Pre- and Postnatal Health

Pinecrest-Queensway offers a variety of free health promotion programs designed to provide new and expecting parents with support, education and resources.

Healthy Start Parent Support

PQCHC’s Healthy Start Parent Support program is offered free of charge to parents from the prenatal period up to the child’s second year of age.  While most infant health programs focus entirely on the health of the child, Healthy Start operates with the understanding that the health of the parent is equally important.

The Healthy Start team includes a Parent Support Worker, dietitian and a nurse/lactation consultant. They offer families assistance with breastfeeding, pre- and postnatal nutrition, infant nutrition and advice for promoting healthy long-term development in children. Clients can receive services in English and French.

Families are also invited to take part in informative, interesting workshops on topics including

  • Introduction to Solids and Making your own Baby Food
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding
  • Caring for your Sick Child
  • Infant Massage
  • Make the Connection
  • Musical Playground

Infant Massage Instructional Video

Breastfeeding Drop-In

Pinecrest-Queensway operates a breastfeeding support drop-in program Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The drop-in program is supported by two qualified nurses and/or laction consultants and a Parent Support Worker.  Clients can receive services in English and French.  For more information, please call 613-820-4922 ext. 3604.

Baby-led Latch Instructional Video

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Eating right during pregnancy is one of the most important things a mother can do for herself and for her baby. The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program at PQCHC is a chance to meet other pregnant women and new moms to pick up tips to ensure a healthy pregnancy, all while having some fun in the kitchen! Helpful staff host regular cooking sessions featuring easy, delicious recipes, and there are nutritious food and snacks that are free to take home. Nurses and dietitians are available to provide breastfeeding support and general pre- and postnatal nutrition information.

The CPNP program also provides free bus tickets and food vouchers. Childcare is available at most locations.

Women can register for this program at any point in their pregnancy and stay until their child is 6 months old, and service is available in English and French. For more information on Pinecrest-Queensway’s Healthy Start Parent Support program, contact 613-820-4922 ext. 3562.

Parenting in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Heath offers several Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins for parents with baby’s newborn up to 1 year.  This is a parent’s opportunity to meet with a public health nurse who can assess the baby’s growth and development, answer questions, provide breastfeeding support and make appropriate referrals.

The Parenting in Ottawa drop-in is offered Fridays from 9:30 to 11 am, and does not require an appointment. For more information, call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744, or visit the OPH website for other locations.