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Parenting

The Health Unit provides parenting information and support through drop-ins, workshops and the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting program. See the calendar at the bottom of this page for upcoming scheduled events.

Please note: Parent Child Drop-ins for 2020 are cancelled. Under One Clubs, Baby and Me, Breastfeeding Drop-ins and classes/workshops are cancelled until further notice. We are offering by appointment Breastfeeding and Parent Child Wellness Clinic appointments.

Please call the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-8651 ext. 589 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for any questions or concerns, or to schedule a Breastfeeding and Parent Child Wellness Clinic appointment. For any questions related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) call RCDHU at 613-735-8654 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page.

RCDHU is now offering by appointment Breastfeeding and Parent Child Wellness Clinics. Spend one-on-one time with a Public Health Nurse and get support as well as answers to your questions about feeding, sleeping, crying and other parenting inquiries. Clinics are open to families with children age zero to six.

Clinic locations:

  • Pembroke (RCDHU Main Office) – Breastfeeding Clinic
  • Pembroke (RCDHU Main Office) – Parent Child Wellness Clinic
  • Renfrew (RCDHU Office) – Parent Child Wellness Clinic
  • Arnprior (EarlyON® Centre) – Parent Child Wellness Clinic

For more information and to book an appointment:

  • call: the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-865 ext. 589 / 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589, or
  • email: familyhealth@rcdhu.com.

Baby and Me

Baby and Me is a baby group provided in partnership with Jubilee Place, a community house that provides support to families who are pregnant or have young children. Come with your baby (0-12 months) to:

  • play and meet other parents
  • talk with a Public Health Nurse to ask questions and gain information
  • have your baby’s weight and development checked by a Public Health Nurse.

No appointment is needed. Transportation is available and can be arranged by calling Jubilee Place at 613-732-8434.

Where and When

Pembroke (Jubilee Place, 1144 Lea Street)

  • Every Monday, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Please note: A Public Health Nurse attends Baby and Me every other Monday.

You can also view/download the Parent Child Drop-ins, Under One Clubs & Baby and Me schedule (PDF 2 pages).

Jubilee Prenatal Classes

A Public Health Nurse provides prenatal education in 5 to 6 weekday sessions. Lunch and transportation are provided.

Where and When

Weekday Series (Mondays, from  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at Jubilee Place (1144 Lea Street, Pembroke, ON)

  • Dates to be determined.

For more information and to register, call Jubilee Place at 613-732-8434.

Nobody’s Perfect is a facilitated parenting program for parents of children from birth to age five. The program is designed to strengthen positive parenting skills for parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education offered in communities.

This FREE program is delivered over six two-hour sessions and childcare as well as snacks are provided. During the program, you will be able to:

  • meet with other parents of young children
  • share questions, concerns and ideas about being a parent
  • learn about child development, safety, health and behaviour
  • discuss real-life parenting situations
  • work together with the support of a trained Nobody’s Perfect facilitator and
  • discover positive ways of parenting.

To learn more about the program, visit the Nobody’s Perfect website. For more information and to register, call the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-8651 ext. 589 OR 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589.

PLEASE NOTE: All upcoming 2020 Parent Child Drop-in Events are CANCELLED.

 

Spend one-on-one time with a Public Health Nurse and get support as well as answers to your questions about feeding, sleeping, crying and other parenting inquiries. No appointment needed, open to families with children age zero to six.

When Sprouting Speech is offered at Parent Child Drop-in, a Speech Language Pathologist can assess your child’s speech and language skills and discuss any concerns you have. For more information visit https://www.firstwords.ca/.

Where and When

Important: Dear residents of Renfrew County and District, in order to ensure optimal health for all in Renfrew County and District, we have decided to postpone all clinics and classes until further notice.

Parent Child Drop-Ins are held regularly in 11 locations. See the Parent Child Drop-ins, Under One Clubs & Baby and Me schedule (PDF 2 pages) or see the calendar for upcoming Parent Child Drop-Ins.

For more information:

email: familyhealth@rcdhu.com, or
call: the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-8651 ext. 589 OR 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589.

Come to the Under One Club with your baby (0-12 months) to play and meet other parents. A Public Health Nurse is available for questions about infant feeding, parenting and much more.  A scale is available to weigh your baby and parenting resources are also available. No appointment is necessary.

Where and When

Important: Dear residents of Renfrew County and District, in order to ensure optimal health for all in Renfrew County and District, we have decided to postpone all clinics and classes until further notice.

Pembroke

  • Location: EarlyON Child and Family Centre Pembroke, 464 Isabella Street
  • Day and time: Every Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Deep River

  • Location: EarlyON Centre, St-Mary’s Catholic School, 33110 D HWY 17 E
  • Day and time: Every Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Pembroke (French)

  • Location: Les Petites Mains On y Va, 1253 rue Pembroke ouest
  • Day and Time: Every Thursday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Barry’s Bay

  • Location: St. John Bosco School, 99 Peter Street
  • Day and Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

You can also view/download the Parent Child Drop-ins, Under One Clubs & Baby and Me schedule (PDF 2 pages) or see the RCDHU calendar.

For more information:

  • email: familyhealth@rcdhu.com, or
  • call: the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-8651 ext. 589 OR 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589.

Understanding Your Baby’s Crying

Attend this free workshop to learn more about:

  • why babies cry;
  • how to calm and soothe your crying baby; and
  • tips for taking care of yourself when your baby cries.

Understanding Your Child’s Cues

Attend this free workshop to learn more about:

  • understanding your child’s cues from birth to age 2;
  • how babies and toddlers let parents/caregivers know what they need;
  • how to interpret the cues of babies and young children; and
  • the importance of responding to their cues in kind and caring ways.

Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits

Attend this free workshop to learn more about:

  • safe sleep practices;
  • ways to handle challenges at bedtime;
  • tools to create a positive bedtime; and
  • how to help your child develop healthy sleep habits.

For more information about additional classes/workshops and to register:

  • email: familyhealth@rcdhu.com, or
  • call: the Family Health Intake Line at 613-735-8651 ext. 589 OR 1-800-276-1097 ext. 589.

Upcoming Parent Child Drop-in Events

Upcoming Under One Club Events

Upcoming Baby and Me Events

Pembroke Office

TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000