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!

Newborn

COVID-19 Pregnancy, Childbirth & Breastfeeding

Guidelines for Nursing Mothers

https://resources.beststart.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/B02-E.pdf

Safe Sleep

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/parenting/babys-first-year/safe-sleep/

Attachment and Bonding

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/attachment

Period of Purple Crying

http://purplecrying.info/what-is-the-period-of-purple-crying.php#targetText=The%20Period%20of%20PURPLE%20Crying,described%20by%20the%20acronym%20PURPLE.&targetText=During%20this%20phase%20of%20a,still%20be%20healthy%20and%20normal.

Preventing Flat Head

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/preventing_flat_heads

http://www.sickkids.ca/Craniofacial/What-we-do/Craniofacial-Conditions/Positional-Plagiocephaly/index.html

Vitamin D

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/vitamin_d

Breastfeeding

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

https://resources.beststart.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/B02-E.pdf

Toronto Public Health Breastfeeding Resources

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/breastfeeding/

Toronto Public Health Breastfeeding Services- Clinics & Groups

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/breastfeeding/services/

La Leche League Toronto

https://www.lllc.ca/find-group-ontario?city=toronto

International Breastfeeding Centre- Support & Resources

Breast Pumps

Growth and Development

Baby’s First Year

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/parenting/babys-first-year/

Your Child’s Development

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/your_childs_development

Immunizations

Ontario Immunization Program

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/static/immunization_tool.html

Tips to Improve Your Child’s Immunization Experience

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/immunization/get-immunized-children-youth/tips-to-improve-your-childs-immunization-experience/

Vaccines- Myths & Facts

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/vaccines-myths-and-facts

Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/postpartum-depression-and-anxiety/services-in-toronto/non-urgent-services-in-toronto/toronto-services-for-perinatal-mental-health/

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/postpartum-depression-and-anxiety/

PPD Services in Toronto

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/postpartum-depression-and-anxiety/services-in-toronto/

Infant and Toddler Nutrition

Village Family Health- Intro to Solids

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Intro-to-solids.pdf

Toddler Nutrition

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Toddler-nutrition.pdf

Iron Needs of Babies and Children

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/iron_needs_of_babies_and_children

Nutri-Step 18 months

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/What-is-NutriStep.pdf

Building a Healthy Toddler

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/E5-How-to-Build-a-Healthy-Toddler-ENG-2015.pdf

Tips on Feeding Picky Eaters

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Tips-Feeding-Picky-Toddler.pdf

Physical Activity

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CSEP_PAGuidelines_early-years_en.pdf

http://villagefht.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CSEP_SBGuidelines_early-years_en.pdf

Dental

Healthy Teeth

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthy_teeth_for_children

Parenting Programs

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/children-programs-activities/child-family-programs-and-groups/parenting-groups-and-services/

Resources

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

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario

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

https://www.stjoesfamilyob.com/

Toronto Public Health- Prenatal Programs

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/children-parenting/pregnancy-and-parenting/pregnancy/during-pregnancy/prenatal-programs/

Health Resources

Updated - April 6, 2021

Vaccine Resources 

COVID Vaccines are now more available with eligibility criteria changing rapidly to include more people. We encourage you to schedule a vaccination appointment when you become eligible. We are writing to provide information about where to schedule a vaccine based on different eligibility criteria.

People age 60+ years, can register to be vaccinated at any of the nine Toronto Public Health Mass Vaccine Clinics. Here is the link:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

Other eligibility criteria (including High Risk health care worker, Hot Spot Communities, High Risk Chronic Conditions) can register at community-based vaccine clinics. Eligibility criteria vary by clinic and change quickly. Please check back regularly to see if you are eligible to register.

The link to review eligibility, and book appointments at community clinics can be found here: https://vaccineto.ca/sites

Liberty Village, and other surrounding areas, are currently considered “Hot Spot Communities”. If you are 50 year of age or older, and residing in these high-risk areas, please see below for

For Postal Codes starting with: M6K  M6N  M8V  M9A  M9B  M9C  M9R  M9V  M9W, please book your appointment at Unity Health: https://unityhealth.to/covid-19-vaccination-at-unity-health/

For Postal Codes starting with: M5V  M6E  M6H, please book your appointment at UHN: https://www.uhn.ca/COVID19_Vaccine

High Risk Chronic Conditions

There are many chronic health conditions that will be prioritized for vaccination. They will be listed on the vaccine clinic’s registration site. Eligibility is changing regularly. Please check your preferred vaccine clinic to determine eligibility criteria. You are not required to bring a note from your physician confirming that you have the medical condition. You are encouraged to bring along some of your medication to show to the vaccine team, if asked, and if applicable. Locally, Unity Health and UHN are currently vaccinating individuals in the “Highest Risk” and “High Risk” Categories (for a detailed list, please see link: https://unityhealth.to/covid-19-vaccination-at-unity-health/)

Village Family Health Team is open and seeing patients. As per By-Law, a face covering is required for everyone except children under 2. For the safety of you and our team, you will be asked screening questions before your appointment. If you require someone to attend your appointment with you, please limit to one additional person.

Saturday Clinic:  Please Note:

Due to Covid-19, Saturday walk-in clinic is suspended. Patients are advised to call on Saturday mornings and schedule a virtual appointment with the doctor . Walk-in will no longer be accepted.
9:00am - 12:00pm (Urgent care only)- Last registration is 11.00am