We work closely with your health care providers to provide information and support services to support you in your role as parents.
While you’re Expecting
Public Health Nurses and Parent Resource Visitors can help you learn how to give your baby the very best start. A Public Health Nurse may be able to visit you in your home to:
- help you understand your pregnancy and how to take care of yourself
- help you prepare for your new baby and what to expect when you give birth
- talk to you about the foods you and your baby need
- prepare you for breastfeeding and feeding your baby
- refer you to medical care and prenatal services in your community.
A Parent Resource Visitor is a parent who has experience in raising her own family. She may visit in your home to:
- encourage and support you during your pregnancy
- teach you the basics about baby care
- show you how to make your home safe for baby
- help you to find prenatal services in your community.
When your baby has arrived
A Friendly Phone Call
When you get home from the hospital, you may receive a phone call from a Public Health Nurse after the birth to answer your questions about:
- any health concerns that you have about yourself or your baby
- comforting the baby
- adjusting to your new role as a parent
- finding services in your community that meet your needs.
Some families can benefit from ongoing services from a Public Health Nurse and Parent Resource Visitor. Healthy Babies Healthy Children can offer practical help through ongoing home visits during the early years in your child’s life. You may be eligible for the home visiting program if you:
- need extra support and encouragement
- are finding it challenging to be a parent
- are parenting alone
- have a child with health or developmental concerns.
If you are interested in any of the services offered through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, you can call the Perth District Health Unit directly to find out more or you can give your family doctor, midwife, friend or family member permission to call on your behalf.
For more information, contact Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.