Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Promoting and Supporting your Family’s Health
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children is a free, voluntary program across Ontario. It is for pregnant moms, their partners, and families with young children up to six years old. Public Health Nurses and Family Home Visitors can provide support, resources, and connect families with community programs to help families get the best start possible.
Before your baby is born- Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time and you may have a lot of questions. Learning about how your baby grows and develops can prepare you for your baby’s arrival. If you are pregnant, a Public Health Nurse can help you and your partner get ready for your new baby by providing home visits to answer your questions and provide you with support.
After your baby is born – If you consented at the hospital, a Public Health Nurse will call you at home within 48 hours of being discharged from the hospital. She will ask you about your new baby, how you are recovering, and is available to answer questions, provide health information, and link your family to supports in the community. If you wish, a home visit can be provided.
At any time –Some families have more challenges and may want extra support. A Public Health Nurse and Family Home Visitor can provide home visits to you and your family. They can talk to you about:
- having a healthy pregnancy;
- being a new parent;
- feeding babies and young children;
- helping children grow and develop;
- keeping children safe; and
- finding health programs and social services in the community.
Public Health Nurses are Registered Nurses who know about health and illness, the community, and ways to help families. They can:
- talk with you about your family and your concerns;
- help you make plans that are right for you;
- teach you about being a healthy family; and
- advocate with you for programs and services that best meet your needs
Family Home Visitors have experience and training to work with families and children in the community. They can:
- offer encouragement and support in your role as a parent;
- help you solve problems;
- share parenting activities and ideas; and
- help you find support in your community.
For more information or if you would like to refer yourself or someone you know (with their consent) to the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program please call us at: 705-743-1000 and ask to speak to the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Nurse on call. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org