The Healthy and Home Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Healthy and Home, based at West Winds Primary Health Care Centre, is part of the Maternal and Children’s Health Services portfolio.

The program began in 1992 as an innovative approach to early discharge for new babies and their families. It has evolved over the years through many creative initiatives, always with the goal of providing high quality care to clients.

Today, the program provides services and support in four areas:

  • A Breastfeeding Centre, staffed by lactation consultants, sees clients who are having challenges with breastfeeding their infants. In conjunction with this centre, a weekly drop-in Breastfeeding Café, facilitated by a lactation consultant, encourages information sharing and mother-to-mother support.
  • Support for women experiencing postpartum depression/anxiety is provided through telephone and group support. The weekly group is co-facilitated by a Healthy and Home nurse and a mental health worker.
  • Support is also provided to families who have experienced a loss through a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Did you know?

  • West Winds Primary Health Centre received a Breastfeeding Friendly designation in October 2011, an achievement that was honoured by a SAHO Green Ribbon Award and a Saskatoon Health Region Quality award.
  • In October 2012, the Healthy and Home nurses saw 280 new mothers for a total of 465 home visits.
  • In October 2012, the Breastfeeding Centre saw 68 families in the Breastfeeding Centre, and 100 mothers and their infants attended the Breastfeeding Café.

The Healthy and Home vision for the future includes a home phototherapy program and increased breastfeeding support to vulnerable populations.