Growth & Development
The Health Unit offers parenting support through the programs listed below. To make a referral or for more information, clients can contact the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.
Baby Talk Groups are drop in sessions offered to parents and caregivers of babies ages birth to 1 year old.
Value Every Kid links to information and tools to help families, schools, and communities raise healthy, caring, responsible children.
The Ontario Early Year’s Centre’s (OEYC) in Leeds and Grenville
and Lanark offer a wide variety of programs to support children age 0 – 6. Support, resources and education are also offered to parents and caregivers.
- Parenting Community Supports
A complete listing of groups and services for parenting support offered in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
- Getting Ready for Parenting
A workbook to get you thinking through the idea of parenting before you even become pregnant, or, if you’re already expecting a baby, it will help you prepare for your journey into parenthood. (Prenatal Class Outlines adapted with permission by the Best Start Resource Centre.)
- Canada Learning Bond
The Government of Canada can help you save in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). The Canada Learning Bond is $500 to help you start to save now for your child's education. Your child could get $100 every year until he or she turns 15 years of age to a maximum of $2000. This money can be used for full-time or part-time studies in: apprenticeship programs; CEGEPs; colleges; trade schools; or universities. Your child is eligible to receive the Canada Learning Bond if: he or she was born after December 31, 2003; and you receive the National Child Benefit Supplement under the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
To register in Leeds and Grenville: www.StartMyRESP.ca/LeedsGrenville
or in Lanark: www.CanLearn.ca
Perinatal Mood disorder or Postpartum Depression (PPD) is defined as depression occurring during pregnancy or within the first year following childbirth. The most common risk factors include:
- Depression or anxiety during pregnancy
- Family history of a mood disorder
- Previous history of depression or other mood disorder
- Stressful life event
- Lack of social support.
Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Being sad or tearful
- Feeling exhausted but unable to sleep
- Changes in eating or sleeping pattern
- Feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, anxious, restless, irritable or angry
It is important that woman seek help by talking to their health care provider, contacting a public health nurse, obtaining counselling, joining a support group or considering medication. Practicing self-care by resting, eating well and getting exercise are also important.
Life with a new baby is a resource for new parents. You may request a hard copy by contacting the Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853.