Well Baby Program

Well Baby Program

At Village Family Health Team, we provide primary care for several hundred babies. We see babies within days of birth. Once a baby turns two months old, and if their birthdate falls within the appropriate cohort, they are invited to join the Well Baby Group!

The Well Baby Group is a 90-minute group appointment for parent(s) and baby. The purpose of the group is to provide parents with comprehensive education based on the child’s age and offer a venue for parents to interact and ask questions in a setting that is baby and breastfeeding friendly.

 The appointments are based on the regular growth/development/immunization schedule of 2, 4, 6, and 9-month visits. These services are provided to all patients at Village FHT but unfortunately, we are not always able to accommodate all babies and parents in a group setting. If you have a newborn baby, or one on the way, feel free to contact your healthcare provider about the group!


COVID-19 Pregnancy, Childbirth & Breastfeeding

Guidelines for Nursing Mothers


Safe Sleep


Attachment and Bonding


Period of Purple Crying


Preventing Flat Head



Vitamin D



Breastfeeding Services at Village Family Health Team

Village Family Health Team is committed to supporting families and infants during their breastfeeding journey. Currently, our clinic offers services provided by registered nurses with education in lactation medicine.

Please contact our clinic if you are interested in booking an appointment.

Guidelines for Nursing Mothers


Toronto Public Health Breastfeeding Resources


Toronto Public Health Breastfeeding Services- Clinics & Groups


La Leche League Toronto


International Breastfeeding Centre- Support & Resources

Breast Pumps

Growth and Development

Baby’s First Year


Your Child’s Development



Ontario Immunization Program


Tips to Improve Your Child’s Immunization Experience


Vaccines- Myths & Facts


Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health


Postpartum Depression and Anxiety


PPD Services in Toronto


Infant and Toddler Nutrition

Village Family Health- Intro to Solids


Toddler Nutrition


Iron Needs of Babies and Children


Nutri-Step 18 months


Building a Healthy Toddler


Tips on Feeding Picky Eaters


Physical Activity




Healthy Teeth


Parenting Programs



Toronto Public Health–  https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/

Caring for Kids- https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/

Telehealth Ontario- Fast , free medical advice for non-urgent concerns


Toronto Public Library–  https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/kids-and-families/

Prenatal Care

Village Family Health Team (VFHT) patients can have their entire pregnancy care right here! Low risk patients can have prenatal care with Dr. Shawna Irons or Dr. Rachna Chari, two of the VFHT doctors. Deliveries are at St Joseph’s Health Center with St. Joe’s Toronto Primary Care Obstetrics team. Mother and newborn baby are then able to see their own doctor within a few days of birth. Pregnant patients can also choose to have their pregnancy and delivery managed by an obstetrician or midwife and will be referred as per patient’s request.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Support at Village Family Health

Village Family Health Team is dedicated to empowering our clients with knowledge and confidence around breastfeeding.

Please call and ask to speak with one of our nurses if interested in prenatal breastfeeding support or refer to the Breastfeeding section under our Well Baby Program.

St. Joseph’s Family Birthing Centre


Toronto Public Health- Prenatal Programs



Assessment Centre Update
March 30, 2020  12.30PM

Where is the closest Assessment Centre?
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Sunnyside Building, 1st floor – enter through the Sunnyside Avenue entrance
Every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., last patient to be registered at 8:30 p.m.
When Should I Go To an Assessment Centre?
In alignment with new Toronto Region COVID-19 Hospital guidelines, COVID-19 Assessment Centers will now focus on symptoms, and testing in the assessment centers will be limited to those who have mild symptoms and are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 to large groups of people, including:

  • Those who work in at-risk setting(i.e. hospitals, long-term care)
  • Those who reside in vulnerable stings (i.e. homeless, prison, retirement home)
  • Those who have been sent by Toronto Public Health (i.e. from areas with cluster outbreaks)

Everyone else, including those with mild symptoms who have returned from travel, does not need testing unless they get sick enough to go the Emergency Department.

When Should I Go To an Emergency Department?

If you have symptoms of coughing or upper respiratory illness AND severe symptoms of the following – regardless of severity – please go to your nearest emergency department:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Weakness
• Lethargy
• Dizziness

Note: symptomatic infants less than six months old should always be assessed in the Emergency Department
What if I feel Ill but have not travelled?
Please self-monitor and if your symptoms worsen, call your family physician or visit an assessment centre. Please note that not all patients who come to the centre will be tested – only those who match the criteria.
What if I have travelled outside Canada and feel well?

If you do not have symptoms but have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, please self- monitor. If you have travelled in the last 14 days and mild symptoms of upper respiratory illness but no fever, underlying health issues, are younger than 60 and able to access the hospital/assessment Center if symptoms worsen, please self-isolate.

Home-management-infographic for COVID-19.

Covid-19 - Anxiety handout

Covid-19 Resources

Visit Public Health for more information