Healthy Parenting & Early Childhood Development
The prenatal period through the first five years of life are critically important to a child's healthy development and strongly influence success later in life. Healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding and healthy nutrition, parental mental well-being, safe nurturing environments and positive parenting are the most powerful influences on healthy child development. Public Health Nurses offer home visits to all families after a birth. They also provide support during pregnancy. Public Health staff work with families to promote health and well-being.
Are you pregnant, have a new baby or a toddler at home? Are you interested in learning how to promote your family's health and your child's development? Do you want to know about prenatal or parent-child groups in your community?
Contact a public health nurse in your local community area office:
2-640 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0L8
ACCESS River East
975 Henderson Highway
Winnipeg, MB R2K 4L7
2013 - 785 Keewatin
Winnipeg, MB R2X 3B9
ACCESS Winnipeg West
280 Booth Drive,
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3R7
845 Regent Avenue West
Winnipeg, MB R2C 3A9
135 Plaza Drive
Winnipeg, MB R3T 6E8
ACCESS St. Boniface
170 Goulet Street
Winnipeg, MB R2H 0R7
Point Douglas Community
601 Aikins Street
Winnipeg, MB R2W 4J5
Seven Oaks Health & Social Services Centre
Unit 3 – 1050 Leila Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2P 1W6
Health Links – Info Santé
Health Links – Info Santé is a 24-hour, 7-days a week telephone information service. Staffed by registered nurses with the knowledge to provide answers over the phone to health care questions and guide you to the care you need.
Call anytime 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.
Financial assistance is available to help you maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you are pregnant, live in Manitoba and have a net family income of less than $32,000 a year, you may be able to receive the Manitoba Prenatal Benefit. If you are approved for the benefit, you can start to receive monthly cheques after the third month of pregnancy until the month your baby is due. Apply for the Prenatal Benefit
For information on healthy eating, weight gain in pregnancy, visit the link below:
Are you temporarily in Winnipeg (from Nunavut) awaiting the birth of your baby?
Prenatal Connections Public Health Nurses may be able to help. For more information call 204-940-8594.
Do you live in the Point Douglas, Downtown or Inkster communities?
There is free, welcoming care for you during your pregnancy. You may be eligible for a prenatal income benefit and transportation support to and from appointments. Some sites also provide child-minding during your appointment. To find out where you can access care in the inner-city go to This Way to a Healthy Baby.
Looking for information on Pregnancy and Smoking? For more information, visit links below:
Having a Baby
- Birth: Delivering at the St. Boniface Hospital
- Birth: Delivering at the new HSC Women’s Hospital
- Community Resources Pamphlet for Childbirth and Postpartum
It is normal to go through an adjustment period following childbirth. The baby blues usually begin a few days after birth and often go away on their own by two weeks. During the baby blues, women may feel weepy, overwhelmed, irritable, anxious, fatigued and have trouble sleeping. One in eight new moms experience postpartum depression. If these feelings don't go away, talk to your public health nurse, doctor or midwife. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, talk to someone immediately.
The Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba is a locally led organization created by a group of committed women and health care providers – click here to access.
Breast feeding Clinics/Breastfeeding Parent Groups
Clinics/Groups are available each weekday in a different part of Winnipeg. Call for information, to make an appointment or just drop in for individual consultation and/or group activities with lactation consultants and breastfeeding counselors. For more information: Breastfeeding Drop In
This hotline is a 24-hour, 7-days a week telephone information service. Staffed by registered nurses with the knowledge to provide breastfeeding counselling over the phone or to guide you to the care you need. (204) 788 -8667
Breast Milk Donation
Starting January 4, 2016, the Birth Centre will accept breast milk from donors approved by NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank (formerly the Calgary Mothers Milk Bank). Women must first contact the NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank to be screened prior to dropping off their donation at the Birth Centre.
For more information visit: www.northernstarmilkbank.com
La Leche League
La Leche League encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society. Get breastfeeding information or support from a trained Leader by phone, email or at a local group.
Breastfeeding Online hopes to help empower women to choose to breastfeed and to educate society at large about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.
Families First offers home visiting supports to families with children, from pregnancy to school entry. A public health nurse will visit with you to talk about your family. Together you will decide what community resources would be best for your family.
Families First home visiting services may be one of the options available to you depending on circumstances. A Families First Home Visitor will meet with you and your family on a regular basis. The home visitor will support you in building a strong relationship with your child and family, while sharing information and fun activities to help your child grow up healthy and happy.
For more information on Families First services, contact your community public health office.
Healthy Parenting Winnipeg
Healthy Parenting Winnipeg (HPW) website provides universal information on a wide variety of parenting topics spanning the prenatal to pre-school years.
HPW has created standardized messaging through work with local, provincial and national experts to ensure best practices are incorporated and information is accessible to all. HPW can be accessed through: https://healthyparentingwinnipeg.ca
Manitoba Parent Zone
Manitoba Parent Zone provides parents with on-line parenting and child development information that reflects current best practices in health and child and adolescent development.
Healthy Baby Groups
Want to join other pregnant women and new parents, share a healthy snack and learn about prenatal health and healthy infant development. Attend a Healthy Baby group in your community.
- Early Childhood Development
- Healthy Eating for Infants and Children
- Immunization Schedules for Infants and Preschoolers
- Information on Pertussis (whooping cough) in the Winnipeg Health Region
- I Need a Boost! Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child
- Securing Your Precious Cargo (Manitoba Public Insurance)
- Keeping Your Infant and Preschooler Physically Active
- PHAC Statement on Safe Sleep and Safe Sleep Brochure and Door Hangtag
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby (Public Health Agency of Canada)