Looks like Scott and I finished the City of Hamilton’s public health prenatal course. Does this mean we know what to do with a baby? Heck no! As much as they discuss “life with baby” (part 2 is post-birth), I can assure you we will not remember come June. However, they must know this since they send everyone home with plenty of handouts with helpful resources just a phone call away. Is it bad that the most memorable part was the Slurp! Ramen we got again at the Farmers Market afterwards?? Just kidding. The course was super helpful and it got us talking about all the various things we learned over our slurpy, delicious soup. I figure it is great for current, future, or just plain interested people to know what we have here in Hamilton to raise a baby- so read on below if you’d like to know more!
Aside from learning how much we really DON’T need to purchase for a newborn (crib mobiles, newborn mittens…..the list goes on!), I thought to focus on the community and city resources we have to help make raising a newborn, a bit easier. As luck would have it, they are ALL located downtown! Another win for the city! Here they are in no particular order:
Need tips on installing a car seat?
- Health Connections Hamilton: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/car-seats
Need help with breastfeeding? Lots of local options!
- City of Hamilton Public Health: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/clinics-services/public-health-breastfeeding-services
- Hamilton Regional Lactation Committee: http://www.breastfeedinghelphamilton.ca
- Hamilton Health Sciences (Newborn Assessment Post-Discharge Clinic/ N.A.P): 905-521-2100 ext. 76347
- St. Joseph’s Healthcare: Breastfeeding & Newborn Assessment Clinic (BANA): 905-522-1155 ext. 33485
Want to ensure your baby is sleeping safely?
- City of Hamilton Public Health: http://hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/safe-sleep
How do I cope with a crying baby?
- City of Hamilton Public Health: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/coping-infant-crying
It’s great knowing our public health unit and local organizations are all readily available for any support you need if/when you have a little one. No one starts off knowing everything, so reach out! Ask questions and get support. That is what they are there for 🙂