Parenting Support

Pregnancy

Programs

Support and Services

For more information on pregnancy, please visit our Healthy Pregnancy page. 

Public Health Nursing Program

Regional Welcome Spaces offer free, in-person, drop-in services for residents needing income, housing and childcare subsidy support.

Nurses are available at the Welcome Spaces each week. They can answer your questions on healthy pregnancies, postpartum health, infant feeding, and healthy growth and development of children ages 0-6 years.

This service is walk-in only, no appointment needed. 

  • Cambridge Welcome Space – 150 Main Street, Cambridge
    • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kitchener Welcome Space – 20 Weber Street East, Kitchener
    • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Waterloo Welcome Space – 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo
    • Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a free, voluntary program for pregnant women and families with young children up to the child’s transition to school.

If you are eligible you may receive home visits from a Public Health Nurse and Family Visitor. The home visits will help you learn about:

  • Having a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Connecting with your baby
  • How children grow and develop
  • Being a parent
  • Breastfeeding, food and healthy eating
  • Taking care of yourself and your family
  • Other services available to you and your child in the community

If you are interested in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program call 519-575-4400 or email fhia@regionofwaterloo.ca and ask to make a referral to the program.

Breastfeeding

Supports and Services

For more information on breastfeeding, please visit our Breastfeeding page.

Healthy Eating

 Nutri-eSTEP

  • Nutri-eSTEP is an online tool to help you check if your child (18 months to five years) is a healthy eater. It asks about your child's eating habits, growth, and physical activity level.
Supports and Services

For more information on healthy eating, please visit our Healthy Eating and Children page.

Child Development

Child Development Supports and Services

  • Family Compass WR - Your first step to finding community-based services and supports for parents, youth and children in Waterloo Region.

For more information on Growth and Development, please visit our Growth and Development page.

Parenting
As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. Interacting with your child in a positive way during everyday activities helps to strengthen your relationship with your child.

You can speak to a public health nurse for parenting advice and support by calling 519-575-4400 on weekdays.

For more information on Parenting, please visit our Positive Parenting page.

Mental Health
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