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Pregnancy and Infant Feeding Supports

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Planning to start a family? Just had a baby? Already a parent? Being a parent or guardian is very rewarding but doesn’t come with an instruction manual. This is where the HKPR District Health Unit can help. Regardless of your child's developmental phase, our dedicated Healthy Families team is available to provide guidance and support for you and your loved ones.

Promoting Health and Wellness for Families

HKPR District Health Unit's Healthy Families programs promote support for families. With a focus on fostering health and resilience, the programs provide a range of services tailored to the needs of families from preconception through parenthood.

If you need a pregnancy test or birth control, you can visit our Sexual Health Clinics, speak with your health care provider, or buy one from a pharmacy.  A pregnancy test is most accurate a few days past after you were expecting your period. The best time to do a test is with your first pee of the day.

Sexual Health Clinics are now available in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Appointments are required, as walk-ins are not currently available. Book an appointment online, or to speak to a Sexual Health Nurse, call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205.

Pregnant or planning for a baby? InJoy our free online Prenatal Program is for you! Get accurate information on pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for your newborn – all in an online format. 

Parents you do not need to register to access the site just follow the simple steps below and InJoy!

How to Access the Site: 

  1. Visit InJoy Online. 
  2. Click on Create Account. 
  3. Fill out your Name, Email and Password. 
  4. Enter redemption code: hkprbaby 
  5. Click Validate. 
  6. Accept the Terms and Conditions. 
  7. Click Complete. 
  8. Log in to your Dashboard to view the eClass content. 

NOTE: A public health nurse will email you information about prenatal and postpartum supports offered by the health unit. InJoy eClasses are hosted by a third-party vendor in the United States of America that collects and maintains your first/last name, email and password for 13 months. InJoy’s privacy policy is available in the Terms and Conditions on the registration website. 

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program is a free, confidential and voluntary program for pregnant women and families with children up to age six. The Program provides you with advice and support at various stages to help you give your children the best start in life.


You are eligible for the HBHC Program if you:

  • Live in Haliburton County, Northumberland County or the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Are pregnant or recently had a baby or are parenting a pre-schooler.
  • Are the legal guardian of the child(ren).
  • Are actively parenting the child(ren) in the family’s place of residence.
  • Are available for home visits during Health Unit hours of operation.

How to Register?

Email with the Self-Referral Form attached or call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003

NOTE: The HBHC program is especially valuable for newcomers to Canada; first-time or experienced parents who are concerned or have questions about their child’s growth and development and behaviours; those who feel alone with very few or no support from family or friends; individuals experiencing physical and/or mental health challenges; and families facing challenging life situations such as homelessness or domestic violence.

The Feeding and Nutrition Clinic helps parents develop skills to feed their baby, child, or themselves. This one-on-one appointment can also support parents to make food choices that are best for their family. A Public Health Nurse or Registered Dietitian can give support in person, online, or over the phone. 

The Feeding and Nutrition Clinic is available: 

Make an appointment by calling 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003, please see the Self-Referral Form.

For breastfeeding support after hours, please visit Health811 online or call 8-1-1 

Nurse Family Partnership® (NFP®) is a free home visiting program where public health nurses visit young, first-time parents during their pregnancy and the first two years of their child’s life.

The NFP® can help parents:

  • have a healthy pregnancy
  • have healthy children
  • meet school and/or work goals

You can enroll if you are:

  • 24 years old or younger
  • Pregnant with your first child and/or first-time parenting
  • Pregnant 28 weeks or less
  • Experiencing financial hardship or limited resources
  • Living in Northumberland County, City of Kawartha Lakes or County of Haliburton

Register by:

  • Calling the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003 just a reminder to leave your name and phone number so we can connect back with you to confirm registration.

What will you talk about during visits?

  • Having a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby
  • Developing your parenting skills
  • Building a strong network of support for you and your baby
  • Talking about your goals in life
  • Supporting you to create a safe and nurturing environment for you and your baby
  • Accessing other community resources that feel right for you
  • Building life skills such as budgeting, managing stress, and preparing healthy meals


If you have any questions about the Nurse-Family Partnership ® (NFP), please call 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003. Your personal information is needed to determine eligibility for this program.

If you are a Primary Care provider looking for more information check out our Businesses, Partners and Professionals webpage.

Need Help Registering for a Program?

Call the Healthy Families Information and Support Line 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003

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