Healthy Start

Age Range: Prenatal to 3 months post-partum

Project: HS

Program Type: Prenatal

A Program for Pregnant Women Needing Extra Support

By participating in this program, expectant women gain the skills, confidence and resources needed to improve their health during pregnancy, learn about self-care, better understand parenting issues and make choices that enhance their unborn child’s future growth and development. 

Counseling, Referrals and Support
  • Individualized and group supportive counseling through access to Public Health Nurses, Social Workers and Registered Dietitians.
  • Referrals to programs and services that support childbearing women and young children.
Peer Support
  • Each program site provides a warm, caring and inviting atmosphere where socializing, friendly support and lasting friendships are made.  
  • Provides a social network that promotes peer relationships amongst socially isolated expectant women to meet and support each other.
Prenatal Nutrition Support
  • Provides expectant women with nutrition education and counseling, access to nutritious food and nutritional supplements.
  • Each week participants are offered a food voucher so they can purchase healthy food for the home (eggs, milk and fruit). 
  • Upon arrival each Healthy Start participant receives a nutritious snack. 
  • Each week, a Public Health Nurse or Dietitian provides individual and group nutrition counseling focusing on health and nutritional needs during pregnancy.  Educational topics include: food planning and shopping, making healthy food choices within a limited budget, nutrition and purchasing and preparing nutritious food.
Prenatal and Parenting Education
  • Bonding with baby
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Feeding baby
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Infant care
  • Infant massage
  • Labour and delivery
  • Living in a smoke-free environment
  • Nutrition education
  • Personal care during pregnancy
  • Prenatal care
  • Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD’s)
  • and many other relevant topics

Upcoming Category Programs

Program Location Month Day Time
Healthy Start Brian Fleming Mar Fri, 22 9:30AM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Mar Sat, 23 9:30AM
Healthy Start Sheridan Centre Mar Mon, 25 6:00PM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Mar Tue, 26 9:30AM
Healthy Start Norton Lake Healthy Start Mar Tue, 26 9:30AM
Healthy Start Fair Oaks Mar Wed, 27 9:30AM
Healthy Start Four Corners Health Centre Mar Wed, 27 9:30AM
Healthy Start Fairview Mar Thu, 28 9:30AM
Healthy Start Brian Fleming Mar Fri, 29 9:30AM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Mar Sat, 30 9:30AM
Healthy Start Sheridan Centre Apr Mon, 1 6:00PM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Apr Tue, 2 9:30AM
Healthy Start Norton Lake Healthy Start Apr Tue, 2 9:30AM
Healthy Start Fair Oaks Apr Wed, 3 9:30AM
Healthy Start Four Corners Health Centre Apr Wed, 3 9:30AM
Healthy Start Fairview Apr Thu, 4 9:30AM
Healthy Start Brian Fleming Apr Fri, 5 9:30AM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Apr Sat, 6 9:30AM
Healthy Start Sheridan Centre Apr Mon, 8 6:00PM
Healthy Start Castlebrooke Apr Tue, 9 9:30AM