Pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood bring physical and emotional changes. Knowing what to expect can make these changes easier to handle and enjoy.
Parent and child services include prenatal and newborn follow-up, child health clinics, parent-infant drop-in groups, audiology, dental, and speech/language services for children up to age five. Our services are generally free-of-charge to people living in the VCH region, although some programs have eligibility criteria like age and income.
Mothers who give birth in a hospital will receive a phone call from a public health nurse within 24-48 hours after discharge from hospital.
Mothers who receive care from a midwife will receive care in the first few days from their midwife and will be contacted by a public health nurse within six to eight weeks.
If you are not contacted, you can find your local health unit and give them a call.
For additional information on caring for yourself and your baby, visit our parenting website.