January 21, 2013
Ontario is supporting new mothers in Guelph and area with the addition of a new public health nurse to help their babies get a healthy start in life.
The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program identifies expectant or new moms who may be at risk and helps them get the advice and services needed to give their children the best chance for healthy development. Expectant and new mothers who need extra help are eligible for home visits from a public health nurse who can provide advice and counselling.
Every new mother inOntariowill also receive information about infant and child development, community resources and contacts for local services.
Helping babies get a healthy start in life is another way the McGuinty government is working to ensureOntariofamilies get the support they need to give their children the best possible start.
“This is good news for our community. We know that the earlier we can find those families who need extra help, the more effective our services can be. This helps families and lessens the need for social supports down the line.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP forGuelph
“The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program has a proven track record of supporting families across the province. Hiring an additional 36 new nurses represents our strong commitment to the health and well-being ofOntario’s children and families.”
— Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“Healthy Babies Healthy Children provides the earliest possible opportunity to identify children and families who may be exposed to social and economic risk factors. The infusion of resources to this program is a true acknowledgement of its critical importance to the health and development of children in this province.”
— Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, President, Association of Local Public Health Agencies
Up to 35 per cent of Ontario families are considered to have risks that could affect their child’s development. Help is available through Ontario’s 36 public health units
For more information, please contact:
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
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