About Us

Created by experts in prenatal education, child development and parenting, the Welcome to Parenting program is designed to give you all the critical information you need to experience pregnancy and parenthood in the most positive way possible - to help you become the parents you dream of being!

The program has been rigorously tested and evaluated with expectant and new parents just like you. Leading program designers, researchers and parent educators designed this course to reflect exactly what expectant and new parents need and want to know as they experience pregnancy and parenthood.

All class content has been filtered by experts to reflect all current and relevant information and strategies for expectant and new parents!

About North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is dedicated to the:

  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles including nutrition, active living, reproductive, sexual and dental health, and child development
  • Prevention of tobacco use, substance and alcohol misuse, and injuries; as well as diseases through genetics counselling and clinical services for vaccination, dental, and sexual health
  • Protection of our communities from infectious diseases and environmental hazards in food, water, air, and soil
  • Preparation for, response to and support towards recovery from major emergencies

Through the Health Unit, the Healthy Families Program operates to support families throughout the different stages of parenthood. They provide preconception and prenatal health education (such as this online prenatal course), infant feeding support, breastfeeding clinics, parenting education, and much more.

The Healthy Families Team works in collaboration with health care providers, hospitals, and community partners to support healthy growth and development.

For more information, visit the Health Unit website at www.myhealthunit.ca where you’ll find parenting and pregnancy information, including resources and a list of our services.

The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families

The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, a longtime friend of Invest in Kids, assumed leadership for the Welcome to Parenting program once Invest in Kids closed its operations in 2010. For over 30 years, the Phoenix Centre, a children’s mental health treatment centre has been administrated by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the provincial government.

The Phoenix Centre is host to a number of national organizations who share a common goal - to better the lives of children, youth and families across the country.

Their belief is that the family is the most basic and important of all society's institutions and the child can best be treated within the context of the family unit. Their efforts are directed towards affirming the dignity and worth of each child and family, so as to enhance the integrity of the family unit.

The Phoenix Centre is host to a number of local, national and international programs which share a common goal - to better the lives of children, youth and families across the country. Visit www.phoenixctr.com; www.friendsandneighboursclub.ca

Invest in Kids

This comprehensive program was originally designed and tested by the many experts and professionals at Invest in Kids, a national charity dedicated to helping parents be the parents they dream of being. For 17 years, Invest in Kids created parenting resources for expectant parents and families with young children, worked with a range of professionals serving families with young children and conducted research to better understand the world that expectant parents and parents of young children live in. Very little is known about how parents think and feel about their role as parents; Invest in Kids uncovered findings that impacted government policy, and ultimately were shared through a series of national public awareness campaigns.

Sadly, due to funding challenges, Invest in Kids was forced to close in October 2010. However, their work and accomplishments live on. The Welcome to Parenting program and www.parents2parents.ca are two of their greatest legacies.

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