MYSTRENGTH – New digital service for wellness during pregnancy and early parenthood
York Region's myStrength pilot has concluded.
Those who registered before September 1, 2023, will have access to the myStrength digital service until December 31, 2023.
For more information and support, our public health nurses at Health Connection are always ready to offer resources, helpful tips, answer questions and suggest programs and services that best meet your family's needs. Contact Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228, or chat live - york.ca/NurseChat
Pregnancy and having a new baby can be a wonderful experience. It can also be a time of uncertainty. Many parents have questions and concerns as they face changes and challenges. York Region Public Health is here to support you.
We offer information, programs and services to help parents who are planning for the birth of a child, who have just had a baby or who are caring for a child.
Preparing for Baby's Arrival
Do you have questions about your pregnancy, labour, birth or how to care for your baby?
- York Region Public Health offers free Online Prenatal Education, an effective way for expectant parents to prepare for childbirth and the care of newborns. This anytime, anywhere program is designed to give you convenient access to valuable information and supports. It is designed to help those pregnant and their partners or support persons prepare for labour, childbirth and caring for their new baby. Register online.
- All Babies Count is a free weekly prenatal nutrition program for women of all ages who need extra support during their pregnancy. Expecting mothers learn about nutrition, pregnancy and parenthood.
- Brain Development Brain health is determined by more than just our genes. Learn how early experiences, prenatally and from birth onward, shape the brain and impact one’s future learning, as well as lifelong physical and mental health.
- Child growth and development Children depend on their parents and other caregivers to help them grow and develop. When parents know what to expect at each stage of development, it can be easier for them to meet their child's needs and understand their behaviour. Learn more about why The Early Years Matter and how to support healthy Child Growth and Development.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Having good coping and resiliency skills help us maintain good mental health and physical health.
Mental health and mental illness are separate but related, they can co-exist in people and communities. Learn more about Mental Health and Mental Illness.
Pregnancy or having a baby is not always easy. The adjustment to parenthood can be challenging for many families. This can lead to mood changes or even perinatal mood disorders (PMD). If you are experiencing challenges or mood changes:
- Talk to your health care provider
- Call a 24-hour crisis line or hotline:
- Community Crisis Response Service: 1-855-310-COPE (2673)
- Health Connect Ontario: 811
- Ontario Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
- If there is an emergency, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or if you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department
Connect with us
Our registered nurses are always ready to offer helpful tips, answer questions and suggest programs and services that best meet your family’s needs.
To speak to a registered nurse, call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228, or live chat Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.