At Healthy Pregnancy, you will find information about a variety of topics relevant to pregnant women, including:
- Labor and birth
- Nutritional tips
- Post-partum depression
- Herbal remedies, medications, and drugs
- Communicable diseases
Ottawa Public Health offers a variety of options for prenatal education to meet the needs of Ottawa residents. All classes/programs are facilitated by a Public Health Nurse. The following options are available:
- Young Parents Pregnancy Circle (up to 25 years of age)
- Online prenatal classes for all
- In person prenatal classes to supplement the online class
- Pregnancy Circles for expecting parents who need more support
- Prenatal classes offered by other agencies
For more information on these classes/programs, visit: Prenatal Classes/Programs offered in Ottawa.
For information about other services offered by the City of Ottawa for expectant or new parents, please contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line to speak with a public health nurse. We may be able to help guide you to classes that would best suit your needs. Tel: 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) or 311.
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children
A free home visiting program for pregnant women and families with children from birth until transition to school.
- Service in the language you speak
- We are here to answer your questions about pregnancy and parenting; call us at: 613-580-6744.
After your baby is born, a Public Health Nurse will:
- Call you to assess your health and the health of your newborn
- Offer support and answer your questions about such things as parenting, feeding, safety, and growth and development
As your child grows, we can help by:
- Providing information about different programs in your community
- Connecting you and your family to resources
- Based on your needs and goals, your family may benefit from home visits from a Public Health Nurse, Social Worker and Family Visitor.
Infant Care and feeding
Baby Express and Breastfeeding Support Drop-ins
If you need help with breastfeeding or have questions about your baby, you can come to one of many FREE drop-ins. Baby Express Drop-ins offer breastfeeding and well baby support by a Public Health Nurse to parents of babies up to one year of age. Breastfeeding Support Drop-ins offer breastfeeding support by a Lactation Consultant. For schedule and location details, visit: Support drop-ins.
Ottawa Breastfeeding Buddies
A mom-to-mom breastfeeding telephone support program where volunteers who have experience breastfeeding, provide support to pregnant and new moms of babies up to 6 months of age. For information on how to connect with a Breastfeeding Buddy, visit: Get help with breastfeeding.
At Feeding Your Baby, you will find information about a variety of topics relevant to new parents, including:
- Deciding how to feed your baby
- Preparing baby food
- Introducing solids
Car Seat Safety
For information about car seat safety, how to properly install a car seat, and the progression from car seats to booster seats and seat belts, visit: Child Passenger Safety.
Resources for Dads
Being a parent is not an easy job. Here are some websites you may find helpful:
24-Hour Cribside Assistance was made by dads, for dads. They provide answers to basic questions about babies, new moms and new dads.
Dad Central Ontario provides great parenting information for all dads, including free booklets and articles that are available by download. You will also find links to fathering websites from around the world.
The Parent Resource Centre has a Parent Education Calendar to help you find a parenting workshop or a playgroup to enjoy with your child. Search this calendar to find programs for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 6 years of age. Most programs are open to all parents and there are also programs just for dads.