Postpartum & Postnatal

Healthy Development

Postpartum/Postnatal

The early days, weeks and months following the birth of a new baby is a time of adjustment for most parents. To support this transition, Public Health Services across Nova Scotia provide support to all families, with a focus on the promotion of health and prevention of illness and injury.

Healthy Babies, Healthy Families: Postpartum and Postnatal Guidelines

The Healthy Babies, Healthy Families: Postpartum and Postnatal Guidelines support implementation of programs and services for families at the community level.

The guidelines focus on the following key areas: physiological stability of mother and baby; infant feeding nutrition and growth monitoring; psychosocial/family adjustment; parent-child attachment and parenting; building on capacities and strengths of families; transition to home and community; family access to community support; healthy lifestyles and environments; collaborative practice; and professional competency.

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