Prenatal Additional Support Programs

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Halton Prenatal Nutrition Program



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

  • Hospital staff or your midwife will talk to you about HBHC.
  • A public health nurse is available to speak to you about your parenting needs.
  • Home visits may be offered as extra support.

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 (external link) for more details.

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