Mother Matters Group

Do you feel isolated and alone? Are you struggling with feelings of sadness?

Do you find it hard to control your worries?

Are you struggling with how having a baby has changed your self-identity, your sexuality or your relationships?

Consider joining MOTHER MATTERS an online support group for women with mood /adjustment challenges following the birth of their baby.

Mother Matters is a 10-week online support group run by the Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital. It will take place on a confidential discussion board, giving you the opportunity to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, while learning from and supporting other mothers. Each week a new topic will be explored, relating to issues that commonly emerge during the first year of life with a new baby.

Registration for fall and winter sessions is now open. To see if you are eligible to participate, please complete the online questionnaire. For more information about the program including future session dates, please email to Please no phone calls.

QSY Pregnancy Talk Series

FREE Healthy Pregnancy Talk Series – Sept & Oct 2016 at Queen St Yoga

with Naturopathic Doctor Laura Tummon Simmons

Saturdays at 1:00pm / no registration required

Join Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, QSY’s naturopathic doctor, for a series of informal evidence-based talks centred around some ways to have a healthy, happy, and comfortable pregnancy. Discussions are FREE and will last about 30 minutes starting at 1:00pm (after Prenatal drop-in yoga on Saturdays 11:30am-12:45pm).

Saturday September 17th, 2016, 1pm – Myth Busting Diet and Pregnancy
A look at what nutrients you should be getting for you and your baby, and how to make sure you’re getting enough.
Saturday September 24th, 2016, 1pm – Acupuncture and Pregnancy
An overview of what acupuncture can be used for in pregnancy to help keep you comfortable as well as topics like acupuncture for birth preparation and labour induction.
Saturday October 1st, 2016, 1pm – Nausea, Vomiting, and Reflux in Pregnancy
Very common complaints during both early and late pregnancy, some common tips and tricks will be discussed to help keep you feeling well.
Saturday October 15th, 2016, 1pm – Caring for Yourself after Pregnancy 
Some tips and tricks for making sure you stay comfortable after giving birth.

Everyone is welcome. No need to register in advance. Join us for Prenatal drop-in yoga before each talk, 11:30am-12:45pm with Julie.

Our 5th Anniversary Party is on September 22nd!

Dear Clients, Former Clients, Volunteers and Friends of Blue Heron Midwives,

Please join us in celebrating our 5th Anniversary! Click HERE to learn more!

Our annual celebration is taking place at our clinic this year on:

Thursday September 22 from 4 to 6pm.

Thank you for your support over the last five years.

We look forward to seeing you on September 22nd!

Elizabeth Witmer and Melissa Durell

Birth Information Session Coming Soon

Do you want more information about normal birth? Have you wondered about home birth or a home water birth? Please come out to this informative session on September 15th to learn more. We will discuss normal birth and delivery, birth place options, midwifery care, and answer your questions. Our home birth equipment will be on display as well as a birth tub (if available). Click HERE for information about the session.


Parking the First Week of August

Please note that parking will be even more limited in our lot this week due to some building work that is being done. Please try to park on street on Dupont, Princess, Peppler or try the free lot on the corner of Erb and Regina, next to Paul Puncher.

OMama website/app Survey

Have you used the OMama website or app during your pregnancy?
If so please help evaluate OMama!
Take the 5 minute confidential survey at
OMama wants to hear about your experience with the OMama app and website so far, and what you think about our plans for the future.
Thanks for your support!

Traumatic Birth Workshop


Coping with Traumatic Birth

With Lisa Aldworth, Therapist, MSW, RSW

Saturday, September 24, 2016 All are welcome!

Birth trauma survivors (including babies), spouses/partners, midwives, doulas, nurses, OBs, psychotherapists & health care professionals

Our birth experience does not always go the way we have envisioned or planned. Many of us experience trauma during our pregnancy and labour. These experiences can leave us feeling sad, angry or isolated. This workshop is designed to help you understand birth trauma and how to begin to resolve this trauma within your own life.

This interactive workshop will explore the following:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
  • Dealing with anger, anxiety and depression
  • Fear of Recurrence: How can I face another birth after trauma?
  • Trusting healthcare professionals after birth trauma
  • Coping Strategies: What are they and why can they help?
  • Individual therapy: What is it and how can it help resolve birth trauma?

For more information or to register for this workshop or to inquire about individual therapy, contact Lisa Aldworth at or 519.746.2323 x502. More information about Lisa and her therapeutic practice on her website at

Location: Wellness Team on Queen, Cambridge, ON
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $150

Connecting Beyond Birth:

Its wonderful to hear that the Connecting Pregnancy program fosters connections that go beyond pregnancy and birth:

“We talk about it all the time how thankful we are for being able to journey through motherhood with the incredible support your midwife group offers. New Baby Time is a true gem.

Like many other moms I know, I still get together every Wednesday with the group of ladies I met before birth in the [Connecting Pregnancy] classes and then really connected with during the 12 weeks postpartum. Last Wednesday we went out without the babies (all 9-10 months now) and we all fell more in love with each other and had one of the funniest nights ever!!!!

I am in tears now (ok I cry all the time since having my baby) thinking about how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work with Blue Heron.

Cheers ladies!!!!!!! And from the bottom of our hearts, thank you thank you thank you!!!!”

Impact Study

University of Toronto researchers are currently recruiting over 5000 new mothers AND fathers across Canada to participate in an innovative and exciting new study. We would like to learn more about the feelings, stresses, and parenting activities that both new mothers and fathers experience together and how we can best support the WHOLE family within the first two years of their baby’s life. Study participation involves the completion of questionnaires online or by telephone. Each questionnaire will take about 1 hour to complete, depending on your answers to questions. As a couple, you may receive up to $230 in gift cards for completing questionnaires.

As a Thank You…
You and your partner will each receive a $15 gift card for every completed questionnaire ($90/person or $180/couple). If you and your partner complete all questionnaires, your family will receive an additional $50 gift card (up to $230/family) at the end of your study participation. You may select gift cards from a variety of choice vendors.

For more information, please contact: