Newborn health

Trusting relationships begin at birth

We are only beginning to understand the delicate interplay between nature and nurture.

One fact however, is clear: the more investments we make in our children early in their lives, the better the outcome for all concerned. Our understanding is further focused when we use the lens of Attachment Theory, “ a lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.” (John Bowlby, 1969). These trusting relationships that children develop with responsive caregivers beginning at birth are the foundation for future success and support them to pursue  goals and overcome challenges.

Children who do  not develop adequate attachment are more likely to develop maladaptive responses to life stress such as substance use and abuse. They also will be more likely to experience mental health issues and never fully develop self-regulation skills, which are  highly important to achieve social success.

Health Nexus resources

Building Resilience in Young Children: Booklet for parents of children from birth to six years

Building Resilience in Young Children
Booklet for parents of children from birth to six years (PDF)

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain – Ready-to-use Workshop and DVD

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain
Ready-to-use Workshop and DVD

Breastfeeding Matters: An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families

Breastfeeding Matters
This booklet will help women and their families explore breastfeeding from prenatal decisions, learning breastfeeding basics to gaining confidence. Topics include: making an informed decision, getting started, learning to breastfeed, common concerns, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The booklet was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.

The fact sheets complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet in special situations. They can be downloaded when needed. The following fact sheets are available.

A Sense of Belonging : Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

A Sense of Belonging
Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families (PDF)

On Track - Supporting Healthy Child Development and Early Identification in the Early

On Track - Supporting Healthy Child Development and Early Identification in the Early Years
A Reference Guide for Professionals in Ontario (website)

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