New group support for new mothers coming soon

May 8, 2015

Public Health nurses to facilitate drop-in group on Fridays beginning May 22

WETASKIWIN – Local mothers who have questions or concerns, or who would simply like support following the birth of their infant will now have access to a free group, offered by Alberta Health Services.

Beginning later this month, Baby and You is a drop-in support group that provides new mothers with an opportunity to make important connections with health professionals, and other mothers. Public Health nurses will offer information as requested on issues such as infant growth and development, nutrition and the importance of immunization.

Infant scales will be available so that new mothers can weigh their babies during group meetings, allowing for any growth concerns to be addressed on the spot with the nurse. Most babies lose weight in the days following birth, but should be back to their birth weight by two weeks of age.

The group will also provide an opportunity for breastfeeding mothers to meet and offer each other support. Breastfeeding offers protection against numerous childhood illnesses, contributes to optimal growth and physical development, and prevents the development of many diseases in adulthood.

The Baby and You group will meet at the Wetaskiwin Community Health Centre, located at 5610 40 Ave., on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information on the group please contact the Wetaskiwin Community Health Centre at 780-361-4333.

No appointment or referral is necessary, and fathers are welcome to attend as well.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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