Information for newcomers

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 in Canada.

This information can help you or your partner to have a healthy pregnancy and to learn more about child development and parenting.

 

Our resources in English for Newcomers to Canada

We also offer resources in French, and in many other languages.

Abuse and Pregnancy

You and your baby - Handout

You and your Baby… - Printer-ready handouts
Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario with the support of Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2014

These printer-ready handouts provide information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Cree – N Dialect, Punjabi, Severn Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy- Printer-ready handouts

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Printer-ready handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2012

These handouts provide information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Matters - An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2017

This guide will help you and your family to explore breastfeeding. Topics include: the importance of breastfeeding, making an informed decision, helping your baby get a good start, learning to breastfeed, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The guide was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.

Also available in FrenchArabicBengaliChinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The fact sheets complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet in special situations. They can be downloaded when needed. The following fact sheets are available:

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet

My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions you may have as an expectant parent or as a new parent. You can share this guide with the people who are supporting you.

Available also in FrenchArabicBengaliFilipinoGujaratiHindiKoreanPersianPunjabiRussianSerbian (Cyrillic), SomaliSpanishSimplified ChineseTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding- Printer-ready handouts

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2013

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.

Availablealso in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), CreeHindi, Ojibway, PunjabiSpanishTamilTagalog, and Urdu.

Breastfeeding Your Baby: guidelines for nursing mothers - Magnet

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Guidelines for nursing mothers - Chart
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

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.

Available also in FrenchArabicBengaliFilipinoGujaratiHindiKoreanOjibwayPersianPunjabiRussianSerbian (Cyrillic), SomaliSpanishSimplified ChineseTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby - Booklet

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby - Booklet
BFI Strategy for Ontario 2016

This Early Preterm breastfeeding booklet supports families who have an early preterm baby born prior to 34 weeks gestation who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby. Topics include: breastfeeding your preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.

also available in FrenchArabicBengaliChinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby - Booklet

Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby - Booklet
BFI Strategy for Ontario 2016

This Late Preterm breastfeeding booklet supports families who have a late preterm baby born between 34 and 37 weeks gestation and who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby. Topics include: breastfeeding your late preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.

Also available in FrenchArabicBengaliChinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, TagalogTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

Child Development

When children speak more than one language - Booklet

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 shool and in life.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese, Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

growing up in a new land - Book

Growing Up in a New Land - A Guide for Newcomer Parents
Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This booklet is for newcomer parents with children 0-6. It contains information on community and government support organizations as well as resources and tips for adjusting to a new land while honouring one’s culture.

Baby wants - Booklet

Baby Wants 
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

 

This booklet for parents encourages them to do simple things to help develop their young child: playing, reading, singing, etc. The text is simple and the images describe the activities suggested.

Available also in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)HindiPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil and Urdu

Mental Health

Life with a new baby - Booklet

Life With a New Baby Is Not Always What You Expect - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2015

This 12 page brochure provides pregnant women and new parents with information on the baby blues and postpartum mood disorders. Parents are encouraged to seek help and use strategies for self-care.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

Nutrition

Healthy Eating for a Healthy baby - Booklet

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby
Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2009

This 36 page booklet provides information for pregnant women on nutrition in pregnancy. It addresses current concerns and questions such as alcohol and fish consumption, food safety, weight gain and physical activity. A nutrition quiz, charts and recipes are also included.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2016

This guide provides information about feeding your baby from six months to one year. It answers questions you may have about breastfeeding and starting solid foods. 

Also available in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified), CreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSpanishTagalogTamil, and Urdu.

Prenatal and Postpartum Health

preterm labour signs and synptoms - Booklet

Preterm Labour Signs & Symptoms Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2012

This brochure provides critical information on how to recognize preterm labour signs and symptoms and when to seek help.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Giving birth in a new land - book

Giving Birth in a New Land – A guide for women new to Canada and their families
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2014

This booklet contains information for newcomer women who are pregnant and expect to deliver their baby in Ontario. It includes information on local practices related to the prenatal and postnatal period, as well as services and resources available.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, TagalogTamil and Urdu

Signs to watch for if you are pregnant

Important Signs to Watch for if you are Pregnant - Image
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2012

This small decal provides critical information on important signs and symptoms to watch for during pregnancy and when to seek help.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu

Workplace

Work and pregnancy do mix - Brochure

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2011

This booklet is for working women who are or may become pregnant. It provides information on workplace risks, ways to reduce risks and sources of additional information.

Available also in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

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