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Healthy Start

Age Range: Prenatal - 3 months post-partum

Project: Healthy Start

Program: 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 topic