Born Healthy is a community-based support and education program for pregnant individuals and parents/caregivers with babies up to six months of age. Join us on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for conversation, connection, education and a nutritious, delicious meal. We meet in the upstairs program room at the Ladysmith Resources Centre.
Born Healthy participants learn about ways to care for their baby and themselves. Join in to learn about coping strategies, self-care, nutrition, lactation, baby feeding, baby safety, sleep, dental hygiene, baby massage, positive parenting strategies, parental rights, return-to-work, childcare, meal-planning, and locally available agencies, and other programs and community resources.
During these sessions you will receive one-on-one support and consultation. Our Outreach Worker supports women and their families via text message, phone, email, and is offering "contactless" drop-off or pick-up of essential baby-related items on an individual basis and can respond to individual requests for resources, advocacy, or referral to other professionals. She will also help arrange for contactless transfer of donated maternity/baby items
- Born Healthy brings together parents and caregivers with infants up to six months. You will find connection and a community of people on a similar journey. Participants learn how to take care of themselves and their babies with expert advice from local professionals in the areas of:
· Infant & child safety
· Infant sleep
· Feeding and nutrition
· Lactation & breastfeeding
· Maternal wellbeing
· Dental hygiene
· Eye care
· Car seat safety
· CPR & choking
· Pelvic floor health
· Infant massage
· Positive parenting & coping strategies
· And so much more
· 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – arrive and settle in/socialize
· 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – circle time and check-in
· 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – presenter
· 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. - lunch
One-on-one support and consultations are available as needed. Our Outreach Worker supports families via text message, phone and email. She can help with requests for resources, advocacy and referrals to other professionals. If you don’t have a method of transport, we can also arrange to pick you up and get you home again if you live in the Ladysmith area. You can email our outreach worker Beverly Boese at email@example.com for more information.
We offer contactless drop-off of food and clothing. We can also help arrange contactless transfer of donated maternity and baby items that are in good used condition and in-season infant clothing up to size 2T.
About Born Healthy
Born Healthy is a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and sponsored by the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. Additional funding for Born Healthy comes from community groups such as the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary. There are 44 other Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs in B.C.
Born Healthy provides support and education for pregnant people and parents/caregivers with babies up to 6 months. Emphasis is on helping families develop a healthy lifestyle in order to have the healthiest pregnancy and healthiest baby possible. Born Healthy provides nutrition education (including prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding and infant feeding), counselling, mental health education, parenting information and promotes self-care practices. Born Healthy provides prenatal vitamins and bus tickets for those who need financial assistance. Social support is an important part of Born Healthy.
For more information & support
Jessica Raymond, Born Healthy Coordinator
Beverly Boese, Born Healthy Outreach Worker
It all began early in 1992 at a meeting of the Ladysmith Inter-Agency Liaison Committee, a group of representatives from the government-mandated agencies formed in the early 1970s to maximize cooperation among the agencies while minimizing the duplication of services.
In 1992, this group pooled some of their own money and decided to form a non-profit association to try to deal with these recurring situations. This became the foundation of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.
Ream more about our history HERE.