The free registered program is for pregnant women needing extra support due to limited resources, isolation and/or health issues. You can attend until your infant reaches 6 weeks of age. The program runs weekly at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House at 511 Constance Avenue. Lunch is provided.
The Best Babies services are offered through a team of professionals including a VIHA Public Health Nurse, VIHA Dietitian, and the ENHS Program Support and Outreach Worker.
The services include:
Lunch and Cooking demonstrations
Pre and post natal education
Food Vouchers at attendance
Connections to VIHA and other community resources
The ENHS Best Babies worker can meet with participants individually at their home, at ENHS or in the Westshore to provide supportive counseling, information and referral to other community organization. The worker can help participants to:
Identify goals for the pregnancy
Develop plans for birth and early parenting
Explore income and housing options
Discuss partner and/or family relationships
Provide extra support
And to discover local programs for new parents
The ENHS Best Babies staff meet with you shortly after you join the program, at 4 – 6 weeks prior to delivery, and again a few weeks after the birth of your child. Additional supportive appointments are available depending on individual need and/or requests. Call us at ENHS 250-385-2635 ext 203 for further information.
Intake to the Best Babies program is through the following contacts: Esquimalt Neighbourhood House – 250-385-2635 ext 203; Esquimalt Health Unit – Telephone 250-519-5311.
511 Constance Avenue
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House – 250-385-2635 ext 203
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