“I love that another mom comes to see me and my children. The Parent Resource Worker shows me inexpensive ways to make toys. She boosts my confidence!” Liz, Aylmer
- A province-wide program that offers support to pregnant women and families with children from birth to six years.
- Free, confidential and voluntary.
- Provides support and information on topics such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, healthy eating, baby care, growth and development, discipline, as well as many other issues.
- A parent can become involved in this program at any time from pregnancy until her child turns six.
- Pregnant moms
- New moms and dads
- Families with children 0-6 years old
A Friendly Phone Call
As part of the HBHC program, a Public Health Nurse will contact you when you come home from the hospital after having a baby. At this time, the nurse will offer information on breastfeeding and parenting and will answer any questions that you may have. The nurse will also provide information on community programs.
A Visit to your Home
The HBHC program is able to offer all families a home visit from a Public Health Nurse after having a new baby.
Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. As a new parent, you will probably have a lot of questions when you bring your new baby home. Some parts come naturally and some parts have to be learned. Even if you’ve have a baby before, each baby and experience is unique. Ongoing support is available for families who are experiencing difficulties and challenges with parenting.
Through the HBHC program, you will receive home visits from both a Public Health Nurse and a Parent Resource Worker. They will work together with you to build a parenting support system.
A Public Health Nurse is a Registered Nurse who will meet with you in your home. Together, with support from your nurse, you will have an opportunity to move closer to the parent you want to be. Your PHN can offer:
- Health teaching
- Support and encouragement
- Discussion on challenges and things you can try
- Referrals to other professionals, community agencies and service coordination
A Parent Resource Worker, who is an experienced parent, will help you to understand your child’s development. Parent Resource Workers can also assist you and your child in learning how to communicate more effectively. Together, we will:
- Observe and discuss ways in which you and your child interact with each other.
- Discuss specific things you and your child can do together which will help you both enjoy each other.
- Look at how your child is growing and developing.
- Help your child learn about the world through play.
Together, we can help new and expectant parents find the services they need. We have information on many services from parent groups to more specialized programs.
- Self- referral
- Professional referral
- Click here for the HBHC Online Referral Form
“We really enjoyed the nurse’s visits. She has so much information to share and she can access many things to help us.”
Joanne & Larry, St. Thomas