COVID-19 Updates

Update: March 23rd, 2021

Please call us at 204-947-1517 before visiting our clinic at 419 Graham Avenue.

You must wear a mask at our facilities. Thank you for your understanding.

At WHC, we take the health and safety of our community very seriously, and we do everything we can to keep people safe as they use our services. We are closely following updates and recommendations from:

·        Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL)
·        Shared Health
·        The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
·        The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
We continue to adapt our services in response to new information and revised recommendations from these organizations. Thank you for your patience as we make those changes.
Screening at WHC:
Clients and Visitors: We screen clients and visitors for COVID-19 upon arrival at our clinic. We screen abortion clients by telephone before their procedure date and again in person when they arrive for the procedure. If people are ill, we strongly encourage them to stay home for the well-being of all.
Staff: All clinic staff are required to follow the WRHA protocol and self-screen daily before coming to work.
Please note: We are not a COVID-19 community testing site. Please click to see a list of screening sites in Winnipeg.

WHC Program-Specific Information:


*Please note: Some staff are working remotely; response times may be delayed. We appreciate your patience. 

Health Services

We currently provide appointments for the following essential services (appointments are by phone whenever possible):

  • abortion (both aspiration and medication abortion) including intake and follow-up
  • emergency contraception
  • pregnancy and birth control counselling/information
  • birth control (including pill pick up, IUD insertions and urgent follow-up)
  • STI checks and treatment


Counselling Services & Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program

Our general counselling and eating disorder program intake lines are open. We also have transitioned our in-person groups and workshops to online. Click below for more information:

Counselling Workshops

Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention & Recovery Program Workshops

We are currently providing counselling services over the phone. If you have a previously scheduled appointment with us and have not been contacted already, please call your counsellor, or call us at 204-947-1517.

For specific Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program questions, please call 204-947-2422 ext. 137.


Parenting Groups and Workshops

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our drop-ins are cancelled and our in-person groups and workshops have transitioned online. For a complete list, please click here.

To register for any of these groups, or for more information, contact us at or 204-947-2422 ext 113.

Contact the WHC Mother’s Program Warm Line for help finding resources or to chat with one of our parent support group facilitators. This service is for any parents or caregivers of young children, not just mothers. Call 204-947-2422 ext. 113 (leave a message and we’ll call you back) or email

Health Education and Training

*Please note we’ve stopped all programming at Hugh John McDonald as of December 4th.

All health education workshops/training have moved virtual. For upcoming service provider training such as SHiFT: Sexual Health Facilitator Training or Coping with Change Facilitator Training please click here

Please call 204-947-2422 ext. 113 or email if you have any questions.

Birth Centre

Midwifery Intake

Our intake line is open. Please call us at 204-947-2422 ext. 307. Complete the Midwifery Interest Form at or complete and fax the Midwifery Services Referral Form to request a midwife.

Scheduled Appointments

We are proceeding with midwifery appointments. Some appointments may be done over the phone and some will be done in person.

You will be screened before your first appointment and in-person when you attend your appointments. You will be asked if you or anyone in your household:

  1.  Have cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache)
  2. Have returned from travel outside Manitoba, including travel within Canada, in the last 14 days
  3.  Had exposure* to a confirmed COVID-19 case within 14 days (Note: *Exposure may include scenarios or settings like large events with confirmed case(s) of COVID-19.)
  4. Had close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19 at this time.
  5. Have been instructed to self-isolate or self-monitor for 14 days.

If any of these questions apply to you, a midwife will discuss options for visiting you in your home or in hospital. During home visits, midwives will wear personal protective equipment.

If your answers to any of the questions above change at any time, please notify your midwife ASAP.

Only the pregnant person and one support person may attend appointments.

We currently are not offering childminding at the Birth Centre. If you have more than one support person, they will be asked to wait outside, so please plan accordingly.

We strongly encourage handwashing and physical distancing. We ask you to sanitize your hands upon arrival and to give our front desk staff some space. You will be provided with a medical mask upon entry.

Labour and Delivery

Every pregnant person and support person will be pre-screened during admission. You may be redirected to the hospital for labour and birth if the screening questions apply to you. Currently a pregnant person can have one support person with them for their labour, delivery, and postpartum at the Birth Centre. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your midwife.

NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank Drop Site

We still accept milk donations but call us first at 204-594-0900. If you are a first-time donor or want to donate, visit NorthernStar at and call them at 1-403-475-6455 BEFORE calling us or coming to the Birth Centre).

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)

The UNHS program is seeing clients at the Birth Centre. Clients will be pre-screened over the phone in advance of their appointment and screened in-person when they attend the appointment. Clients can have one support person come to their appointment with them. Medical masks will be provided upon arrival.



Check this page regularly for updates.


Thank you for your consideration and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation.