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The Greater er Nanaimo and Ladysmith Early Years Partnershipss are pleased to present the 10th edition of the Greater Nanaimo Ladysmith Family. The magazine is a collaborative effort of both communities who have come together to create an awareness of the importance of the early years. It is with great appreciation that the Partnerships acknowledge the funding and support provided by Success by 6, Children First and the Nanaimo Bulletin/ Black Press. A total of 40,000 copies of the Greater Nanaimo & Ladysmith family magazine will be distributed in Ladysmith and Nanaimo through the Ladysmith Chronicle and Nanaimo News Bulletin. Copies are also available at health units, libraries, participating businesses and family agencies. The views expressed by the advertisers do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editorial committee of this magazine.

4 Celebrating our 10th edition 5 The ‘Six A’s’ support children 6 Kindergarten kits at the library 7 Let’s get ready for change 10 Can I give my child cavities 11 Nature ~ Another tool for parents 12 Fun meals for the family 13-14 Drop-in Activity calendars 16 Early Years Resources 17 Kids corner 19 Can I breast feed when I am sick? 21 What is in our words? 22 Triple P - Positive parenting series 24 PPD - Getting help, getting better Cover and inside photography by

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Celebrating our 10th edition of the Family Magazine BY ELIZABETH PENNELL The world of early childhood speaks of a need to support families. The Greater Nanaimo and Ladysmith Early Years Partnerships who are supported and funded by Success by 6 are proud of the Family Magazine. Today we celebrate the 10th edition of the Family Magazine which focuses on programs and services for families within the geographic boundaries of School District 68. Families need to know where to go to find appropriate activities for their young children. We have created the center fold pullout of the magazine which details free or low cost programs offered in both Ladysmith and Greater Nanaimo. We encourage families to explore the communities with their children. This exploration will benefit children as they learn more about the world around them as well as providing

networking and relationship support to parents and caregivers. The articles provided in the magazine are written by professionals from Central Vancouver Island who can be contacted for further information and support. Our communities recently had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Paul Kershaw of UBC discuss the importance of Smart Family Policy and the economic benefit that will accrue if families of young children have the support they need. Families need time, services and community support to ensure that children continue to thrive in a healthy community. Our partnership tables work collaboratively to create this publication, host numerous events for families as well as create an awareness of the importance of the early years within the broad community. Support for children and family is everyone’s responsibility.

Questions, concerns or feedback, please contact us: Success by 6 Shelley Anderson Coordinator Central Island: Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Oceanside, Port Alberni and the West Coast. shelleyanderson@shaw.ca successby6.bc.ca School District 68 Elizabeth Pennell Coordinator Early Learning and Community Liaison epennell@sd68.bc.ca Children First Amber Bruner, Coordinator Ladysmith and Nanaimo mthrgoos@telus.net

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The ‘Six A’s’ support children BY PAM MCADAM

◆ Affirmation – an acceptance of children’s feelings as real and legitimate

Everyone benefits when a child’s positive selfesteem reflects the child’s sense of worth, competence, acceptance and social contribution to the group and community. In an article by the Canadian Child Care Federation, the “Six A’s” are suggested for adults to support children as lovable, worthy and competent beings.

◆ Availability – emotional availability when feelings are intense to ensure that your child is not overwhelmed and to help a child regain control over strong emotions ◆ Admiration – recognition of children’s efforts and achievements, encouragement when the going gets tough, reassurance that it will get easier with time and practice.

◆ Affection – a sincere sense of enjoying children and wanting to be with them ◆ Attentiveness – showing a genuine interest in what children are interested in and a desire to know children as individuals

When all adults in a child’s life join together in relationships of mutual respect, their partnership forms the foundation for children’s positive self-esteem – no equipment required.

◆ Acceptance – demonstrating respect for children for who they are today, without pressure to change or to conform

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Kindergarten kits at the library The Vancouver Island Regional Library is pleased to make available to patrons a new resource: Kindergarten Kits. These kits will provide parents, caregivers and teachers the opportunity to borrow tote boxes filled with great library resources for kindergarten students. The kits will help support parents, caregivers, teachers and students as British Columbia introduces full day kindergarten across the province in 2011. Each Kindergarten Kit contains approximately 10-20 items including books, felt stories, puppets, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and an information sheet for customers. The Kit themes are based upon the Public Library Association “100 Picture Books to Read in Kindergarten” list. Themes include Animal Stories, Folk Tales, Imagination, Concepts, Stories in Rhyme, Humorous Stories, and more. The first set of literacy themed Kindergarten Kits were launched at Family Literacy Day celebrations in January 2011. More Kits will be launched throughout the Spring. These kits will be a part of the floating collection and available to customers throughout the Vancouver Island Regional Library service area. To order kindergarten kits and other library materials, visit the library website at: HYPERLINK “http://www. virl.bc.ca” www.virl.bc.ca. The Kindergarten Kits were made possible by a grant from CanWest Raise a Reader Times Colonist. These funds are being used to create a total of 30 Kindergarten Kits.

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre offers a holistic approach to programming and services which nurtures the various potentials of families with young children. We have a variety of Early Childhood Programming including Building Better Babies, Prenatal support, Creating Healthy Families, Island Treasure Boxes & Walking with Elders Is Language and Literacy Programs a Mom’s, Dad’s D d’s and Babes Group and much more! For more information about our programs, please contact the ECD Team at our Health Centre:

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Let’s get ready for change How to Help Your Child Get Ready for Child Care or School BY JULIE RUSHTON Many parents wonder how they can help their child transition to a new child care centre or school. We hope the information you find here will be helpful in assisting you to meet this goal! It is important to recognize that with different ages of children come different stages of development. How you prepare your young toddler for the new transition will look somewhat different than preparing your 4 year old for kindergarten. Although the key points are the same, how you follow through with them is dependent on where your child is in terms of age. Explore Your Community Together Check out community groups that you and child can attend together. These groups are wonderful for sharing information and building new friendships for both parents and children. Please see page 8

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From page 7 Strong Start programs are a wonderful opportunity to explore friendships, transitions and school readiness skills. These programs allow for parents and children to interact with an Early Childhood Educator as well as other children in a preschool setting. Strong Starts are located within many schools throughout Vancouver Island and British Columbia, therefore providing a chance for your child as well as you the parent to become comfortable within an Elementary school setting. Talk, Talk, Talk with Your Child Share with your family members the new routine that is coming so that everyone can talk with your child about what’s going to happen when he/she is set to begin. Will she start slowly? Maybe a 1 hour visit with Mom/Dad that gradually increases to an hour or two without Mom/Dad. Make it a schedule that you are comfortable with; each families comfort level is different. Will they have an opportunity to visit Kindergarten with Mom and Dad before she/he begins? Kindergartens are part of the school system therefore you will need to talk with the school Administrator/Principle to make arrangements. Talk with your child about who

their teacher or primary caregiver will be and get them used to their name. Will there be a bus involved with transportation? Also, talk about what will stay the same in their routine; will Mom or Dad be picking them up? Does your child have any questions? Ask them, “How can I help you to be ready for this change?” Be supportive and enthusiastic. Point out the great things you see at daycare or school. Talk about some of the wonderful things they will be doing, and all the friends they will make. You also might want to talk about any fears your child has in terms of making new friends. Visit Visit the new daycare centre or Kindergarten well before your child begins. Even if it’s just checking out their playground after hours. (Some daycare centres play grounds are not open to the public, please check) Call the daycare or school during operating hours and set up a tour for you and your child. Arrange to have a gradual entry into your child’s new program. Make several short visits to the centre, followed by a short stay on their own. Come back when you said you will, your child needs this first opportunity to see that

you are coming back! Once children know and have experienced the safety net that surrounds him/her they can be more comfortable to relax and enjoy the experiences. Socializing g Help your child to find friends attending the same daycare or school as them. Encourage these friendships by having play dates both at your house and theirs. Your child will benefit immensely from seeing a familiar face and will have gained confidence from playing with a friend outside of their own home. Share Feelings Talk about how you are feeling about your child’s new opportunity to play and explore his/her world in child care or at school. Share some feelings you remember having as a child when you first went off to daycare or Kindergarten. Ask child’s brothers and/or sisters to share what they were feeling when they started Kindergarten or child care. Sometimes, while children are excited about being a big boy or girl, it can be scary for them as they are starting to see that yes, they are a separate person from Mom/Dad. You may see your child turn into this independent child one day, and the next only explore from the safety of Moms legs! This is normal and you can take

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it as a sign that your child is adjusting well. It’s just like the first time you jumped off a diving board... you probably inched out, only to turn around to the safety of the board before finally being ready to go! Change or transition takes time; sometime parents give up too early in the process. Constant communications with your child’s teacher or caregiver can help you and your child through this process. **Please note: you do need to talk with your child about what is happening for them when a child suddenly clings to your leg. If your child has been happily attending daycare or school and all of a sudden does this, something might be upsetting them and you need to find out what is bothering them. Share Your Child’s Work When your child brings home something they have created at daycare or at school display it for the world to see. Talk to your child about the project and ask questions about it. Tell your child why you like their work, “I really like how you put purple paint around the edges of your picture”. It’s a great way to show your child you value them and see the effort that went into their work.

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Talk to Your Child’s Care Provider or Teacher Regularly It’s important to keep communication with the person who is caring for your child constantly flowing. This will allow you stay on top of what’s happening in your child’s life away from home and will help your child’s caregiver or teacher provide the best for your child. Some Other Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Development ◆ Read early and often to your child. Oral stories as well as printed stories are great! ◆ Talk about what you are reading, newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, recipes, sports score board, road signs, talk about everything you are reading! ◆ Allow your child to draw, colour and create. You provide the medium and they provide the creation! Talk about what they are creating and remember it is important to focus on the process of what the child has created, not so much on what the creation is. Ask the child to tell you about their creation rather than guess.

◆ Tell stories as a family. One family member says the first line of the story and everyone takes a turn adding to it. ◆ Play outside games like treasure hunt, give your child 5 things to find (according to their age, you may only give them 2 things to find). ◆ Allow your child to write letters in print or email messages to family members. Your child can tell you the words and you write down what they are saying in their letter. If your child wants to write a letter themselves and cannot write or type, that’s awesome, let them! ◆ Allow your child to feel independent. Let them choose their clothes to wear, as long as they are weather appropriate. The little girl that wants to wear her ballerina clothes in a snow storm would be a bit chilly, but that’s where you come in. Perhaps she can wear a sweater and pants under her winter coat until she gets to where you are going. Once she is inside again, let the ballerina shine! Julie Rushton Child Care Consultant PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral

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Can I give my child cavities? Yes! ….and you can also be the one to give your child life-long dental health. Community Health Dental Hygienist Heather has the following simple parent –friendly tips. Don’t lick the spoon! For many parents it is second nature to taste their baby’s food or “clean” their baby’s soother in their own mouth before giving it to baby. These practices can pass cavity causing bacteria from you to your baby. Make sure items that go into you r baby’s mouth are untouched by other mouths! Brush that first tooth two times a day! Once teeth appear, it’s important to brush two times each day with a smear of toothpaste that contains fluoride. You can also clean your baby’s teeth with a wet face cloth and a smear of toothpaste that contains fluoride. Not only do you make sure your baby’s teeth stay healthy, you also set them on the right track for developing the best possible life-long dental care habits. Use bottles and sippy cups with care. Once babies have teeth, going to bed with a bottle containing anything but water, puts them at risk for tooth decay. At six months of age, babies can begin drinking from a regular cup. Sippy cups help prevent spills, but are not needed to teach your child to drink from a cup. Provide milk or water to quench thirst, and avoid fruit juices or other sweetened drinks. Visit the dentist six months after your child’s first tooth appears. The first visit to the dentist should be comfortable and fun for you and your child. Is cost and issue? Call or visit your dental office to ask about costs or any other concerns you might have. BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families by covering some of the costs of dental care for their

children. For faster service have your child’s BC CARE card number ready when you call 1-866-866-0800 (press 4 and then 2) Choose fresh fruit instead of sticky raisins, juice or fruit roll-ups. Baby teeth have thin enamel and even small amounts of sticky sweet dried fruit can lead to decay. Remember a child’s baby teeth are important. Your baby needs them to learn to speak, chew and smile! To learn more about infant and toddler dental care go to BC Dental Association.com. Or to learn more about infant oral care call Dental Programs at the Nanaimo Health Unit (250) 739-5845 Local 57562

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Nature ~ Another tool for parents BY JILL COLLINS Becoming a parent can be overwhelming. The world as you know it changes. Early on parents are adjusting to sleepless nights and the endless changing of diapers. Once that is all under control parents then realize that they must now learn to… parent. What does that mean? Being a parent is a mixed bag of professions. You become a nurse, watching for symptoms and signs of illnesses. As a nutritionist you are helping them develop good eating habits by offering healthy food choices. The teacher is there to read and listen, helping them develop their communication skills. Part time dentist when its time to brush teeth, part time coach by ensuring they are getting regular exercise and part time playmate to aid in their social skills. The jobs are endless. My favourite and most rewarding profession has been Park Ranger. It is a profession that some parents overlook as being useful in their children’s development. I am a parent of two young children (3 and 5 years old) using nature as a way to be involved and connect with them. So you may be asking yourself, what can nature do for my child? My experiences have shown that nature engages

children in a way that calms them, allowing them the time and space to concentrate. Each time we set off on a hike, their attention is focused on the sword fern alongside the trail or the tall Douglas fir towering above. Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder. Wonder is a motivator for life long learning. When we are in the canoe paddling along, their little hands always reach for the water. Speculation of fish swimming below quickly turns to silly tales of zooplankton turning into monsters. Imagination comes alive. Their physical wellness benefits from nature as well. I watch as they manoeuvre their bikes

around rocks and roots, quietly developing skills, like balance, agility and coordination. Exposure to natural environments has improved my children’s cognitive development. It’s improved their awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Children learn of the world around them through their five senses, the “physiological methods of perception.” Nature for the child is a sheer sensory experience, the largest hands-on classroom children will encounter. Simply put, nature provides an opportunity to explore all their senses. That contributes to childhood development, right? As parents, we all want the best possible start for our children. Life filled with happiness, good health, education and lots of love. Becoming a part time Park Ranger is a fun and easy way to help achieve these goals. Walks through the forest or a picnic near a creek are great ways to kick start your new part time career. How wonderful it is that nature can play a role in our children’s development. Jill Collins is an active outdoor adventurous mom and writer. She keeps her children interested and engaged in nature by finding and identifying five living creatures on every outdoor adventure.

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Fun meals for the family BY EILEEN BENNEWITH Getting a nutritious family meal on the table in a hurry is a challenge for today’s busy parents. Here are some meal ideas that involve family members and take no time at all: 1. Beef Fajitas - cut 1 lb. steak into strips and cook in 1 tsp. of oil with two cut up colourful peppers, 1 onion, 1 cup of salsa and any desired seasonings until the meat is cook through. Have family members fill warmed whole grain tortillas with the hot mixture and top with sour cream or guacamole. Makes four servings. This can also be done with taco seasoned ground beef. Top cooked seasoned beef with cold chopped tomato, green onions, lettuce, peppers, salsa and shredded cheese in a warm tortilla. 2. Pita Pizza’s - Give each family member a whole grain pita round. Spread with tomato paste or leftover spaghetti sauce and put out toppings like cut up peppers, tomatoes, olives, onions, broccoli, pineapple, chopped sausage, pepperoni, chicken, and shredded mozzarella cheese. Have each family member make a personalized pizza and bake in a 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Serve with cut up raw vegetables or salad if desired. For small children use mini pitas. 3. Garden Fish Packets - Give each family member a square of heavy-duty foil (18”x12”). Give them one piece of fresh or frozen (thawed) fish and a selection of vegetables

like potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, peppers, beans, green onions, mushrooms, zucchini or whatever is ripe in the garden. Season as desired and top with a teaspoon of butter. Wrap foil up to seal food inside. Put names on the packets with a marker. Cook in a 350degree F oven until the fish is flaky and cooked through(25 minutes). 4. Individual Omelets - Have one family member break, season and beat the eggs. In small bowls put out chopped tomatoes, green onions, chopped peppers, cubes of ham, and grated cheese. Add one portion of egg mixture to a heated pan and when partly cooked have family members add the fillings that they want on their omelet. Finish cooking and serve with buttered whole grain toast. Making several meals by cooking once saves time. Make a big pot of spaghetti sauce. Serve some of it on pasta one day. Use it as pizza sauce one day. Serve sauce on whole grain buns for sloppy joes one day. Add leftover taco meat and beans to spaghetti sauce for quick chili one day.

Teach each family member how to make one easy dinner. Assign them to assemble all the ingredients so it is ready to make when the cook is ready to begin. Start this very young when children like to help out. As children get older, they can do more of the cutting and chopping and finally the cooking. Eileen Bennewith,RD Community Nutritionist Princess Royal Family Centre 260 Irwin Street Nanaimo, BC V9R4X5 Tel:(250)755-7855 Fax: (250)755-7853 eileen.bennewith@viha.ca

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Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (Birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12 noon Ladysmith Primary School 250-740-3516 Adventures in Early Literacy 9:45 am - 11:15 am Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House 250-245-3079 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program 9:30 am - 12:00 noon (drop in) Aggie Hall, Ladysmith 250-210-0870

Triple P Positive Parenting Program (*registration required) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House Triple P Positive Parenting Program (*registration required) 6:30pm – 8:30pm Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House 250-245-3079 Infant to School age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:15pm – 3:30pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250-755-3342 to book appointment Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (Birth – 5yrs) 9:00am – 12:00 noon Ladysmith Primary School 250-740-3516 LaFF’s Family Frolic Drop-in Gym Time (walking – 6yrs) Suggested donation $1/family 5:45pm – 6:45pm Ladysmith Community Centre 250-245-6424 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program 9:30-12 (drop in) Aggie Hall, Ladysmith 250-210-0870 LaFF’s Family Frolic Drop-in Gym Time (walking – 6yrs) Suggested donation $1 / family 5:45 – 6:45pm Ladysmith Community Centre, Ladysmith 250-245-6424

Born Healthy Pre-natal Program 10:30am – 1:30pm Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House 250-245-3079 Preschool Story Time (3-5yrs) (*registration required) 10:30am – 11:00am Ladysmith Library 250-245-2322 Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (Birth – 5yrs) 9:00am – 12:00 noon Ladysmith Primary School 250-740-3516 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program 9:30-12 (drop in) Aggie Hall, Ladysmith 250-210-0870

Parent Child Mother Goose (Birth - crawling) (*registration required) 12:45pm-1:45pm Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House 250-245-3079 Parent Child Mother Goose (crawling – 30 mos) (*registration required) 9:45am-10:45am Ladysmith Resource Centre Family House 250-245-3079 Infant to School age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:15pm – 3:30pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250-755-3342 to book appointment Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (Birth – 5yrs) 9:00am – 12:00 noon Ladysmith Primary School 250-740-3516 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program 9:30-12 (drop in) Aggie Hall, Ladysmith 250-210-0870

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (Birth – 5yrs) 9:00am – 12:00 noon Ladysmith Primary School 250-740-3516 Healthy Beginnings (Pre-natal – 12mos) 10:30am – 12:00 noon Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250-755-3388 Public Health Nurse Drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:30pm – 3:30pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250-755-3388 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program 9:30-12 (drop in) Aggie Hall, Ladysmith 250-210-0870

Ladysmith Dads’ Group (Drop-in breakfast for Dads & their children) 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Ladysmith Resources Centre Family House 250-245-3079

*Items marked with an asterisk (*) require pre-registration. Please telephone first to confirm times and locations for all events.

* Parent Child Mother Goose® Program. This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. * Prenatal Classes are offered in Nanaimo through the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Please call 250-755-3380 to register. Prenatal classes may also be offered at the Ladysmith Resource Centre. Please call 250-245-3079 for information and to register.


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8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250-740-3516 McGirr Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250-740-3516 Rutherford Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250-740-3516 Georgia Ave. Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12 noon Georgia Ave. Community School 250-740-3516 Bayview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12 noon Bayview Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization Drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Family Place Playgroup (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 11:30 pm Lantzville Boys & Girls Club 250-390-4001 Bellies to Babies and Beyond* (Pregnant women & parents of infants) 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre (child minding available) 250-753-7470 Woodbank Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250-740-3516 Healthy Beginnings (pre-natal - 12 mos) 10:00 am - 11:30 am Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Creating Healthy Families 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Quarterway Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250-740-3516 Healthy Beginnings (pre-natal - 12 months) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Oliverwoods Community Centres 250-755-3388 *Items marked with an asterisk (*) require pre-registration. Please telephone first to confirm times and locations of all drop-in events or to register for those requiring pre-registration. Schedule may change during summer months.

Fairview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250-740-3516 McGirr Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250-740-3516 Rutherford Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250-740-3516 Georgia Ave. Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12 noon Georgia Ave. Community School 250-740-3516 Bayview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12 noon Bayview Elementary School 250-740-3516

Infant to School Age Immunization Drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Family Place Community Drop-in Playgroup (birth - 3 yrs) (Child Development Centre & Chase River Boys & Girls Club) 9:00 am - 11:00 pm Chase River Boys and Girls Club Chase River Playground 250-753-2464 Drop-in Play Group (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 10:30 am Woodgrove Centre (near food court) 250-756-2022 Woodbank Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250-740-3516 Mini-Franco Fun (birth - 5 yrs) 10:00 am - 11:30 am Ecole Oceane School 250-729-2776 Healthy Beginnings (6 mos - 12 mos) 10:00 am - 11:30 am Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3388 Parent Child Mother Goose* (6 mos - 12 mos) 10:00 am - 11:00 am Lantzville Boys & Girls Club child minding offered) 250-390-4001 Parent Child Mother Goose* 10:15 am - 11:45 am Gabriola Island Hope Centre 250-247-8730 Building Better Babies Pre-natal Class and Drop-in 10:30 am - 12:00 noon Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Cooking Out of the Box (one Tuesday per month) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Nanaimo Women’s Centre 250-753-0633 Quarterway Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Quarterway Elementary School 250-740-3516

Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3342 Healthy Beginnings 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3388 Family Storytime* (all ages welcome) 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm) Wellington Library 250-758-5544

Fairview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250-740-3516 McGirr Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250-740-3516 Rutherford Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250-740-3516 Georgia Ave. Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Georgia Ave. Community School 250-740-3516 Bayview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Bayview Elementary School 250-740-3516 Woodbank Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization Drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Family Place (Parent and Tot Drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001 La Leche League Meeting (Breastfeeding support) 10:00 am - 12:00 noon every second Wed. Call for location 250-754-5853 (Bridget) Toddler Storytime* (3 - 5 yrs) 10:15 am - 10:45 am) Harbourfront Library 250-753-1154 Moms, Dads and Babies Drop-in 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Baby Storytime* (0 - 17 mos) 11:15 am - 11:45 am Harbourfront Library 250-753-1154 Pre-natal Lunch Bunch 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Quarterway Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3342 Mom and Baby drop-in 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Nanaimo Mother & Baby Society 250-754-5090


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Fairview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250-740-3516 McGirr Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250-740-3516 Rutherford Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250-740-3516 Georgia Ave. Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9 am - 12 noon Georgia Ave. Community School 250-740-3516 Bayview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Bayview Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:00 am - 11:30 pm Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3342 Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:15 am - 11:30 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Infant to School Age Immunization drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Woodbank Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:30 am - 12:30 am Woodbank Primary School 250-740-3516 Rug Huggers (Parent and Tot Drop-in) 10:00 am - 11:45 am Gabriola Island Hope Centre 250-247-8730 Healthy Beginnings (pre-natal - 6 mos) 10:00 am -11:30 am Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3388 Parent Child Mother Goose* (6 - 12 mos) 10:00 am -11:00 am Chase River Boys & Girls Club 250-753-2464 Toddler Storytime* (3 - 5 yrs) 10:15 am - 10:45 am Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Preschool Storytime* (3 - 5 yrs) 10:15 am - 10:45 am) Harbourfront Library 250-753-1154 Building Better Babies for Pregnant and New Moms (babies ages birth - 6 mos) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Baby Storytime* (0 - 17 mos) 11:15 am - 11:45 am Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Cooking With the Good Food Box (One Thursday per month) 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm Nanaimo Food Share Centre 250-753-7470 Quarterway Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Nanaimo Public Health Unit 250-755-3342 Connections: Young Parents Support Group 1:00 am - 2:30 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Dads Make a Difference 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250-716-1551

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Fairview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250-740-3516 McGirr Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250-740-3516 Rutherford Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250-740-3516 Georgia Ave. Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9 am - 12 noon Georgia Ave. Community School 250-740-3516 Building Better Babies Home visits and Drop-in 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Bayview Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9 am - 12 noon Bayview Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization drop-in (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Family Place (Parent & Tot Drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001 Woodbank Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Elementary School 250-740-3516 Infant to School Age Immunization by appointment (4th Friday of every month) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Gabriola Island Hope Centre 250-755-3342 Preschool Storytime* (3 - 5 yrs) 10:15 am - 10:45 am Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Quarterway Strong Start (birth - 5 yrs) 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250-740-3516 Storytime for Tots* (12 - 36 mos) 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Wellington Library 250-758-5544

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* Parent Child Mother Goose® Program. This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. * Prenatal Classes. Free classes are offered at the Nanaimo Health Centre (VIHA) throughout the year. Please call 250-7553308 for information and to register. * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200


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1-800-550-4900 250-245-8551 250-716-1633 250-247-8730 250-245-3079 250-739-5778 250-753-3990 250-754-5090 250-755-3342 250-755-3388 250-390-0003 250-753-9511 250-739-5845 250-740-2337 250-753-6578

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250-247-8730 250-739-5777 250-754-5853 250-755-3342 250-754-5090 250-739-5845 250-753-6578

Food and Nutrition Good Food Box – Ladysmith Health Link BC Dietitian Services Ladysmith Food Bank Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank Meals on Wheels Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Nanaimo Community Gardens Society Nutritionist – Princess Royal Family Centre Nanaimo Food Share Society Salvation Army Meal Program / Community Services Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 7-10 Club Society – The Family Soup Kitchen

250-245-3079 1-800-667-3438 250-245-3079 250-754-8347 250-753-1300 250-753-7470 250-816-4769 250-739-5845 250-753-9393 250-754-2621 250-753-6578 250-714-0917

Health BC Nurse Helpline BC Poison Control Child and Youth Mental Health - Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health - General Ladysmith Community Health Centre Nanaimo Health Centre Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program Princess Royal Family Centre Snuneymuxw First Nations Health Centre Chemainus First Nation Health Centre Tillicum Lelum Health Centre

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Gabriola Island Library Ladysmith Library Nanaimo Harbourfront Library Nanaimo Wellington Library

250-247-7878 250-245-2322 250-753-1154 250-758-5544

Child Care Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island - Bright Adventures Daycare - Chase River Club - Coal Tyee Club - Fifth Street Club - Forest Park Club - Ladysmith Child & Family Centre - Lantzville Club - Station 4 Daycare Child Care Subsidy Program Community Care Licensing Program PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral Supported Child Development - Nanaimo (Child Development Centre) - Ladysmith Vancouver Island University Early Childhood Education and Care

250-754-3294 250-753-2464 250-616-7681 250-754-3220 250-751-8937 250-245-8921 250-390-4001 250-753-2464 1-888-338-6622 250-739-5800 250-756-2022 250-753-0251 250-245-3466 250-740-6248

Family y Support pp Autism Society of BC Big Brothers and Big Sisters Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society Foster Parent Support Services Society Gabriola Island Hope Centre LAFF (Ladysmith Association of Family and Friends) Ladysmith Resources Centre Association Ministry of Children and Family Development NARSF Programs Ltd. (Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families) Nanaimo Child Development Centre Nanaimo Family Justice Access Centre Nanaimo Family Life Association Nanaimo Family Resource Programs Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre Nanaimo Women’s Centre Nanaimo Youth Services Parent Support Services of BC People for a Healthy Community (Gabriola) SOAR Mentoring Program for women – Intertribal Health Authority Tillicum Lelum Health Centre

250-714-0801 250-756-2447 250-753-6911 250-390-9686 250-247-8730 250-210-0870 250-245-3079 250-741-5444 250-754-2773 250-753-0251 250-741-5447 250-754-3331 250-753-2177 250-716-1551 250-753-0633 250-754-1989 1-877-345-9777 250-247-7311 250-753-3990 250-753-6578

Recreation Beban Park Recreation Centre Bowen Park Complex Ladysmith Community Centre Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Nanaimo Ice Centre

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Early Years Program, School District #68 / Strong Start Centres 250-740-3516 - Bayview Strong Start - Fairview Strong Start - Georgia Avenue Strong Start - Ladysmith Primary Strong Start - McGirr Strong Start - Quarterway Strong Start - Rutherford Strong Start - Woodbank Strong Start Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250-245-3079 Literacy Central 250-754-8988 Parent and Child Mother Goose Programs - Nanaimo 250-713-1745 - Gabriola 250-247-8730 Speech and Language Pathology/Nanaimo Health Centre 250-740-6827 Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Vancouver Island Regional Libraries:

Autism Society of B.C. BC Centre for Safe School & Communities Crisis Centre Haven Society and Transition House Help Line for Children Kids Help Phone Nanaimo Child Development Centre Nanaimo Community Hospice Society Rainbows Children’s Grief and Loss Support Group - Nanaimo Tillicum Lelum Health Centre

250-756-5200 250-756-5200 250-245-6424 250-756-5200 250-756-5200

250-714-0801 1-888-224-7233 250-754-4447 250-756-2452 250-310-1234 1-800-668-6868 250-753-0251 250-758-8857 250-751-7888 250-753-6578

Community y Early y Years Initiatives/Partnerships / p Children First Initiative Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership Ladysmith Early Years Partnership Success By Six® Initiative

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Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; corner Stained Glass Art on Paper Wax Crayons- not coloured pencils or markers Standard white or pale coloured paper Cooking oil Cotton balls- paper towel also works â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have the kids color a picture with crayons. They can color dark or light - it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter but darker works better. They really do look like stained glass pictures, especially if the picture had heavy black lines.â&#x20AC;? Have a bowl with a VERY small amount of cooking oil and a couple of cotton balls in it. Have the kids flip the pages over and slowly and thoroughly rub the cotton balls on the paper. (Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the paper turn transparent and the colors come through). Put them aside to dry (usually doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long). Cut them out and either hang them as is with a hole punched in them or frame them with construction paper. Plastic Spoon Puppets Let little minds create characters and puppet shows!

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Parents of children between the ages of two and four years old are invited to a night out. This is a free event for adults only.

Cold and Flu Season

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The evening will feature Jane Cobb. Jane is an award-winning author, presenter, and early language and literacy consultant. Jane has many years of experience as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s librarian, and coordinator of Parent-Child Mother Goose programs in Vancouver. She is recognized for her oral approach to early literacy. No props! More fun!

Yes. Absolutely. If you have a cold or flu the best thing for you to do to keep your baby well is to breastfeed. The Centre for Disease Control recommends, breastfeeding as much as possible to provide immunological protection to child, good hand washing and getting the flu vaccine. If you get a cold or the flu, continue to breastfeed: â&#x2014;&#x2020; When you have a viral illness your immune system makes antibodies to help you fight the virus. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Antibodies transfer into breast milk and your baby benefits. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Your baby is less likely to get sick and if they do, they are generally less sick and get better faster. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Wear a mask and wash your hands well before you cuddle your baby. If your baby gets a cold or the flu, continue to breastfeed: â&#x2014;&#x2020; Breast milk is easily digested (for an upset tummy) and is full of antibodies to help the baby get better. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Breastfeeding is still the best even iff Mom needs to take medication. Most antibiotics are fine for breastfeeding. Check with your health care provider/pharmacist for more information. Wendy Robb PHN Lactation Consultant Margaret Moss Health Centre

Where to go District Resource Centre 1115 Dufferin Crescent Friday, May 27 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (pizza provided) Information Elizabeth Pennell 250 740-3516 epennell@sd68.bc.ca

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What is in our words? Words inform others about what we think is relevant information. How we say things is as important as what we say. This is why we need to consider how we speak about people and children with challenges. People are people first. Children are children first. When we describe people and children we must be careful not to use their diagnostic label as their defining quality. Diagnoses are characteristics, just as are physical characteristics and interests. These describe what a person has rather than what a person is. Would you like to be talked about as “an obsessed person” or as “a person with an obsession?” It expresses our attitude about a person’s importance, value, and abilities. When we say “a child with a vision loss” and “a person with autism” we are helping to spread the message that we consider the child as a unique individual above all his or her other characteristics. As parents and community members, we can help increase awareness of children with challenges in our community and advocate for their inclusion and participation in community events. It starts with a few words. Let’s use our language to focus on the person rather than the disability! For more information about “People First” language, check out these websites: www.disabilityisnatural.com and www.peoplefirstofcanada.ca/ about_us_en.php

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“Not now, I’m on the phone!” As parents we all know that young children need lots of time and attention. But what about when parents need time to talk on the phone without interruption? Most preschoolers should be able to occupy themselves for about 10 to 30 minutes. That means you’re not being unreasonable in expecting some time to yourself to have a quick phone chat with a friend or to attend to some business or private matter. Of course i f your call goes on for an hour or so, or if it’s the tenth straight phone call of the morning, you’re starting to ask a lot from someone who isn’t yet able to pass the time browsing through the daily newspaper. Without this ability to easily amuse themselves for long periods, it’s not surprising then that preschoolers do spend a fair amount of time interrupting adults. While it might sometimes be annoying to parents it is more than likely your child isn’t really trying to annoy you, nor are they simply demanding your attention. Children like to know things. They may ask adults for information or to help them with something they are doing. They may also want you to share in the fun of their activities. Like adults, when children speak they feel that what they have to say is important. Children need to learn polite ways of interrupting rather than speaking to you right away without waiting for acknowledgement. For some children this sense of urgency is further driven by the belief that they will forget what they want to say if they wait too long to say it. In any case, for many preschoolers sometimes it’s just plain hard to share Mom or Dad with others. So, for the sanity of yourself and your child you should try and set things up in a way that will allow you time on the phone without interruptions, while also allowing your child to gain your attention in an acceptable way. If you spend too long on the phone and you ignore

your child’s attempts to interrupt politely, they will probably learn to interrupt loudly and rudely — anything to get your attention. It is a good idea to monitor your time on the phone while your child is with you. Try to keep your calls under 15 minutes or wait until your child is asleep before you make a longer call. If

you know you are going to be on the phone for a while explain ahead of time to your child that you will be busy doing something important and you cannot be interrupted. Of course, no matter what is happening on the phone, if your child is hurt or in an unsafe situation you will want to respond to them immediately, Setting simple rules will help your child learn about the need not to interrupt at certain times. Avoid a long list of rules — just two or

three that are simply explained, such as: Play with your quiet toys until Mom or Dad is finished on the phone. Ideally, rules should tell your child what to do rather than what not to do. Positive instructions are more likely to be learned and followed than negative ones. If you are having persistent problems with interruptions during phone calls it may be worthwhile practicing with your child just what to do when you are on the phone. Call your own number, or arrange for a friend to call and have a brief conversation (about 2 to 3 minutes). If your child continues to play, praise them for letting you speak on the phone. Max, I’m really pleased that you played quietly while I was on the phone. If they do not follow the rules tell them what to stop doing and what to do instead. You might like to encourage your child with something more tangible than praise by giving them a reward. In this case, tell your child what they can earn if they follow the rules — perhaps a favourite snack or a special activity when you are free. Eventually, as your child learns to occupy themselves you will not need to remind them of the rules, rewards and consequences each time you are on the phone. Make sure though that the consequences of breaking the rules are consistent and make rewards less predictable by not always giving them out. Praising your child for occupying themselves when you are on the phone should be continued — they’ve earned it. PARENTING TIP: If you’re having trouble with interruptions during phone calls, try keeping a couple of quiet toys or activities stored near the phone to dig out quickly if your child begins to look for your attention. If the toys are only used when you are on the phone they will remain interesting.


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Post Partum Depression Getting Help, Getting Better. BY MAUREEN BULLEN

Julie - 29 and a new mom - relocated to a new city. With family and friends far away and a partner working long hours, she doesn’t feel quite herself – a condition she blames on lack of sleep. Baby Joshua is a challenge and often she feels overwhelmed. Women can experience depression and anxiety for many reasons. For Julie, lack of support, isolation, sleep deprivation and loss of her past life contribute to her feelings. Many don’t recognize their depression, or experience guilt for harbouring feelings of resentment towards the baby. Postpartum depression can be complicated and multidimensional. Mom’s may have high self expectations or perhaps had a difficulty delivery. Warning signs may include crying for no reason, inability to sleep or concentrate, loss of appetite or overeating, anxiety over baby’s

Welcoming a new baby is usually time to celebrate, but for as many as 4 in 5 mothers it can be a time of distress and uncertainty - commonly called the “baby blues“. For some new mothers, “baby blues” do not resolve after two or three weeks, and the result can be a significant post partum depression an often life altering event. Onset may be sudden or develop slowly, usually occurring within the first three to nine months following delivery. PPD is found in all cultures and neighbourhoods - both new mothers and experienced mums, with an estimated 1 out of 6 women experiencing depression or anxiety before/after the birth or adoption of a child. Feelings of depression or anxiety that persist beyond the third week after the birth deserve attention.

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Myth – Depression will not affect your mothering skills or your baby Fact – Untreated postpartum depression affects your ability to care for yourself and your baby. Babies born to depressed mothers may be more irritable or less attentive than others. Myth – You won’t recover from postpartum depression Fact – There is treatment for postpartum depression which makes recovery possible. Myth – Only “weak’, ‘lazy’, or ‘bad’ mothers get depressed Fact – Major depression is a biological illness (chemical imbalance in your brain) that can pass down through your family. Fact – Having postpartum depression is not a reflection of your mothering There is hope – and women do recover. Early identification and understanding the normal adjustment process is the first step. Some practical suggestions include taking small breaks, doing good things for yourself, eat a healthy diet, daily exercise, sleep or rest while baby naps, develop a support system, set small attainable goals and consider trying yoga or other relaxation techniques.

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Anti-depressants have been found to be effective in the treatment for some women. There are preferred medications for breastfeeding mothers. Medication can be used in addition to other treatments and is ideally useful in conjunction with counseling or support groups. While there has been little research on alternative or complementary therapies, omega-3fatty acids found in fatty fish and bright light therapy have been helpful for some women. Consult with your doctor or midwife if you are taking any kind of herbal remedy. Public Health Nurses will be supportive and can offer screening tools to determine whether you have PPD. Attending a support group can be very helpful, especially if a mom is isolated. Meeting other women in similar situations and sharing can be helpful and supportive. Counselling may help a mom understand their feelings. For more information about PPD support groups contact your Public Health Unit.

Web site: www.healthgov.bc.ca/mhd/infoline. html BC Reproductive Mental Health Program provides counselling to women with depression in .pregnancy and after birth Website: www. bwmon.ca/Services/HealthService/Reproductive Mental Health Pacific Post Partum Support Society is a nonprofit society dedicated to supporting the needs of postpartum mothers and their families. They also publish “Postpartum Depression and Anxiety:Self-Help Guide for Mothers, Website: www.postpartum.org Other Resources: Kenall-Tackett,K.A. (2010).Depression in New Mothers, 2nd edition. London Routledge, Website: www.uppitysciencechick.com Baby’ Best Chance Parents Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care Second revision sixth edition, Website: www.ipp.gov.bc.ca

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