Pre- and Postnatal Health
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre offers many free programs to help expecting and new parents requiring support, education and resources.
Healthy Start Parent Support
PQCHC’s Healthy Start Parent Support Program is offered free of charge to pregnant families and their babies up to two years old. At PQCHC, we consider the health and well-being of both you and your baby is to be very important and are here for your whole family.
The Healthy Start team includes a registered early childhood educator, dietitian and a nurse-lactation consultant. This team is there to help your family with breastfeeding, maternal nutrition, during and after pregnancy, nutrition for your baby, and parenting support to help your baby grow up healthy and happy. Our staff speak both English and French.
The Healthy Start Parent Support Program also offers fun and educational workshops on topics like:
- Making your own baby food
- Prenatal breastfeeding
- Caring for your sick child
- Infant massage
- Attachment (making the connection)
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre runs a breastfeeding support drop-in program on Tuesdays afternoons. Our lactation consultant is also available Friday mornings during the Parenting in Ottawa drop-in. You can also connect with our registered early childhood educator during these drop-in times.
For more information, please call 613-820-4922 ext. 3604.
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (Buns in the Oven)
Eating well during pregnancy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your baby. The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program at PQCHC can help you to have a healthier pregnancy, meet other pregnant women and new moms and have some fun in the kitchen!
Helpful staff host weekly cooking sessions where you can make and try easy, delicious recipes. Our nurse, dietician, and registered early childhood educator are available to help you with breastfeeding support, nutrition, and everything you need to know about being pregnant and having a baby.
We can also help with transportation, the provision of food vouchers (every second week) and childcare for your other children.
You are able to register for this program at any point during your pregnancy and stay until your baby is six months old. Our staff speak both English and French. For more information on Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s Healthy Start Parent Support program, please contact 613-820-4922 ext. 3562.
Parenting in Ottawa
Ottawa Public Health offers several Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins for parents with babies ages newborn to one year of age. This drop-in is an opportunity for parents 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 a.m., and does not require an appointment. For more information, please call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744, or visit the OPH website for other locations.
Call: 613-820-4922 ext. 3604