New Parent Resources

Baby Breastfeeding

Contact(s)

Health Unit Services

As a new parent you may find value in many of the resources, supports and services offered by the Health Unit including: 

Help is just around the corner. To speak with a Public Health Nurse please call 705-474-1400 ext. 5351 or 1-800-536-2808  or email healthy.families@healthunit.ca.

Feeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding Phone Support and Clinics

Call 705-474-1400 x 5351 or toll-free 1-800-563-2808 Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm for breastfeeding support over the phone or to book a breastfeeding clinic appointment (breastfeeding clinics offer one on one support). For breastfeeding clincs visit our breastfeeding page.

Email the Healthy Families Team at: healthy.families@healthunit.ca

Telehealth Ontario 24/7 Breastfeeding Support Line

For evening and weekend breastfeeding support call 1-866-797-0000.

Breastfeeding Matters Booklet - From Best Start 

An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families. 

Join us on Facebook!

Laugh, Latch and Learn. In the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. 

Introducing Solids

The Best Start Centre's guide to help you feed your baby from six months to one year. 

Local Parenting Support

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Home Visiting Program

The HBHC Home Visiting Program offers home visits by a Public Health Nurse and Family Home Visitor to expectant mothers and families of young children who would benefit in-home support. 

To find out more please call 705-474-1400 x 5351, toll free at 1-800-563-2808 or email us at healthy.families@healthunit.ca

Parenting Workshops: Triple P Positive Parenting Group

A variety of parenting classes are offered throughout our community.  For more information call 705-474-1400  x 5285 or toll free at 1-800-563-2808.

Local Playgroups

Ontario EarlyON Centres

An interactive drop-in program for children and their families, from birth to six years of age.

Nipissing Area (including North Bay)
https://www.communitylivingnorthbay.org/services/ontario-early-years-centre-nipissing/

West Nipissing

http://www.wnccc.ca/wncccresourcecentreenglish.htm

East and West Parry Sound Area
http://www.foreverychild.ca/programs/

Postpartum Mood Disorders (Depression and/or Anxiety)

Best Start Resource Centre

Bringing home a new baby can be exciting but can also be overwhelming. It is helpful to understand the differences between the postpartum mood disorders and to know what to do if they happen.

Growing and Developing 

Healthy Babies Healthy Brains 

 The Best Start Resource Centre provides parents practical ways to support their young child's brain development. 

LookSee - Developmental Checklists

The Looksee Checklist is a simple, easy-to-use developmental tool designed to help monitor a child’s development from 1 month to 6 years of age, featuring a short list of “yes” or “no” questions about the child’s abilities.

Car Seat Safety

Rear-facing Car Seats: Keeping Kids Safe

Transport Canada's brochure provides tips on properly installing a rear-facing seat.

Dad Central

Dad Central Ontario

Dad Central is a place where fatherhood matters in the healthy development of children. They also have a Facebook page you can follow. 

Smoking Cessation Support

Smokers' Helpline

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808