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Pregnancy & Parenting

SHORE Centre is a pro-choice organization that supports your choices in all situations. Our Pregnancy Options Program offers safe, confidential, non-directed and non-judgemental information and support for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. We treat everyone who comes to SHORE Centre as an individual. There is no “one size fits all” approach to making reproductive health decisions. We will support you no matter what you decide.

Our Empowering Pregnancy program is a piece of our Pregnancy Options Program. Empowering Pregnancy provides people who choose to continue their pregnancy with direct support for up to one year after they give birth. Based on your needs and priorities, SHORE’s Empowering Pregnancy team will walk alongside you, providing emotional and practical supports while navigating the unforeseen circumstances that come from having an unplanned pregnancy.

Unsure if the Empowering Pregnancy program is a good fit for you? Contact outreach@shorecentre.ca

If you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant, you can pick up free prenatal vitamins at SHORE Centre.

Primary Care Options

People who choose to continue their pregnancies will often start by considering their prenatal care options. Depending on your individual circumstances, you might go see a midwife, family doctor, or OB/GYN for your primary care throughout your pregnancy. Here are some important differences between these options to help you decide:

Family Doctor

  • General medical professional who provides care to all people
  • Appointments are usually between 10 and 15 minutes
  • Do not always deliver babies, they may refer you to either a midwife or an obstetrician
  • Only attend births at a hospital
  • If a complication arises at any stage of your pregnancy an obstetrician may be called in for a consultation and support
  • Costs are fully covered if you have Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP)

Midwife

  • Specialist in normal, low-risk pregnancies
  • Appointments are 30-45 minutes long
  • Your labour and delivery will be attended by a midwife known to you
  • Can attend births at hospitals, birth centres or at your home
  • If a complication arises at any stage of your pregnancy an obstetrician may be called in for a consultation and support
  • Do home visits with you and your baby until six weeks after you deliver
  • Funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term care, free to clients without OHIP coverage
  • Without OHIP, lab testing, ultrasound, consultants and some hospital fees are not covered

Obstetrician

  • Specialist that has particular expertise in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Appointments are often 10 minutes or less
  • Provides all your prenatal and postpartum appointments
  • Often work in teams, sharing their on-call time
  • The obstetrician that attends your delivery may or may not be known to you
  • Only attend births at the hospital
  • Costs are fully covered if you have Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP)
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