If you’re a new or expectant parent, you likely have plenty of questions on everything from breastfeeding to what’s going on with your picky eater. You may be getting advice from well-meaning family and friends but did you know free and confidential health advice is just a phone call away?

York Region is launching a campaign to let expectant and new parents know they can receive advice from Public Health staff through Health Connection, a telephone information line.

If you’re pregnant, for example, you may be eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership. As part of the free program, public health nurses visit young, first-time mothers during their pregnancy and throughout the first two years of their child’s life in the privacy of their own homes. Expectant and new mothers can also book an appointment with a breastfeeding clinic, have breastfeeding questions answered or receive tips for successful infant feeding.

Learn about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, a home visiting program in which eligible parents are connected with a public health nurse and a family visitor to receive information, support and connections to community resources. Receive tips that will support your child’s healthy development and learn about mental health support and programs, including the Transition to Parenting group, to help navigate the adjustment to parenthood.

Health Connection also provides information on infectious disease (including publicly-funded vaccines, school immunization programs and immunization records), sexual health, sexually-transmitted infections, health protection (such as food safety and rabies) and dental health for children and youth. Contact Health Connection Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228, email accessyork@york.ca or visit york.ca/healthconnection.