Pregnancy and Child Health

The early stages in life are important for children’s learning, development, and their overall health and wellbeing. Our Healthy Growth and Development program supports families and provides services that can help answer questions and guide parents from preconception and through pregnancy and parenthood.

We offer prenatal classes for everyone, both in-person and online. Prenatal classes are open to all pregnant women an their support person.

Effective September 1, 2019 hearing screens are conducted by the Central South Infant Hearing Program.

Parents who are discharged from the hospital on the weekend, or whose baby needs a follow-up screen, should register for their baby’s infant hearing screen by calling 1-866-826-4327 ext. 221.

We support families in making an informed decision about infant feeding. All families will be supported no matter how they decide to feed their baby.

By learning about breastfeeding and getting support, most women can breastfeed successfully. If you have a patient who is looking for help, reassurance, or wants to make sure their baby is feeding well, we can help for free.

Health Unit Breastfeeding Support/Visit

Description: Telephone support or in-home visit from a public health nurse
Contact: 519-753-4937 ext. 464
Availability: By appointment, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

More information and other local support options can be found on our Breastfeeding page.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) is a free, one-to-one home visiting program for pregnant women, parents, and caregivers of children up to six years old. The focus of the program is on parenting, growth and development, and prenatal health.

To refer someone to the program, please call us at 519-753-4937 ext. 464.

Note: Families must provide consent in order to make referral.

Community Supports


Post-partum Mood Disorder

One in five women will suffer from some degree of perinatal depression and other postpartum mood disorders (PPMD) before or after the birth of a baby.