“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.” – Gloria Steinem

Montreal Pregnancy and New Parent Resources

Here’s a list of my cream-of-the-crop local recommendations for pregnant moms and new parents. I update it regularly, so check back frequently.

Baby Stuff

Let’s face it: besides your breasts, diapers and bum wipes, a few very-easy-to-change onesies and sleepers, and maybe a baby carrier, your baby really doesn’t need much else. Just in case, though, Montreal has many awesome places to shop for necessities and fun potential registry items, and maybe meet some other parents or parents-to-be while you’re there.

Big but not overwhelming place to find everything from clothing to toys to breast pumps to strollers. [take a look…]

Whenever I want to splurge on an insanely cute outfit for my four-year-old that’s several steps up from my usual Joe’s or used-clothing purchases, I head over to this sweet boutique. La Culotte also offers a cozy corner for parents to hang out and chill with their babies or maybe sit in on one of the several workshops they give monthly. They’ll even make you an espresso, always a giant plus in my book.[have a peek…]

This is your one-stop-shop for all things breastfeeding (plus food…and coffee). [check it out…]

Adorable cloth diapers made in Montreal, sold at an adorable shop in Montreal (and online, in case you don’t feel like leaving the house).[start shopping…]

A very cool eco-friendly cooperative that sells (among many other things) carefully selected baby and parent-care products, the majority of which are from Quebecois companies.[>check it out…]

I’ve been using Öko’s cute (yes, really), Canadian-made reusable panty liners for years. Run by two sisters, Öko also makes nursing pads, multiuse cloths, and soft things for your baby, such as bibs, cloth diaper liners, and bathrobes—all from luscious, natural fabrics.[>start shopping…]

Bodywork

Bodywork can make a giant difference in how you feel during pregnancy, birth, and afterward, and can also help you and your baby with various conditions or imbalances.

My clients rave about Amélie’s osteopathy talents during their pregnancies and postpartum periods. I’m a client of hers myself, and every time I visit her, I walk out of her office feeling lighter, standing taller (incredible, since I’m already 6’1), and breathing easier. If you want, she’ll treat you, your baby, AND your partner (if you have one), since everyone can benefit. In addition, she teaches prenatal yoga. [take a look…]

Books

I can’t overstate the importance of books in my family’s life.

One of the only libraries in Montreal exclusively for kids. [check it out…]

The most charming little (and big) kids’ bookstore ever! [have a peek…]

One of my happiest of all happy places of all time. Yes, I’ll admit that I typically go to find books for myself. But they have a small nook with tiny chairs for little visitors that features some of the most beautiful children’s books published. [take a look…]

Don’t forget to go to your neighbourhood library and sign up for Books for Baby (Une naissance, un livre)! [check it out…]

Breastfeeding Support

Yes, breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. No, that most definitely doesn’t mean it’s always easy. As a birth doula, I can help you get off to a good start. But I’m not a clinician. Fortunately, there’s a lot of compassionate, expert help here in Montreal.

You can call LLL to get in touch with a trained volunteer to help you out. And there are several in-person, volunteer-led meetups in Montreal that you can attend during pregnancy and after your baby arrives. I also highly recommend picking up a copy of their recently updated classic, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. [take a look…]

Another wonderful breastfeeding-support organization, with meetups in Montreal. [check it out…]

If you’re having some big-time nursing challenges, do yourself a favour and contact Jennifer. Right now. Jennifer’s an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, which means she’s a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of lactation. Which means her knowledge of lactation is specialized and runs very deep. Plus, she’s just a warm, kind person. [take a look…]

Hangouts

Sometimes it gets really, really cold in Montreal. And while our many parks and other outdoor spaces can certainly be appealing year-round (even if you’re from California, like me), sometimes you just want to take your baby or kid to a place where you don’t have to worry about getting frost-bitten…or where you can enjoy a nice coffee or two.

A low-tech but huge, fun warehouse with play equipment, where your stir-crazy kids can run around on one of those -30 January Saturdays, and you can chat with the other parents or use the wifi to get caught up on Pinterest. Run by a friendly family with five kids, they’ll also plan an excellent birthday party for your kid (like they did when my daughter turned 6). [have a peek…]

A treasure of a volunteer-run place to build community in Hochelaga (but welcoming of everyone from all neighbourhoods). As a family café, they offer workshops, classes such as yoga, special events, food, and, of course, coffee. [check it out…]

Information

One of the most informative yet entertaining “mommy bloggers” I’ve ever come across, formerly-of-Montreal Maman Loup (aka, Lindsay Gallimore) is big on topics such as cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and babywearing. She has some fabulous giveaways, too. [take a look…]

Photography

If only I could take pictures like Gwylan’s, my Instagram posts would be so much prettier. Gwylan offers a variety of photographic services, including maternity, newborn,  and family storytelling sessions. [check it out…]

Yoga

In one form or other, yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years. Though I was practicing yoga regularly on my own at home when I was pregnant with my first baby in San Francisco, I have such fond memories of the prenatal yoga class I attended once a week in the appropriately named Womb Room at my neighbourhood yoga studio.

Jenny teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, as well as yoga for new parents (take the baby!), yoga for fertility, and lots of other offerings. [take a look…]

“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” – Ani DiFranco

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