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.
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.
For information on postpartum/postnatal programs, contact your local
Public Health Office