85th Anniversary - ArchivesFebruary 2019

From our archives: Celine Dion reaches out to the JGH

In 2010, when Celine Dion urgently needed advice on breastfeeding her twin boys at her family home in Florida, she reached across the continent and found the expertise she needed at the JGH.

“I got the call, flew out the next day and was there for just over 24 hours,” said Carole Dobrich, Lactation Consultant at the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic at the JGH Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre.

“It was good timing, because nothing was scheduled for the breastfeeding clinic on the following day, so I was able to leave without affecting its activities.”

Ms. Dobrich, whose name was given to Ms. Dion by a mutual friend, Quebec TV personality Julie Snyder, said she found the superstar singer to be “a mother like any other. People forget that moms need support even for the little things. It’s how they come to feel confident and trust their instincts. I’m proud I could sit down and help her, just like any other mom. The whole family was very friendly—genuinely loving and kind people.”

The Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic is an inter-disciplinary referral centre for mothers and babies who experience breastfeeding difficulties. International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants work alongside family physicians and are trained in lactation to manage complex breastfeeding cases referred by healthcare professionals from Montreal and surrounding areas.


The Jewish General Hospital’s 85th anniversary is an ideal occasion to take a glimpse into the past. By remembering the extraordinary efforts of the hospital’s founders, supporters, staff and volunteers, we honour the enduring legacy that of the JGH.

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1 Comment

  1. Ruth Kovac
    March 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I really enjoy these historical snapshots.