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Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting

In March 2017, Best Start, a key program of Health Nexus, published the resource Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting to respond to the needs of service providers across Ontario.
This resource summarizes the current knowledge about the effects of cannabis use can have on health, learning, relationships, fertility, pregnancy and children. The resource is available in print and PDF. The resource is also available in French.

Father-Inclusive Perinatal Parent Education Programs: A Systematic Review

Fathers contribute to their children's health starting at the beginning of life. Few parent education programs include fathers. Among those that do, there is little effort to report program effects on father outcomes. In this systematic review, we examined father-inclusive perinatal parent education programs in the United States as they relate to a range of father outcomes. Studies were included if they included an evaluation of a parent education program and a report of father outcomes measured within 1 year of the child's birth and were conducted within the United States.

Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario

The Best Start Resource Centre's bilingual Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario website contains messages to give to future parents, supporting evidence, resources, links and references on 25 prenatal topics. To ensure that you use only the most recent version when handing out PDFs to your clients, or when discussing the key messages topics, make sure to visit the website regularly and to register to receive updates notifications!

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Are the services your organization is offering as inclusive as they could be?

The Best Start Resource Centre's Open Hearts, Open Minds - Services that are Inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Families report shares how, with an open heart and open mind, service providers can positively influence the inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit families in services. The report provides key concepts and approaches for being inclusive.

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Are you working with First Nations future parents?

The Best Start Resource Centre's Beginning Journey - First Nations Pregnancy Resource book will help First Nations women to prepare for pregnancy, have a healthy pregnancy and welcome a new life into their family. It shares cultural knowledge from Elders, community members, and First Nations caregivers. It also provides medical information. Indigenous parents can access it online for free!

SDG Academy's free online course: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development
Children are our future – so how do we give them the best beginning for a happy and healthy life?

New Guideline on Breastfeeding Initiation, Exclusivity, and Continuation from RNAO

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's 2018 revised Best Practice Guideline (BPG) Promoting and Supporting the Initiation, Exclusivity, and Continuation of Breastfeeding for Newborns, Infants, and Young Children is a tool to support breastfeeding. It is meant to be used by nurses, other health-care providers, and peers during pregnancy and postpartum to support:
1. Breastfeeding initiation
2. Exclusivity for newborns and infants to six months of age
3. Continuation for infants and young children to two years or longer, in addition to complementary feeding

MNCHP Network Bulletins

MNCHP Network Bulletins

Our MNCHP bulletin provides a summary of news, articles, reports, initiatives and events related to preconception, prenatal and child health.