Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC), Program Information for Healthcare Professionals

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) is a provincial public health initiative, addressing early childhood development. In Halton, the goal of the HBHC program is to promote optimal physical, cognitive, communicative and psychosocial development of children prenatal to age three. The HBHC program ensures that all families have access to effective and consistent early intervention.

Who is eligible for HBHC?

  • Families or individuals with children under the age of three
  • Pregnant women

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What is my role as a health professional in Healthy Babies Healthy Children?

  • To refer families that could benefit from involvement in Halton Healthy Babies Healthy Children to the program.
  • To make a referral contact Halton Region at 905-825-6000.
    • confidential information or requests for HBHC Program should be faxed to 905-825-1285.
  • If a patient lives outside of Halton, they will be connected with HBHC in their community.

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Cues for Referral:

  • An anticipated poor birth outcome
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Premature infants
  • Multiple births
  • Babies with physical challenges
  • Failure to thrive
  • Family stress
  • Social, geographical or cultural isolation
  • Lack of social support
  • Low income

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What is the screening and assessment process?

  • The screening and assessment process starts in the hospital setting.
  • It is designed to ensure families who may benefit from involvement are identified and referred to the appropriate services, and to identify families that could benefit from a family visitor.

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What does the program offer to families in Halton?

HBHC offers families:

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What are the outcomes of the HBHC program?

  • New mothers receive education and support to encourage breastfeeding.
  • Children are screened for developmental milestones.
  • Trained family visitors provide information and ongoing support to families in their homes and encourage skill development and confidence in parenting.
  • Pregnant women receive prenatal support, e.g., assistance completing school, preparing for parenthood, nutrition counselling etc.
  • Families are linked to neighbourhood resources such as Parent-Child Resource Centres, toy lending libraries, parenting classes, food banks etc.

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