Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Support available for new parents seven days a week across the City.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and its community partners want to ensure that parents and caregivers of babies up to the age of one can consult with an OPH nurse about a variety of topics, and seek the advice of a lactation consultant seven days a week at various locations across the City of Ottawa.

On Sunday (June 2) at the St. Laurent Complex, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, member of the Ottawa Board of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, and Catherine Dubois, Executive Director of the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre launched the newest Baby Express drop-in at the St. Laurent Complex.

“OPH and its City and community partners recognize the importance of having timely access to information and support for parents and caregivers of infants,” said Dr. Fullerton. “The new Baby Express location will ensure that babies get the best possible start in life.”

“The launch of this new location is timely as earlier this month, OPH achieved Baby-Friendly Initiative designation from the World Health Organization,” said Dr. Etches. “This designation demonstrates that OPH protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding and is committed to ensuring the healthy growth and development of infants.”

“I am happy to be working in collaboration with OPH’s Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program,” said Catherine Dubois. “Partnerships such as this one are essential in meeting the community’s needs.”

The newest Baby Express drop-in at 525 Côté Street offers support to parents and caregivers every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This newest location is a great addition to the existing sites across the City of Ottawa offering parents and caregivers of babies up to age one, the opportunity to consult a public health nurse on topics such as infant nutrition, breastfeeding, mental health, safety and being a new parent. Lactation consultants are also available at the breastfeeding support drop-ins and at many of the Baby Express drop-ins.

For more information on the Baby Express and Breastfeeding Support Drop-In, visit ottawa.ca/health or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744, (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook, Twitter @ottawahealth, on our Blog and now on Pinterest.

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