Doula , Educator, Village Wyse Womyn

Beth Murch

Providing Waterloo Region With Experienced, Nurturing, Good-Humoured Doula Care

Community Resources

We all need help from time to time. It can be difficult to find what you need when you are feeling overwhelmed. Here are some Waterloo Region community resources that can help you along your way. I've also included some businesses that I have experience with that I feel might be useful for expectant families and new parents. If you have any suggestions for additions that I can include here or if you find a broken link, please send me an e-mail at


Grand River Hospital's Childbirth Services (D Wing, 4th Floor)
Main switchboard: 519-742-3611
Automated attendant: 519-749-4300

Cambridge Memorial Hospital's Childbirth Care
Main phone line: 519-621-2330
Automated operator: 519-621-2333

Midwifery Care Providers

Cambridge Midwives
(519) 624-9708

Born Midwives
(519) 267-7266

Kitchener-Waterloo Midwifery Associates
(519) 569-8679

Genesis Midwives
(519) 568-8282

Blue Heron Midwives
(519) 954-0300

St. Jacobs Midwives

Canadian Association of Midwives

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories. CAM promotes the development of the profession in the public interest and contributes the midwifery perspective to the national health policy agenda.


A list of all the OB/GYNs practicing in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge can be found at:

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
The SOGC produces national clinical guidelines for both public and medical education on important women’s health issues.
(800) 561-2416 or (613) 730-4192

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The mission of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons is to improve the health and care of Canadians by leading in medical education, professional standards, physician competence and continuous enhancement of the health system.
613-730-8177 or 1-800-668-3740

Rate My MD is a free, non-biased, anonymous database of Canadian doctor and midwife ratings and real patient testimonials. Sometimes, reading the anecdotal experiences of others can help reduce the anxiety that may arise in meeting a new care provider.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support Resources

Breastfeeding is natural - but that doesn't mean that it is easy! Don't be shy about asking for help!

Breastfeeding Support Services at Grand River Hospital
Breastfeeding support in-person or via telephone for patients who delivered at Grand River Hospital. Call for more information and for an appointment. This service is covered by OHIP.

Cambridge Paediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic
Book an in-person appointment with a Lactation Consultant. A referral from your doctor or midwife is required. This service is covered by OHIP.

Public Health Breastfeeding Support
Free telephone support from a Public Health Nurse related to the health of your child including breastfeeding support. Leave a message on the Healthy Children Info Line and a Public Health Nurse will call you with information about the services available to you.

Two Rivers Family Health Team Lactation Consultant
In-person appointment with a Lactation Consultant available for patients of the Two Rivers Family Health Team in Cambridge. Covered by OHIP.
519-629-4615 ext. 271

Breastfeeding Buddies
Get matched with a trained volunteer who has breastfed. Free one-to-one phone support and community sites.

La Leche League
Free group meetings or telephone help that provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. Accredited Leaders lead discussions where mothers receive breastfeeding information and support in their role as a breastfeeding parent.
519-579-3800 -or- 1-800-665-4324

Private Lactation Consultant Services
In-Person support from a Lactation Consultant. Call the Healthy Children Info Line for an up-to-date list of Lactation Consultants in Waterloo Region. Each Lactation Consultant's fees vary.519-883-2245 (leave a message)

Breastfeeding Inc. 
World-renowned lactation expert Dr. Jack Newman has a Toronto-based clinic, where you can go to receive hands-on breastfeeding/chestfeeding support from the expert himself. His website is full of videos and handouts that are essential to learning about breastfeeding.

Birthing and Breastfeeding Transmen Facebook Group
Online pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding support for Trans* men, their families and their allies. A very useful and informative group!

Human Milk 4 Human Babies: Informed Milk Sharing Network
Wet-nursing and other forms of human milksharing have existed across all human cultures and throughout history. In today?s world, with breastfeeding rates extremely low in most parts of the world and aggressive infant formula marketing campaigns, we are losing the tradition of milksharing. HM4HB allows families in need of breastmilk to connet with people with a surplus.

Milk Junkies: Breastfeeding and Parenting From a Transgender Perspective
Trevor McDonald, the author of this amazing blog, discusses perinatal issues, including chestfeeding, from his own experience as a trans* man. This website is invaluable both for families and for care providers looking to provide inclusive care.

My Breastfeeding Guide
This online guide written by breastfeeding expert Teresa Pitman and issued by Best Start is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about breastfeeding and trouble-shooting breastfeeding issues. The language is very accessible and the pictures are very helpful. A free read that you will return to again and again.

Pregnancy, Birthing, & Chestfeeding: An Illustrated Guidebook With Gender Non-Conforming Models of Colour
This book by Miyuki Baker is available online for free. It shows people across the gender spectrum nursing their babies.

The best start to a healthy breastfeeding/chestfeeding relationship is to have your baby skin-to-skin with you after the birth. Babies can often latch on by themselves, if you give them a chance.

Postpartum Mood Disorders

If you or someone you love is feeling depressed and overwhelmed after the birth of a baby and are expressing thoughts of suicide, harming themselves or their children) and/or experiencing hallucinations, immediately contact your healthcare provider, your local hospital's emergency room, your local crisis intervention team, or call 9-1-1.

Mood Disorders Association
519-884-5455 Monday - Thursday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
24 Hour Crisis Line 519 744-1813 -or- 1-866-366-4566

Best Start
416-408-2249 ext-2336 -or- 1-800-397-9567

Birth Trauma & Perinatal Loss

Sometimes, what is supposed to be the happiest time of your life is, in fact, the most heartbreaking. Please do not be afraid to seek out those who can help you, like the resources listed below. I have extensive experience working with families who have been touched by trauma and/or are expecting to say hello and goodbye to their babies at the same time - if you feel that having a doula would be of benefit to you, please contact me:

Birth Trauma Ontario
The mission of Birth Trauma Ontario is to provide a supportive environment for the sharing of stories, the processing of wounds and the exchanging of ideas for recovery so that each woman can emerge into the fullness of who she is meant to be.

Bereaved Families of Ontario Midwestern Region
Bereaved Families of Ontario provides compassionate non-denominational mutual aid support for families and individuals who have lost a significant person to death. Through their affiliates, they offer support after the loss of an infant, a child, an adult child, a parent, a brother or a sister, an adult sibling, a grandchild or a spouse. Their affiliates also support parents, guardians or family members helping a child grieve. As well, they support the unique circumstances faced by survivors of violent death, survivors of completed suicide, and families seeking pregnancy after loss.
Rose Greensides:

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Professional photographers who volunteer their services so that families experiencing the loss of a pregnancy, baby, or child can have beautiful, respectful photographs to treasure.
A list of photographers serving Waterloo Region and beyond can be found here:

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope: Putting a Face on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss
This community exists so that grieving parents have the opportunity to see the faces and read the stories of others who have lost their babies. At the end of many of the stories here, contact information is listed for the writer, and readers are encouraged to reach out to these women for help.

Choosing Thomas - the story of a family whose baby was born with Trisomy 13, a disorder incompatible with life.

Todd and Angie Smith Family Story - the story of a family whose baby was born with a terminal illness (Note: this was filmed for a Christian show, so it contains Christian imagery. I posted this for the story, the hope, the beauty, and the tears and not for the faith content. I feel that regardless of your religious (un)affiliation, this video is helpful)

A Heartbreaking Choice
This website supports women who have made the "Heartbreaking Choice" to terminate a much wanted pregnancy. For those who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to a poor prenatal diagnosis, problems with their own health, or for the health of another fetus (selective reduction).

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivor Resources

Women and Trans* people and their children are especially vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual assault. You have the right to live without fear. No one deserves abuse - EVER.

Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
The Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre has nurses and social workers on their team to care for your medical concerns, support your emotional needs and to assist you in planning for your safety.
St. Mary's General Hospital

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCWR)
519.571.0121 - or - 24 Hour Crisis & Support Line (you may remain anonymous) 519.741.8633

Food, Shelter, & Health Help

Sources of Emergency and Low-Cost Food
A comprehensive list of hamper programs, community meals, and local discount food sources in Waterloo Region is available at this URL.

Emergency Shelter Programs in Waterloo Region
A thorough brochure describing the list of residential programs for families with no fixed address, including "Out of the Cold" program details.

Women's Health Matters
A trusted source of information, news and research findings on women's health.

Motherisk counsellors talk to hundreds of women and their healthcare providers each day providing guidance, support and peace of mind regarding the effects of medications, herbal remedies, and non-medicinal drug use on pregnancy and breastfeeding. This website is invaluable and a tremendous resource! If you don't find the information you are looking for on the website, try calling one of their Helplines. Motherisk counsellors are available Monday-Friday, from 9AM to 5PM, EST.
1-877-327-4636 Alcohol and Substance
1-800-436-8477 Morning Sickness
1-888-246-5840 HIV and HIV Treatment
1-877-439-2744 Motherisk Helpline
416-813-6780 Motherisk Helpline

Region of Waterloo Public Health
Find a doctor, dentist or walk-in clinic, learn about immunization, locate local hospitals, take care of your sexual health, access breastfeeding resources, and much more!

Alcontrol & Moving Forward Program (Kitchener)
Alcontrol is a 4-10 week, 9-bed residential treatment program for adult women who are concerned about their alcohol and/or drug use. The program is housed in newly renovated centre, conveniently located in the heart of Kitchener. A day program called Moving Forward provides individual, group counselling as well as residential treatment for women who are pregnant and/or parenting children under 6, and who are concerned with their substance use.

Canadian Harm Reduction Network
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies. The term "harm reduction" refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities. Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.
Finally, Harm Reduction ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.

Complimentary Businesses

Revolutionary Doula Training
Are you interested in becoming a doula and helping families welcome their babies into the world? Revolutionary Doula Training is *the* doula training entirely designed by Beth Murch, and provides provocative, distinctive, high-caliber in Waterloo Region (Kitchener; Waterloo; and Cambridge; Ontario, Canada).
Revolutionary Doula Training
Revolutionary Doula Training on Facebook

Guelph Community Acupuncture
This amazing clinic offers acupuncture on a sliding scale basis, which allows anyone needing loving, safe, professional acupuncture can access it.

(519) 829-3000

Bear Bottoms Diaper Service - the joys of cloth diapering without the fuss or muss!

Bailey's Local Foods
Bailey's is a buying club for households interested in supporting local farmers and artisans. There is an online ordering form which allows you to select from a wide range of available products - from veggies, fruits, eggs, cheese, meats, yogurt, nuts, popcorn, chocolate bars and more!

Cafe Pyrus
I like to joke that Cafe Pyrus is my office because I am there so often! A 100% independent business, this great little restaurant serves up the tastiest food ever...and just happens to be vegan/vegetarian. All ingredients are fair trade and organic, local whenever possible, and just plain delicious. The coffee is pretty delish. The staff are as kind as can be. Cafe Pyrus is family-friendly, and supportive of breastfeeding - not just because it is the law, but because they legit care about breastfeeding people. Conveniently located on Charles Street in Kitchener, right across from the bus terminal.

Sacred Pregnancy Waterloo Region
My soul sister Michelle runs an amazing class that allows women to connect with their pregnancies in meaningful and personal ways.This dynamic course is so much more special than your average prenatal class!

The Rock Spa Salt Retreat and Massages
The Rock Spa offers a wide range of alternative therapies (deep tissue/Swedish/hot stone massage, yoga, reflexology, Reiki, meditation, crystal beds), the most famous of which is their halotherapy chamber - a cavern made out of salt! I know from first hand experience that the salt room provides serious relief from respiratory issues. Check out The Rock Spa's awesome gift shop, with all the beautiful stones and crystals you could ever dream of!

Tara Stratton Sleep & Parenting Consultant
Tara provides a wide range of services including: prenatal classes, pediatric sleep consultations, parenting consultations, and a wide variety of workshops.

Heavenly Hands Doula Service & Nurture By Massage
Anita's goal is to provide families with the best physical and emotional support as they welcome their newest addition into their lives. She strives to teach all caregivers about the benefits of infant massage and the techniques that they can use to facilitate a rewarding bonding experience with their baby.Heavenly Hands Doula Service and Nurture By Massage