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Healthy Parenting & Early Childhood Development

The prenatal period through the first five years of life are critically important to a child’s healthy development and strongly influence success later in life.  Healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding and healthy nutrition, parental mental well-being, safe nurturing environments and positive parenting are the most powerful influences on healthy child development. 

Major initiatives

Public Health staff work with families to promote health and well-being. Public Health Nurses offer home visits to all families after a birth.  They also provide support during pregnancy.

Families First offers home visiting supports to families with children, from pregnancy to school entry, supporting families to build a strong relationship with their child.

Imbedded in Families First, Towards Flourishing enhances the mental well-being of parents and children by introducing mental health promotion strategies for families.

Prenatal Connections provides support to pregnant people traveling from Nunavut and Churchill to give birth in Winnipeg.

Breastfeeding support groups take place five days a week in all community areas. Public Health Nurses and Public Health Dieticians are involved in Healthy Baby groups.

Healthy Parenting Winnipeg has been developed to ensure our clients have access to current and evidence informed advice and is a key tool supporting the Public Health Nurse Professional Practice Model.  The Website provides universal information on a wide variety of parenting topics spanning the prenatal to pre-school years. HPW has created standardized messaging through work with local, provincial and national experts to ensure best practices are incorporated and information is accessible to all. https://healthyparentingwinnipeg.ca


2016 Program Monitoring and Evaluation Report – HPECD

Service Area Committees

WRHA Baby Friendly Initiative Community Committee Terms of Reference  

Public Health Nursing Practice Council Terms of Reference 

Families First Practice Council Terms of Reference   


Child Protection and Child Abuse Handbook

Child Protection and Child Abuse Reporting Fact Sheet

Pamphlet of Childbirth and Postpartum Resources

Feeding Healthy Term Infants Resource Manual

Manitoba Poverty Tool:

Mental Health Promotion – Perinatal Mental Health Resources

Practice Change for Discharging Newborns at Risk for Jaundice Handout

Service Delivery Standards

Families First Program Standards

Assessment and Management of Postpartum Hypertension for Public Health Nurses

Prenatal, Postpartum and Newborn Documentation Tools:

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Educational Materials for Public Health Nurses 

Operational Guideline for Collaborative Practice between Public Health Nurses and Midwives – Perinatal Services  

Bereavement Practice Guidelines (updated 2014)

Breastfeeding Practice Guidelines for the Healthy Term Infant 

Your Home Breastfeeding Plan  (English)   (French)

Home Phototherapy Clinical Practice Guideline (Updated Oct 18, 2022)

Management of Infant and Child Dehydration due to Diarrhea 

Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Practice Guideline 2017

Operating Guidelines

Newborn Screening in Manitoba: Information for Parents

Newborn Screening in Manitoba: Information for Health Care Providers

Operational guidelines for sphygmomanometers

Operating Guidelines for Supplementation with Artificial Baby Milk

Operational Guidelines for Use of Electronic Breast Pump and Pumping Kits