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  June 11th,2021 – Vaccine Clinic

To our community partners,

COVID-19 vaccination updates at West Toronto OHT vaccine clinics

  • The West Park Healthcare and Community Place Hub vaccine clinics:
    • First dose vaccinations: Available to Torontonians 12-17 years of age at the time of their appointment and 18 years of age and older. Book here . Walk-in appointments are also available at the Community Place Hub.
      Please note: Health Care Workers who need to book a first dose appointment can book into the 18+ category.
    • Second dose vaccinations: These clinics are moving up second dose appointments of all individuals 70 years of age and older and those who received their first dose before/on May 9 for whom they provided first doses. Those individuals will receive a communication about this through the email or phone number they provided at their first dose appointment. Please do not call or go in to the vaccination clinics to request a second dose. Appointments will be moved up on a “first-in, first-out” basis, as vaccine supply allows.
    • Bookable second dose vaccinations available: Those who have not been able to attain an accelerated second dose and meet the below eligibility criteria are able to book in at West Park and Community Place Hub using the online booking tool here:
      • individuals who are 70 years of age and older AND have waited the minimum interval between doses (Pfizer-BioNTech at least 21 days ago or Moderna at least 28 days ago)
      • those who received their first dose before/on May 9
      • individuals who live, work or attend school in these designated hot spot postal codes in Toronto AND have waited the minimum interval between doses (Pfizer-BioNTech at least 21 days ago or Moderna at least 28 days ago)
      • If your first dose was AstraZeneca, you can get Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech for your second dose (based on vaccine supply). It must be at least 12 weeks after your first dose.
  • Unity Health-St. Joseph’s vaccine clinic:
    • Second dose vaccinations: Unity Health will be moving up appointments on a “first-in, first-out” basis, as our vaccine supply allows. Those over the age of 70 (who have waited the minimum interval between doses), as well as anyone who received their first dose before/on May 9 at the St. Michael’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will receive an appointment confirmation via email or text message for their new second dose appointment date over the next couple of weeks.

 

  • CAMH
    • First dose vaccinations: bookings for people 12 years and older (at the time of appointment). Book here
    • Second dose vaccinations: CAMH is moving up appointments for those who received their first dose before/on April 18 at its clinic. New second dose appointment confirmations will be sent via email or text message.
    • Bookable second dose vaccinations available: For people 70 years and older (born in 1951 or earlier) who received a first dose of Pfizer. Book here
  • South Etobicoke Clinic:
    • This clinic continues to focus on first doses for South Etobicoke residents. This is being operated with direct outreach through South Etobicoke ambassadors. Appointments are also available online. Book here

How to book an appointment for eligible groups at a West Toronto OHT pop-up vaccine clinic or a Unity Health hospital vaccination clinic:

How to book appointments at mass immunization clinics and pharmacies:

Resources:

  • Attached to this email you will find two charts that outline:
    • When and where for a second dose
    • Which vaccine for second dose

This information is evolving rapidly, so eligibility will change.