Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a free, voluntary program for expectant parents and families with children from birth up to 6 years of age.

How to apply

Contact us  if you'd like to learn more about the services offered through Healthy Babies Healthy Children. You can also give your family doctor, midwife, family member, or friend permission to call on your behalf.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for home visits if you need extra support and encouragement or your child has health or developmental concerns.

Public health nurses

A public health nurse can visit your home to help you while you are expecting or after the birth of your child to:

  • understand your pregnancy and how to take care of yourself
  • prepare for your new baby and what to expect when you give birth
  • prepare for breastfeeding and feeding your baby
  • find medical care and prenatal services in your community
  • address any health concerns that you have about yourself or your baby
  • answer questions about comforting and parenting your baby
  • help you adjust to your new role as a parent

Parent resource visitor

A parent resource visitor, with experience raising her family, can visit your home to:

  • encourage and support you during your pregnancy and after the baby is born
  • teach you the basics about baby care
  • show you how to make your home safe for your baby
  • help you find services in your community

Program description

The program involves providing information and support on:

  • prenatal health
  • breastfeeding
  • children's healthy growth and development
  • positive parenting
  • healthy parent-child relationships
  • support to access other community programs and services

A public health nurse will contact you after the birth of your baby to ensure you have the information and support you need for your new baby. You may also be offered a home visit from a public health nurse, with an option for ongoing home visiting.