Submitted by Allison Brant, Family Health and Child Development Coordinator and Mary McCauley, Community Health Nurse.
A wide range of health and social programs are offered to support young children and their families at the Community Wellbeing Centre at 50 Meadow Drive in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Prenatal classes are offered through the Health Services department every Spring and Fall by the Community Health Nurses. To promote adequate maternal and infant nutritional health, food vouchers are provided to women throughout their pregnancy. Lactation consultant support services are also available for breastfeeding families. These programs are sponsored through the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP). For information about any of these programs, please contact Mary McCauley at 613-967-3603 x122.
In order for all children (aged 0-6 years) in Tyendinaga and their parents to meet their full potential, the Family Health & Child Development department offers Maternal Child Health & Healthy Babies/Healthy Children programs and Early Childhood Development services. Inquiries and referrals can be made by calling 613-967-0122 x139.
Maternal Child Health & Healthy Babies/Healthy Children programs support pregnant women and families with young children 0-6 years through home visits. To name a few examples, a home visit from a Family Visitor will provide information about self-care during pregnancy, infant care after babies are born, breastfeeding, child development, safety and links to Elders and other community supports.
Early Childhood Development focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness. Through community supports and services, and by raising awareness about FASD, the goal is to reduce FASD births in Tyendinaga and help make life better for families and their children who have FASD.
For a complete list of programs available at the Community Wellbeing Centre, please CLICK HERE.