How Halton Region Health Department Supports Physician Offices
The Halton Region Health Department promotes healthy pregnancies and postpartum health through:
Free prenatal and postnatal supports for patients
Patients can go online or call 311 to register for a range of prenatal and postnatal programs and services.
- Prenatal Classes and Supports
- A free online program designed to help expecting parents prepare for labour and birth, breastfeeding and the transition to parenthood. Includes audio, video, printable pages, games and puzzles. Work through the 7 sessions at your own pace!
- 2-hour breastfeeding in-class session
Led by a certified Lactation Consultant or Public Health Nurse
- Prenatal Car Seat Safety Class
Includes a car seat inspection at the end of the class by a Certified Car Seat Technician.
- Prenatal Nutrition Program (HPNP)
- A prenatal program to improve mothers’ and babies’ health and to provide parenting and breastfeeding supports.
- Participants may simply drop in to any one of the HPNP program locations.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program
Ontario's Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC)
program provides parents to be and families with young children who are in need of extra support with home visits by public health nurses and trained family visitors. The aim of the program is to optimize prenatal, child development and parenting outcomes, and reduce health inequities for families receiving services.
Although HBHC is a free voluntary program, families who are experiencing challenges are more likely to accept a home visit if it is suggested by a physician or trusted professional. Clients do not require an OHIP card to receive HBHC services.
- Parents may benefit from a referral if they:
- have concerns about parenting, parent-child relationship or child health and development
- have a history of or are experiencing physical and/or mental health problems that may impact pregnancy or parenting
- are experiencing challenges associated with social determinants of health such as low income, lack of social support, or food insecurity
- To make a referral:
- Talk to your patient and refer them to HBHC by calling 311 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Patient consent is required.
- Fill out a coordinated referral form and fax it to 905-825-8821.
Pregnant and postpartum women and their partners can connect directly with a public health nurse.
- Adjusting to Parenthood Groups
Peer support groups with support from a Public Health Nurse and Parent Educator or Parent/Child Therapist for patients experiencing or at risk of perinatal mood disorders
Patient support directory
Services for Patients with Substance Concerns
- Hopeplace - 905-465-3324
Helps individuals struggling with challenges related to the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
- ADAPT: Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment Services – 905-639-6537
Addiction counsellors provide ongoing support to clients who are struggling with their substance use.
Helplines and Free Services for Patients Experiencing Perinatal Mood Disorders
- COAST - Crisis Outreach and Support Team Halton - 1-877-825-9011
Telephone support and mobile intervention for persons who have a mental health crisis/concern
- Distress Centre:
- Thrive Counselling (external link)
Cost to patient: sliding scale based on income and family size (no fees for woman abuse services); Fee assistance available for those who qualify (as in financial need)
Breastfeeding information for family physicians
Research shows that knowledgeable breastfeeding support provided by health care professionals increases exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding. Increasing breastfeeding rates improves health outcomes for families in your care. Many community breastfeeding supports are available to refer to.
Desk Reference Tools
- Desk Reference Tool for Screening for Alcohol Use (external PDF)
Screening tool for physicians on how to assess risk status of all women with regard to alcohol use. Having the opportunity for a safe discussion of alcohol use before and during pregnancy, as well as capturing valid prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), can help prevent and diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
WHO growth charts and LookSee Checklist (formerly NDDS) request
HaltonParents - Parenting Support for Families
Connect with our team of public health nurses: