The Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program is a free home visiting program for pregnant woman, parents, and caregivers of children from birth and up to school entry age. The program provides supports for parents and helps link them to community programs and resources. The goal of HBHC is to help parents create an environment that leads to healthy babies, healthy children, and later, to healthy adults.
If you are interested in taking part in the program, please call us at 519-753-4937 ext. 464. A public health nurse will ask you some questions to see if you are a good fit for the program and, with your permission, bring you into the program.
Our program will help you be healthy and ready for your baby. However, the public health nurse does not replace the care you get from a doctor or midwife.
Child Under Six Weeks Old
After your baby is born, your hospital nurse or midwife will do a survey with your permission. The survey goes over:
- Your pregnancy and birth
- Type of help from your family
- Your basic parenting skills
You will be asked if the survey results can be sent to the Health Unit after you leave the hospital. If you say yes, a public health nurse will follow up with a phone call to you within 48 hours of coming home.
Child Six Weeks to School Entry Age
You will learn about your child’s needs such as sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, playing, and getting ready for school. We can also help your family with other issues, such as stress, budgeting, anger, and drugs or alcohol use/abuse.