Babymoon Breastfeeding Café will be offered on the 2ndThursday of the month at Family Matters in Lawrencetown and on the last Friday of the month at Champlain Elementary School starting in April (the 10th in Lawrencetown, the 25th at Champlain Elementary). The groups will be from 10:00-11:30 with childcare for older siblings and limited transportation. Please call Family Matters for more details 1-902-584-2210 or toll free 1-800-399-7119.
Birth Injury Guide – Is my child displaying symptoms of a birth injury? What exactly is a birth injury and how did this happen? Is my doctor to blame? What should I do once I find out my child has a birth injury? What will life with a child with a birth injury look like, and what is the prognosis of certain birth injuries?
Breast Pump Loans – Family Matters centre in Lawrencetown offers a breast pump loan service that allows mothers to borrow a Purely Yours Breast Pump for a minimal fee to cover a hygiene kit. Please contact Family Matters or your local public health nurse for further information.
Cord Blood Banking – Cord blood banking has been used to treat over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. More awareness can help save the lives of children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Our mission is to help promote the benefits of cord blood to help communities around the country better understand how they can benefit and help save the lives of children in need. Here is a free downloadable guide as well as user friendly content relating to cord blood and how cord blood banking works. Get Guide.
Early Childhood Intervention Support Program (Valley Child Development Association) – is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides early intervention services for children with special needs (birth to five). This is a great organization for for families struggling with developmental and/or behavioural issues. There’s in-home support and a toy library available.
Family Matters – Lawrencetown serving Annapolis County – It’s aim is to develop, coordinate and deliver programs, services, and support that are proven to promote the health and well being of children aged 0 to 6 years and their families, guardians, and caregivers in Annapolis County. Family Matters also has a variety of great programs and services for new parents (and new again parents).
Family Resource Centre of West Hants – Windsor, offers supports for parents and children. They offer a series of playgroups and programs. They also offer breastfeeding cafes and support.
Freedomline Doula Services: Supporting woman and couples through their journey of pregnancy, birth and new born care. They also offer belly-casting sessions.
Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre – All of our GMFRC programs and services are offered to our military community members, and when possible, extended to our civilian community members. The GMFRC is proud to offer a safe, friendly, helpful haven to all of our military families.
Jill Forse Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy.Also consider acupuncture during your pregnancy and birth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, vomiting and significantly reducing the duration of labor. There is also strong evidence that acupuncture can help with a breech birth. Doula services also available.
Kings County Breastfeeding Peer Support Group: Welcomes all interested women to a weekly drop-in breastfeeding support group. The peer support group provides a place where women can learn more about breastfeeding, connect with other breastfeeding mothers, and receive mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and advice. The weekly group will be facilitated by volunteers, with the support of Annapolis Valley Health Public Health staff. For more information, please contact 678-2446.
Kings County Family Resource Centre, Kentville – The Centre is dedicated to supporting healthy family development by providing progressive parent, child and personal development programs. They also have a toy lending library. They are licensed to screen, approve and provide support to child care providers who wish to become approved with our agency. They also help families seeking child care and assist to match them with approved family homes in our area. Families are able to utilize portable subsidy in our approved family homes. The agency services are free to both families seeking child care and to child care providers wanting to become approved. They provide free professional development and advertiseing as well as lend equipment and resources to our child care providers such as nap mats, cribs, high chairs, fencing etc.
Loving Touch Massage Instruction – Wofville, I teach baby massage because I know the face-to-face interactions and nurturing touch can foster communication with your baby. Infant massage can also help parents bond with a new baby and can help reduce baby’s stress as well as aid with digestion, sleep, immunity, development and sensory integration. Classes are a quiet place to meet other new parents and gain confidence in your parenting abilities.
Mommy & Me Ultrasounds -located in Kentville, Mommy & Me offers 2D, 3D, 4D and HD elective ultrasounds. We are here to provide you with an amazing bonding experience with your baby and to create memories for a lifetime. We are focused on providing high quality services to all our clients and their families.
New Mothers Resource Clinic – Cheryl Smith, Lactation Consultant: 678-7381 ext. 3054 (offers breastfeeding support and classes)
Parents of Multiple Births Association (POMBA) – is a non-profit organization of parents and guardians of multiple birth children. Our purpose is to provide moral support to each other and to open communication channels with the community on the unique situation of multiple births. Although there is not a separate Valley chapter, there are families living in the Valley area, supporting each other. We do our best to link all those families that express interest with the best possible resources and information.
Peek a Boo Baby 3D ultrasounds, Kentville – specializes in the area of non-diagnostic 3D and 4D ultrasounds. Through use of a revolutionary imaging device, our ultrasounds offer expectant mothers a detailed image of the baby’s face and body.
Prenatal Classes with Valley Doulas – Valley Doulas provide various childbirth education options for pregnant women and families. Sessions alternate between a 5 week prenatal class series and weekend workshops. Private in-home sessions are also available. For more information on the class/workshop schedule, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (902)678-2446 (Dawn Hare).
Sobeys – Sobeys Pharmacy is offering new moms the Baby Be Healthy Program for FREE! You will receive the following: FREE Prenatal Vitamins, FREE Pharmacist Consultation, FREE Welcome Kit, E-Newsletter, Ongoing Support, and Baby Savings. Talk to your Sobey’s Pharmacist to sign up.
Toy Lending Library – Want to try out some different toys? Don’t have enough funds to purchase toys? The Kings County Family Resource Centre has a toy lending library where you can sign out various toys. There is also a Toy Lending Library through Family Matters centre in Lawrencetown.
Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, Kentville – The Centre offers a series of services, programs, support and supplies for those who are in an unplanned pregnancy situation.
Valley Circle of Friends is a support group for families and their support system who have experienced a pregnancy of infant loss. This support group enables you to meet other parents who understand your experience. Meetings take place every 2nd WEDNESDAY each month in Wolfville at the EKM Community Health Clinic (EKMCHC) at 23 Earnscliffe Ave. @ 7:00 pm in the corner meeting room.