Population & Public Health

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 fathers and mothers to promote family health and well-being. 

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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?  

Breastfeeding Hotline (24-hour, 7-day a week telephone service)
(204) 788-8667

Health Links 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.

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Pregnant?

Financial assistance available to eat healthy during your 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 pregnancies

Pregnancy and Women’s Health

  • Our Community Supports Healthy Pregnancies
  • Partners in Inner-City Integrated Prenatal Care (PIIPC).  Women attending selected prenatal program groups in the inner-city of Winnipeg are offered enhanced prenatal care through assessment of their use of an existing health care provider (HCP) for prenatal care, encouragement of prenatal care early and often, and supplementation of prenatal care with “check ups” by a midwife at the groups. If a woman does not have a health care provider, she is assisted in either getting one or offered prenatal care by a midwife.  Click on the title above for full details.

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.

Are you temporarily in Winnipeg awaiting the birth of your baby? 

  • Prenatal Connections Public Health Nurses may be able to help.  For information call 204- 940-8594.

This Way to a Healthy Baby 

  • 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.

Pregnancy and Smoking

Childbirth

Postpartum Depression?

  • 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.

    Learn more about postpartum depression

    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.

Breastfeeding

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

Breastfeeding Hotline

  • 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.

Parenting Support

             Families First

  • 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. 
  • Healthy Parenting & Early Childhood Development Resources - helpful information and links for parents on parenting, financial assistance, aboriginal agencies, etc..
  • For more information on Families First services, contact your community public health office.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

  • Triple P Positive Parenting Program is a helpful, practical approach to raising children that focuses on the positive. Triple P uses strong, nurturing relationships, good communication and positive attention to help children develop. Mothers, fathers, guardians or caregivers can call the line at (204) 945-4777 or toll-free 1-877-945-4777 to discuss parenting concerns such as bedtime problems, tantrums, and toilet training. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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. 

Fact Sheets

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

Canadian Sedentary Guidelines (Infants and Preschoolers)

Stay Water Safe

Safe Sleep

Media Releases

Contact a public health nurse in your local community area office:

ACCESS Downtown East

2- 640 Main Street

Winnipeg, MB.  R3B 0L8

Phone: (204) 940-1626

Fax: (204) 940-2116

ACCESS Downtown West

2-755 Portage Ave

Winnipeg, MB.  R3G 0N2

Phone: (204) 940-6669

Fax: (204) 940-2468

ACCESS Fort Garry

135 Plaza Drive

Winnipeg, MB. R3T 6E8

Phone: (204) 940-7091

Fax: (204) 940-7466

ACCESS Nor’West

2013 – 785 Keewatin

Winnipeg, MB. R2X 3B9

Phone: (204) 938-5900

Fax: (204) 935-5994

ACCESS River East

975 Henderson Highway

Winnipeg, MB. R2K 4L7

Phone: (204) 938-5000

Fax: (204) 938-5119

ACCESS St. Boniface

170 Goulet Street

Winnipeg, MB. R2H 0R7

Phone: (204) 940-2035

Fax: (204) 940-2082

ACCESS Transcona

845 Regent Avenue West

Winnipeg, MB.  R2C 3A9

Phone: (204) 938-5555

Fax: (204) 938-5511

ACCESS Winnipeg West

280 Booth Drive

Winnipeg, MB.  R3J 3R7

Phone: (204) 940-2388

Fax: (204) 940-2636

Point Douglas Community

Health Centre

601 Aikins Street

Winnipeg, MB. R2W 4J5

Phone: (204) 940-2025

Fax: (204) 940-2302

River Heights Health & Social Services Centre

135 Plaza Drive

Winnipeg, MB. R3T 6E8

Phone: (204) 940-7091

Fax: (204) 940-7466

 

Seven Oaks Health & Social Services Centre

Unit 3 - 1050 Leila Avenue

Winnipeg, MB.  R2P 1W6

Phone: (204) 938-5600

Fax: (204) 938-5609

St. Vital Community Office

170 Goulet Street

Winnipeg, MB.R2H 0R7

Phone: (204) 940-2045

Fax: (204) 255-4903

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