Babies & Pregnancy

Programs and services for expectant mothers, new parents and their babies. A team of health professionals – including health promoters, dietitians and nurse practitioners, social workers and physicians -- provide information and support for a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and a great first year together. Note: Some programs are offered outside the South Riverdale Community Health Centre through partner organizations

Available:

One-to-one support and help for women who are having difficulties breastfeeding. Geared towards Chinese speaking clients (due to a lack of resources for Chinese speaking clients in the Greater Toronto Area), but available to English clients as well.
Learn about substances that may be putting your child’s health at risk. Information and practical options, research and support for making changes in your home, school or community organization.
One-to-one counseling for parents and families who would like to talk to a social worker. Short-term only. Common issues could include: adjusting to parenthood getting enough sleep taking care of yourself dealing with stress coping with isolation child behaviour blended families parenting styles
A weekly, drop-in for Chinese-speaking parents or caregivers of children under one year of age, and also expectant parents. Sessions are planned and run by a inter-professional team made up of a Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian and Health Promoter. The sessions are interactive, educational, fun and provides opportunity for caregivers and their children to interact freely.
Parents and caregivers meet, take part in discussions and enjoy activities with their children. All groups are led by a health promoter, with social workers, dietitians and nurses presenting information and answering questions. 8 sessions, 2 ½ hours each. Each session includes a 30-minute discussion, as well as time to share information.
A group program that offers information and support to new mothers who are feeling sad, overwhelmed, anxious or alone. The Postpartum Adjustment Program is offered in conjunction with Toronto Public Health, Alternatives (East York Mental Health Counseling Agency), the Toronto East General Hospital and the South East Toronto Family Health Team. Free childcare and snacks provided.
Ask questions, share concerns and learn about breastfeeding in a 2-hour workshop for expectant mothers. The group is led by a certified lactation consultant / primary care nurse practitioner.
Exposure to certain everyday substances in our homes, workplace and outdoor environment can have harmful effects during pregnancy. Our environmental health promoters and informal resources can help you avoid unnecessary risks. Services Fact sheets, training materials, workshops and presentations
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