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Parent And Baby Programs

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time. Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) is a voluntary and free home visiting program designed to give children the best start in life by providing parents with health information and support. The HBHC program provides home visits by public health nurses and family home visitors to expectant and new parents who need more support and can benefit from the program.

HBHC goals

  • Ensure families living in difficult or stressful situations get the support and services they need.
  • Help strengthen the parent-child relationship and build positive parenting skills through education, support, and linking with community resources.

Home visits help you learn about

  • Having a healthy pregnancy and birth.
  • Connecting with your baby/child.
  • How children grow and develop and what you can do to help.
  • Being a parent.
  • Breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition.
  • Taking care of yourself and your family.
  • Other services available to you and your child in your community.

When you are pregnant

  • You will be offered information and support for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
  • This will help you learn about how your baby grows and develops and help prepare you for your baby’s arrival.

After your baby is born

  • Ongoing home visits are offered to support you as a parent.
  • A public health n will contact you, answer your questions and offer health information and support.
  • The nurse will also connect you to parenting services in your neighbourhood and community.

As your child grows

  • There is a lot to learn as your child grows and develops.
  • The Healthy Babies Healthy Children team can help you enjoy these important years.
  • The HBHC program is designed to support you until your child(ren) transition to school.

Contact information

For more information connect with a HaltonParents public health nurse by calling 311.
You can also visit the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for more details.

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Need help as a parent?:

Right From The Start

An 8-week course to help parents recognize baby cues and how to connect with your baby.

  • For more information and to register call 905-634-2347 ext. 242

Halton iParent

Halton iParent (external link)

Health Region Parenting Programs

We have programs, workshops, seminars and more available to help parents in Halton.

You can also call HaltonParents team of public health nurses to speak to a qualified staff member about health concerns, child growth and development, or to inquire about resources available to you.

  • Adjusting to Parenthood Groups
    Are you the parent of a child under age to two years? Are you struggling with being exhausted, overwhelmed, or unsure of how to relate to your baby or child? Join our free bi-monthly drop-in group; free child care available.
  • Call Halton Region, dial 311 to speak with a public health nurse:
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Triple P
    Different types of free support offered, schedules and registration information.
  • Parenting Basics
    A free 10-week parenting group for families working with the Children’s Aid Society. Free child care and transportation are available, and participants receive a letter of completion if they attend 8 or more sessions. Contact your worker to register.
  • Nobody's Perfect
    If you struggle with being the perfect parent, you are not alone! During Nobody’s Perfect, you will meet and share with parents who are experiencing the same challenges you are. Nobody’s Perfect is a 6 week program for parents of children under 6-years of age. public health nurses facilitate topics of interest identified by the parents. Snacks and parenting books are provided; limited child minding and transportation may also be available.
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