Manitoba has various in-home and community supports to help you along your journey to recovery. Some programs have specific requirements, while others are available to all Manitobans. Some services are free and some have a cost. See below for details on each service.
Healthy Baby Community Support Programs
These are free programs offered throughout Manitoba which support a new mother during pregnancy up until the first year postpartum.
- The Healthy Baby Program is run by outreach workers, dieticians and public health nurses.
- Visit the following link for more information on the Healthy Baby Program and to find a location near you.
Families First Program
This Program offers home visiting supports to eligible families with children from pregnancy to school age.
- Call your local Public Health Office for more information on the Families First Program.
- See the following link for more information on the Families First Program: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/familiesfirst/index.html
- Families First Brochure: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/familiesfirst/brochure.pdf
Parent Child Coalitions are a place to help support parenting, improve children’s nutrition and literacy and help build families within their own communities through various resources and community organizations across Manitoba.
- See the following link for more information. http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/parentchild
Healthy Start for Mom and Me
Healthy Start for Mom and Me is a federally funded program that offers expectant moms, teens and new mothers and their partners with support from the prenatal period and beyond.
- The program is run by outreach workers, dieticians and public health nurses.
- There are 9 different locations in Winnipeg. See their website for location details (http://www.hsmm.ca/wp/?page_id=5).
- Some of their services include:
- Free Prenatal & postnatal drop-in classes (on-site babysitting available)
- Home visits by outreach workers (as needed by participants)
Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc.
Postpartum Doulas provide non-judgemental guidance on newborn care and feeding, assist the mother with physical and emotional recovery, care for baby so mother can care for herself, and provide some light house keeping. They can assist you with your needs making it easier for you to parent your new baby.
- Postpartum doulas do not provide medical services or treatments for mother or baby, nor do they provide heavy housekeeping.
- They are a great option for extra in-home support after having a baby.
- There is a cost associated with their services.
- Visit their website for more information: www.birthrootsdoulas.com
- Phone: 204-792-6769
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nest Family Centre
Nest Family Centre is Winnipeg’s only Family Centre created by an experienced health care professional.
- Nest offers education and support from pre-conception up to kindergarten in a wide variety of fun and interactive classes and workshops.
- Check out their website at http://nestfamilycentre.com or call them at 204-453-8160 for more information.
Offers the Young Parents Program. A program specifically for teen moms who have lived in Foster care. The Young Parents Program provides guidance and support on parenting and independent living. MaryMound workers help with finding daycare, travel to doctors appointments, and provide in-home respite to give you a break when you need it.
- The Young Parents Program is offered in both Winnipeg and Thompson. For more information on this program, call 204-944-7404
- Marymound Thompson also offers Babie’s Best Start, a prenatal nutrition program which also offers education and support for moms of newborn infants up until 12 months of age.
- The Babies Best Start program offers group programs, home visits, breastfeeding support, cooking tips and food/milk vouchers. There is also transportation and child care assistance available.
- For more information, call 204-677-4331 or visit their website http://www.marymound.com/wp/
Family Dynamics (also known as the Family Centre) is a Winnipeg community based agency that is devoted to strengthening families and building supportive communities.
- They offer a Family Support Program, which provides in-home supports to families in need. You may qualify for this program if your family is experiencing an illness or hospitalization, has a hard time dealing with parenting and child behavior, has had twins or triplets, or if you are feeling overwhelmed and having a hard time adjusting to parenthood.
- There is a cost that is based on a sliding scale and can be subsidized.
- To see if this program is right for you, call the Family Support Intake Worker at 204-947-1401 or visit their website at http://www.familydynamics.ca/families/in-home-family-support/
Villa Rosa Inc.
Villa Rosa is a prenatal and postnatal residence offering a wide variety of programs in a safe and nurturing environment.
- Any single, pregnant woman or new mother can access their services.
- Visit their website for more details: http://www.villarosa.mb.ca/page12/page12.html
- Phone: 204-786-5741
- Location: 784 Wolseley Avenue.
Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba
The Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba (IWAM) is an organization that provides programs and services to immigrant women and their families.
- IWAM provides women with support, information and referral to other community services and government agencies.
- Visit their website for more information: http://www.iwamanitoba.org
- Location: 108-424 Logan Avenue
- Phone: 204-414-9452
Family Centres are community resources that provide services and supports for families. See the following link for a list of Community & Family Support Centres in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Community Health Offices
To find your local public health nurse and community health office, see the following link:
Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba
To contact the Different Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba, see the following link:
Winnipeg Regional Healthy Authority (WRHA) Breastfeeding Drop-in Clinics:
To find a breastfeeding drop-in clinic near you, visit the following link: