Being pregnant and being a parent is a special time. It can be a time of joy and celebration. It can also be a time of uncertainty filled with many questions. It is a time of many changes – there is a lot to learn. The following resources will provide you with information to support you in your pregnancy and parenting.
This information can help you or your partner to have a healthy pregnancy and to learn more about child development and parenting. It can also be a time when you are looking for guidance from Elders and Indigenous culture.
Best Start resources
Beginning Journey: First Nations Pregnancy Resource
This prenatal book will help First Nations women to prepare for pregnancy, to have a healthy pregnancy and to welcome a new life into their family. It shares cultural knowledge from Elders, community members and First Nations caregivers. It also provides medical information. At the end of each chapter there is a page where women can make notes about their pregnancy.
You and your Baby…
These printer-ready handouts provide information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.
Alcohol and Drugs
Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Printer-ready Handouts
The handouts provide information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.
Indigenous Pregnancy and Alcohol - Brochure
This brochure is for Indigenous women on the topic of alcohol and pregnancy. It includes the effects of drinking, traditional teachings about pregnancy and where to get help in Ontario.
Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation
This booklet was created to support Indigenous women with the art of breastfeeding. The Medicine Wheel is used to symbolize the balance needed to support breastfeeding women.
Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
The handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Your Baby - Magnet (guidelines for nursing mothers)
This 13 cm by 18 cm fridge magnet is a teaching aid for new mothers and their families. It is a good reminder for mothers on how to assess their infant’s breastfeeding effectiveness during the first three weeks. Colourful graphics and photographs with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful.
Healthy Weights, Nutrition and Physical Activity
Creating Healthier Communities
This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. This book helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to having good mental and spiritual health. It helps parents explore their culture with their young one(s).
Eating the Right Stuff
This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to eating good food.
Folic Acid - Poster
This poster includes key information about folic acid.
When Children Speak More Than One Language
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014
As a parent of a child who will learn two or more languages, you may have questions. This guide will give you information based on research to help you.
Language is the best tool to help a child do well later in school and in life.
This book for parents of young children was created as part a project to help communities prevent obesity in Indigenous children. It helps parents give their child the best start in life when it comes to being active.
Have a Ball Together! - Brochure
This brochure provides Indigenous parents with information about the promotion of physical activity for children aged 2-5 years.
Have a Ball Together! - Parent Resource Activity Cards
There are four laminated cards that provide parents with seasonal ideas of how to be physically active with their children.
Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Video
This video is for Indigenous parents and caregivers. It offers real stories from Indigenous families who have smoke-free homes. These people talk about the approaches that worked for them. The purpose of the video is to:
Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children – Parent Handout
You can download this parent handout about smoke-free homes. The fact sheet includes information about cultural use of sacred tobacco, recreational use of commercial tobacco, second and third hand smoke and smoke-free homes.
Links and resources
Preconception and Prenatal Health
- Indigenous Women’s Health
- Healthy Choices in Pregnancy Fact Sheet
- National Aboriginal Council of Midwives
- Tobacco Fact Sheet
Early Child Development
- Caregiver-Infant Attachment for Aboriginal Families
- Caring for Children the Inuit Way
- Childhood Health and Wellness Resource Booklets
- Children and Technology
- Early Childhood Tooth Decay
Infant Mental Health Promotion – Sick Kids
Inutsiaqpagutit: That Which Enables You To Have A Good Life: Supporting Inuit Early Life Health
- Making Your Home Safe for Your Baby: Information for Moms, Dads and People Who Care for Children
- Ontario Government Programs for Aboriginal Children and Youth
- Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada
- Health Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
- Métis Nation of Ontario
- National Aboriginal Health Organization
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network
- Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
- Sexual Health
- The Healthy Aboriginal Network
Resource in Ojicree