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre is one of the largest birthing centres in Quebec, with close to 9200 babies delivered each year in 4 facilities:

Our philosophy is based on family- and newborn-centered care by a multidisciplinary team providing quality service in line with best practices. Teaching and research are fundamental to our program.

Various evidence-based programs are implemented on our units, such as Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB) national obstetrics initiative promoting patient safety and quality care. Moreover, our patients can participate in the Hema-Québec Public Cord Blood Bank. 

We support the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) and develop strategies supporting breastfeeding in all of our centres. The Community Birthing Centre, our 4 CLSCs (Lac-Saint-Louis, Pierrefonds, Dorval-Lachine, and LaSalle), and
St. Mary’s Hospital Center are all certified under the Baby Friendly Initiative, while Lakeshore General Hospital and Hôpital de LaSalle are working toward obtaining certification. 

Breastfeeding Information


St. Mary’s Hospital Center

St. Mary’s Hospital Center is the first hospital in Montréal to have received the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recognition of Baby Friendly Hospital Status by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. It is well-known for its Maternal Child/Care Program. With more than 4000 deliveries per year, it is one of the largest birthing centres on the island of Montréal.

Visit the hospital 

If you wish to attend an information session on services provided at childbirth or to visit the maternity ward, please make an appointment by calling: 514-734-2674 (admission office). Take a virtual tour of St. Mary's Hospital birthing centre by clicking here.

We will be pleased to welcome you to one of our prenatal information sessions.

Birth plan 

Some families prefer to have a birth plan to help them prepare for the arrival of their newborn child. The Birth Unit recommends filling out a form (available at the visit), which describes our care philosophy and allows you to express any particular request you may have. Please take the time to discuss this with your physician.  

Outpatient Clinics

The Women’s Clinic is located in Hayes Pavilion, at 3777 rue Jean-Brillant.

To make an initial appointment, please fax your medical referral to 514 734-2763. We will be pleased to review your request with a physician. We will call you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

  • High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic
  • NST Clinic
  • Second-Line Breastfeeding Clinic
  • Circumcision Clinic 
  • Gynecology Clinic
  • Colposcopy Clinic
  • Urogynecology Clinic

Documents 


Hôpital de LaSalle

Hôpital de LaSalle’s birth unit—Unité familiale des naissances (UFN)—delivers close to 3600 babies a year. Thanks to a concept combining labour, delivery, recovery, and postpartum, families keep the same room throughout their stay.

Hospital visit 

Form - Prenatal visit at Hôpital de LaSalle

Birth plan 

Some families prefer to have a birth plan to help them prepare for the arrival of their newborn child. The UFN recommends filling out the form (available at the visit), which describes our care philosophy and allows you to express any particular request you may have. Please take the time to discuss this with your physician.  

Outpatient Clinics 

  • High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic
  • Breastfeeding Clinic with services provided by physicians and IBCLCs (lactation consultants)
  • Pediatrics Clinic

Lakeshore General Hospital

Lakeshore General Hospital delivers close to 1200 newborn babies each year. The maternity ward is located on the second floor. All rooms are private.

Three family physicians have recently joined the Lakeshore General Hospital’s birthing centre team. Consult the services they offer.

Outpatient Clinics

  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic
  • Pediatrics Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic

Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre

Located on the 3rd floor of the CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis, the Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre is equipped with 4 cheerful birthing rooms and a fully equipped kitchen, and offers a cozy living environment, all of which create a very homey atmosphere. Since 1994, midwives from the Community Birthing Centre have helped deliver more than 5 000 babies. It’s the ideal place for a natural and empowering childbirth experience. The Centre fosters women’s autonomy and that of their families in a relationship of mutual trust.

Services provided

  • Complete follow up with an assigned midwife, from the beginning of pregnancy to 6 weeks after delivery
  • Complementary examinations
  • Prenatal group meetings
  • 3 birth locations to choose from: at home, at the Centre, or in hospital
  • Water birth is also available
  • Postnatal visit at home

All services are covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

 

Whatch the Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre video!

 

Midwifery

Midwives are members of the Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec, the provincial association of midwives. They are health professionals who consider pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-natal period as healthy and normal events.

The continuous, comprehensive monitoring they provide to mothers takes the physical, psychological, and social aspects of giving birth into account.

Midwives hold a 4 ½ year Bachelor's degree from the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières. The degree is offered since 1999, year of the legalization of the profession. Midwives receive ongoing training in obstetric emergencies and in advanced neonatal reanimation.

Midwives work in cooperation with medical teams for consultations during pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-natal period, if necessary.

They work with community partners and provide reference to community resources.

Information Sessions

Are you thinking of using the services of a midwife for the birth of your child? Do you want to learn more about the work these professionals do? Would you like to visit our facility? Come see us! Our information sessions are open to everyone. These sessions last two hours, and include:

  • An overview of our services;
  • A presentation of each step of our follow-up, from the beginning of pregnancy to after the delivery;
  • A visit of the facility;
  • A Q&A period.
  • A Q&A period.

Coffee and tea will also be served.

 

Date Time Location
April 13, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
Mai 05, 2019 **International Day of the Midwife 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
June 08, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
July 13, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
August 17, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
September 21, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
October 19, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor
November 23, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre, 3rd floor

Call us for more information.

For information

Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre
180, avenue Cartier
Pointe-Claire (Québec) 
Phone: 514-697-1199 
Fax: 514-697-1616 

For more information, read the Maison de naissance du Lac-Saint-Louis Birth Centre flyer.

Prenatal Sessions

Prenatal Sessions are designed to help expectant parents prepare for the pregnancy and the birth of their child. These interactive sessions are facilitated by a nurse and a nutritionist.

The main topics discussed include:

  • Nutrition for expectant mothers and their baby
  • Labour
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding workshop
  • Infant care
  • Meeting for fathers-to-be (CLSC du Lac-St-Louis and Pierrefonds)

Sessions are offered in French or English, in the evening.

Prenatal Program - You are expecting a baby!

Location

On-line Registration

To register, please fill out the form and send it to the appropriate email address:

CLSC de Dorval-Lachine or CLSC de LaSalle: coursprenataux.dll@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis or CLSC de Pierrefonds: coursprenataux.odi@ssss.gouv.qc.ca 

Registration by phone

You may also register by calling:

CLSC de Dorval-Lachine or CLSC de LaSalle: 514-639-0650, extension 80249
CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis or CLSC de Pierrefonds: 514-626-2572, extension 3802

Breastfeeding - Instructional Video

Although most pregnant women view breastfeeding as a simple and natural process, they are not always prepared to face difficulties they may encounter while breastfeeding their newborn child. 

This bilingual educational video was produced by the Montréal West Island IUHSSC’s Youth Directorate to better inform mothers and better prepare them for the possible challenges of breastfeeding,  

The video includes hear stories from mothers who have had concerns or difficulties while breastfeeding and how they have overcome them. The video also includes expert opinions and other informative features. 

View the video. 

OLO-ISPEC Programs

OLO Program (egg, milk, orange/œuf, lait, orange)

The OLO Program is for pregnant women as well as new mothers presenting specific problems and living in difficult socio-economic conditions. The program provides eggs, milk and orange juice as well as vitamins and mineral supplements during their pregnancy. The women are monitored by a nutritionist, a nurse, or a social worker, as required. The program ends after the birth of the child. Certain eligibility conditions apply. 

ISPEC Program (Integrated Services in Perinatality and Early Childhood) 

The ISPEC Program is intended for women living under the low-income cutoff who have not completed high school. The program aims to:

  • Contribute to the development of children in a suitable environment to help them get ready to start school.  
  • Maximize the potential health and well-being of families and improve their living conditions.
  • Follow-up is carried out by an interdisciplinary team—made up of nurses, social workers, nutritionists, psycho-educators, and visiting homemakers—through home visits.


To apply for the OLO-ISPEC Program: 

CLSC de Dorval-Lachine: 514-639-0650, extension 80249
CLSC de LaSalle: 514-364-2572, extension 22200
CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis: 514-626-2572, extension 3802
CLSC de Pierrefonds: 514-626-2572, extension 3802