Having a Baby
Welcome to Parenting
Welcome to Parenting is an interactive, online education and support program for women and their partners on their journey from pregnancy to parenthood. It was developed by The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and has been customized for Nova Scotia parents.
The program is for women and their partners who are expecting a baby and living in Nova Scotia. It provides information for pregnancy and throughout baby's first year.
- Learn about healthy pregnancy, labour and birth, breastfeeding and more.
- Get answers to your questions from experts in health, parenting and child development.
- Connect with other parents online.
Register online at:
For more information and resources visit:
Planning Your Hospital Visit
As you get ready to give birth, here are some ideas to think about for your hospital visit:
- During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, keep your Health Card and copy of your Prenatal Record (if your doctor gave it to you) in your purse. Be sure to bring these to your prenatal visits.
- Most new mothers are in hospital just a day or two. During this short time you will be learning about your baby, feeding and caring for her/him and getting over the birth yourself.
- Think about the day you come home with the baby. Who will be there to help and support you? What do you need to have in place before you come home? How will you get home? Do you have a safe car seat for your baby?
- At the hospital the nurses are here to help you learn to care for yourself and your baby. Ask lots of questions. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
- Many people are eager to visit you in hospital. Encourage visitors to keep visits short.
- Remember that your baby will be feeding during the day and night. You and baby need to rest between feedings. Feeding your baby is a priority.
Bring a supporter to stay with you. This person is often a partner, mother, sister or friend. Bring someone you trust and feel comfortable with. There are a limited number of cots available on a first come, first served basis. Your supporter is there to help you learn to care for the baby during your stay. If your supporter is staying overnight, he/she should bring:
- Pajamas, change of clothing, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, camera / phone and perhaps a small cooler with food (we do not provide food for supporters). Your nurse will explain how to order your food.
A small welcome pack will be waiting for you in your post-natal room which will include a few basic items only.
Therefore, when you are preparing for your baby’s arrival, please consider the following:
We look forward to meeting you and your baby. If you have questions, please ask the Nurse at your next prenatal visit or your Public Health Nurse.
Having a Baby Videos
- Having a baby at Colchester East Hants Health Centre - video
- Having a baby at South Shore Regional Hospital - video
- Having a baby at Valley Regional Hospital - video
- Having a baby at Yarmouth Regional Hospital - video
Bundled Birth Service
The electronic bundled birth service is available at all of our maternity sites.
The kiosk provides a fast and easy way for new parents to access government services related to the birth of a child. When the birth registration form is completed, new parents have the option to access any of the following services:
- Apply for their baby’s Social Insurance Number
- Apply for Canada Child Benefits
- Apply and pay for their baby’s Nova Scotia Birth Certificate
- Activate their baby’s Nova Scotia Health Card
For more information please visit: www.accessns.ca/birth