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Prenatal to Early Years

Baby's Best Chance Book
BC Health Prenatal 
Families First Program
Healthy Smile Healthy Child Project
Healthy Baby Drop-In /
Step'n Out with Mom/Our Time
Looking for something to do with your little ones? Family Connections has a list of programs happening in the southern part of the region. Click here to read the 2020 list.

Your local public health nurse is an excellent resource as you start your family and seek the best information on caring for and parenting your children. Contact your local public health nurse at a 
Community Health Office near you.

Online prenatal classes are available through this site.

changes during pregnancy 
labour and birth process 
breathing and relaxation techniques for labour and delivery 
lactation and breastfeeding
postpartum adjustment 
needs of the newborn 
answers to your questions 
referrals to reliable information sources 

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4


For more information on breastfeeding support groups click here.
Breastfeeding help is offered during our Whole Baby Love sessions to those that attend the group. They are offered twice a week on Wednesdays from 10-12pm(September to June) and on Thursdays from 1-3pm (year round). Each Thursday afternoon there is a Public Health Nurse available to answer breastfeeding questions. Every second Wednesday there is a Lactation Consultant available. Please call to see which weeks she will be here. For any questions regarding programs that are offered at Growing Years please call (204)785-8218. We are open from 9-4 Monday to Friday. Please note we are closed from 12-1 for lunch each day and every Wednesday afternoon. 
Baby Friendly Manitoba: Information for Parents on Breastfeeding

Post-partum home visits - what to expect when you get home
The public health nurse in your area will contact you by phone after you are discharged from the hospital. Business hours in the Interlake-Eastern RHA are typically Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30. A home visit may be offered to provide further support on feeding your infant, infant growth and development, maternal and family questions or other concerns. If you need to speak to someone outside of normal business hours, you can call a registered nurse at Health Links toll-free 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1-888-315-9257 for any health related questions. In an emergency, always call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

Families First Program
Building strong family relationships and connecting families with resources that meet their needs are objectives of Families First. Public health nurses identify where families may benefit from information, support and/or additional resources. Some families are offered a home visitor, who can support positive parenting for up to three years by:
  • providing information on health, safety and nutrition
  • learning through play
  • exploring solutions to challenging situations
  • providing information about pregnancy
  • getting health care for your family
  • connecting to community resources
  • supporting healthy growth, development and learning
  • building strong family relationships
  • sharing information about child development

The Families First Program is delivered across the province by Community Public Health. There is no cost and it is a voluntary program that families can join anytime from prenatal period until school entry.


Visit Families First for more information.


If I had my child to raise over again,

I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.

I'd do less correcting, and more connecting.

I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less, and know to care more.

I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I'd run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.

I'd do more hugging, and less tugging.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I'd teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

- Diane Loomans


Healthy Smile Happy Child Project

The Healthy Smile/Happy Child Early Childhood Tooth Decay Prevention Project focuses on teaching and educating young parents and mothers-to-be about the importance of proper nutrition and dental hygiene. This unique project focuses on reaching young children and their parents in settings where they interact with service providers, such as early childhood education facilities.

Phone: 204-789-3500


Baby Talk - Stroller Fitness
A Public Health Drop-In Program for Parents and Infants or Toddlers. Meet other new parents and turn your walking time with baby into an indoor walking club (Sept to April) at the Selkirk Recreation Complex walking  track. Click here to find out more.

Healthy Baby Drop-In /
Step'n Out with Mom/Our Time

Funded through Healthy Child Manitoba, these programs offer community based support for pre-natal and post-partum families.

If you are pregnant or have a baby under the age of one, you can attend a Healthy Baby Program to:

§  ask questions about your pregnancy

§  learn about your baby’s growth and development

§  get to know other moms and new parents

§  learn about nutrition and health

§  get breastfeeding support

§  get parenting tips

§  connect with friendly HB  staff including: Dietitians, PHN’s , Families First home visitors

§  do activities with your baby /crafts

§  enjoy healthy snacks

§  receive milk coupons (during your pregnancy and until your baby is 6 months old)

§  Partners/support persons and older siblings are welcome!

Drop-Ins are free and no registration is required. Groups meet in various sites throughout the region on a regular basis. Provides a friendly, informal environment where women and their children can ask questions and receive current, relevant information. 


West side of Lake Winnipeg including Selkirk: 1-866-211-1703

East side of Lake Winnipeg: Shelly at (204) 345-0284, 

To connect with a Healthy Baby program in your area, call Healthy Child Manitoba toll free at 1-888-848-0140 .


Useful links:     

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Manitoba Parent Zone

Canadian Pediatric Society Caring for kids
Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness

    - One mom's experience

World Breastfeeding Awareness Week 


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