Healthy Start is a pregnancy and parent & baby program.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you have may have questions before attending one of our groups. Click on the questions below to find the answers to some of the most commons questions we receive from parents just like you!

What has changed for Healthy Start during COVID?

Instead of groups in the community, we offer virtual groups. Our outreach workers and dietitians are here to answer your questions and connect you with other community resources. Please call 204-949-5350 or email hsmm@hsmm.ca.

Is there a cost to attend groups?

There is no cost to attend our groups. They are completely free.

What should I expect when I attend a group?

We offer a warm, inviting environment for you to learn pregnancy & parenting information. We have an outreach worker, public health nurse and dietitian available to answer your questions. We also offer a healthy snack, food demonstrations and provide milk & egg coupons (if needed).

Learn more about our Pregnancy Program
Learn more about our Parent & Baby Program

What age do you have to be to attend a group?

All ages are welcome.

How often do groups take place?

Once every two weeks (about two times per month).

When can I attend?

At any point during your pregnancy or before your child turns one, we welcome you to attend a group.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

There is no need to register. Simply join us at one of our groups.

What I.D. or paperwork do I need to bring?

Please bring your Manitoba Health card.

Can my partner come with me?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your partner or a support person along with you.

Can dads attend with their babies?

Yes, dads can attend with their babies and with or without their partner.

I have other children. Can I bring them along?

Yes, if you have other children aged 1-5 years old, we provide childminding (space is limited).

I have questions about my Manitoba Prenatal Benefit cheque (examples: eligibility, or address change).

Please contact:

Manitoba Prenatal Benefit Provincial Services
100-114 Garry Street,
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 4V4
Ph: 204-948-7368
Toll Free: 1-877-587-6224
Email: incsup@gov.mb.ca
Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/healthybaby/mpb.html

Where is the closest group to where I live?

We operate groups in 9 Winnipeg neighbourhoods. View our interactive map to find a location nearest to you.

I’m taking a bus. Which group is closest to my home?

All of our groups can be accessed by local transit. First, visit our Find a Location page to find the address of the nearest drop-in. Next, visit Winnipeg Transit’s website to plan your trip. You will need to input your address, the address of the group and the time you would like to arrive.

What day of the week & time are the groups?

All groups take place in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Tuesday to Thursday. View our calendar for upcoming groups.

Do you offer groups in the evenings or on the weekends?

We don’t have evening or weekend groups, but other community Healthy Baby groups may offer an evening group. Please click here for more information.

Are you on social media?

Yes! Our Facebook Page is for parents just like you who are looking for daily tips for giving your baby its healthiest start possible! Visit our Page and make sure to “like” us! On Instagram you can find us @Healthystartwpg