This Version Posted: September 18, 2022
The time before your baby is born is critical 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 or a pharmacy.
Unsure if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you? Here is an evidence-based resource that can help you make an informed decision on what is right for you:
- I Am Pregnant or Breastfeeding: Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? – Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health
The Ministry of Health also offers information and resources on its webpage. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is recommending COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant individuals in its Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy.
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.
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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