Support for Newborns, Young Children and their Families
We realize that it takes a number of things for people, families and communities to be healthy. Our Healthy Beginnings Program provides services to families, newborns, infants and young children from birth to five years of age.
We offer support to every baby, mother, and new family within Eastern Health at various stages to assist infant and young children achieve their healthiest beginnings.
Services provided through the Healthy Beginnings Program are voluntary, free of charge and confidential.
Baby is Here
With the birth of your baby, a community health nurse will call within a few days of your hospital discharge to see how you are doing and offer support. Home visits are provided if you need support to make a healthy adjustment after having your baby.
You can receive information and support about:
- Feeding your baby including breastfeeding which provides the best nutrition for your baby
- Staying physically and emotionally healthy
- Encouraging your baby's growth and development and the importance of early learning and child development
- Keeping your baby safe from physical harm through immunization, car seat safety, providing a smoke-free environment, and following tips for preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
“You and Your New Baby” is a provincial postnatal resource package that is available to families of newborns. This package contains a variety of resource materials to support families in promoting healthy child development.
“Your Developing Baby” /“Your Developing Child” is a series of nine pamphlets printed by the Department of Health that focus on child development at a variety of stages from three months up to five years. These stages include:
- Three months
- Six months
- Nine months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- Three years
- Four years
- Five years
We have many partners in the community that increase awareness of and provide support around topics such as breastfeeding, childcare and early child development.
For more information, please contact your local Community Health Office
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We are here to help.