This Version Posted: October 22, 2021
The time before your baby is born is crucial to their healthy growth and development. The Health Unit continues to offer its Healthy Families support programs for new and expectant parents during the pandemic.
Pregnant individuals are eligible for COVID vaccine. To get a vaccine, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics page to find a clinic near you. Pregnant individuals can also receive a vaccine through their primary health care provider. Please note this specific clinic for those who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant:
- Lindsay: Friday, October 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes Office (41 Russell St. W.) in Lindsay. Open to anyone born in 2009 or earlier, but especially pregnant individuals and those trying to get pregnant. A Public Health Nurse and Midwife will be available to answer specific questions as it relates to COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy. Both mRNA COVID vaccines will be available.
If you are questioning if COVID-19 is right for you, here is a link to a key resource that walks you through the benefits and risks of getting your COVID-19 vaccine:
- COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations – Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool – Ontario Ministry of Health
It is important to consult your health care provider or a health care provider familiar with your pregnancy. For additional questions about pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, and speak with a Public Health Nurse.
Healthy Families Intake Line
Questions and support: the toll-free Healthy Families intake line at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, that allows people to speak to a Public Health Nurse and receive support and answers on pregnancy and breastfeeding. Public Health Nurses are now able to provide infant-feeding support to parents via video-conferencing as well.
The free online Prenatal Program gives expectant parents accurate and reliable information/resources on pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for a newborn. The web-based, mobile-friendly format can be done from home.
Connect with us on Facebook
The Healthy Families Facebook page offers an online forum for parents/caregivers and Health Unit staff to exchange information, comments and resources on parenting and family issues.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program
This is a free, confidential and voluntary program for eligible pregnant women, new mothers, and families with children up to age six. HBHC provides advice and support immediately after a baby’s birth and at different stages afterwards to ensure children get the best start in life.
Additional Resources:Online Prenatal Program – More to Expect!
Pregnant or planning for a baby? Our free online Prenatal Program is for you!
A Healthy Pregnancy is in your Hands – Public Health Agency of Canada
24-Hour Cribside Assistance – A Manual for New Dads