Dryden Regional Health Centre
58 Goodall Street, Dryden, ON, P8N 2Z6
Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital
#51 Highway 105, Red Lake, ON, P0V 2M0
La Verendrye Hospital - Riverside Health Care Facilities
110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Francesm ON, P9A 2B7
Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre
1 Meno Ya Win Way, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B4
Lake of the Woods District Hospital
807-468-9861, Ext. 2432
21 Sylvan Street, Kenora, ON, P9N 3W7
Northwestern Health Unit
Local Office Locations
The Northwestern Health Unit operates 14 offices in the Kenora-Rainy River District located in Kenora (two offices), Dryden, Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Atikokan, Ear Falls, Emo, Ignace, Machin, Rainy River, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, and Pickle Lake. Public health nurses at each of these locations can provide information about health issues and community services.
Prenatal Classes - Northwestern Health Unit
Prenatal classes are offered in various communities in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts by Northwestern Health Unit staff or other providers. It is important to call early in your pregnancy to register as classes are offered on an “as needed basis.” Topics include: healthy lifestyle choices, preparation for labour & birth, nutrition, exercise, breastfeeding, comfort measures & relaxation, and fetal development. Follow the above link for information on local class providers.
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children - Northwestern Health Unit
Program Information 1-800-465-4377
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children is a free, confidential and voluntary program for expectant families and those with children 0-6 years of age living in the Kenora Rainy River District. A team of Public Health Nurses and Parenting Partners provides families with support and information on topics such as caring for new baby, feeding and nutrition, growth and development, discipline, as well as many other issues they may want to know about. The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, together with community partners, links families with appropriate resources, supports and services in the community.
Well Baby Clinics - Northwestern Health Unit
Well Baby Clinics focus on child development and childhood immunization. Teams of Public Health Nurses provide families with valuable information on child development and provide immunization services. Follow the link above for information on Well Baby Clinics in your local area.
Drop-In Parent Support Groups - Northwestern Health Unit
Families are welcome to drop-in, meet other parents, and weigh and measure their baby at any of the drop-in parent support groups in the area. These informal, friendly groups provide the opportunity to pick up valuable information about breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, baby’s growth and development, infant care, and parenting. Follow the above link to find a drop -in group near you.
Parenting Support Groups - Northwestern Health Unit
A number of parenting support groups are offered throughout the Northwestern Health Unit area. Programs offred include; Make the Connection, Nobody's Perfect, Parent-Child Mother Goose, and Baby&Me. Follow the link above for the schedule in your local area.
Parenting Resource Guides - Northwestern Health Unit
These guides provide information on parenting resources in your local area.
Postpartum Support Groups - Northwestern Health Unit
Dryden - 807-223-3301
Sioux Lookout - 807-737-4506, ext 23
Fort Frances - 807-274-9827, ext 234
In Dryden Postpartum Depression Support Groups are offered for mothers who experience postpartum depression. These groups meet on an as-needed basis. In Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances Postpartum Peer Support is available for mothers experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. 1-on-1 support is offered by other women who has had postpartum depression in the past. Support is also available for partners, by partners. Follow the link above or call for more information.
Ontario Early Years Centres
The Ontario Early Years Centres are a place for children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. The Ontario Early Years Centres also bring together in one location information about children's services and programs in the community. If you have questions about your child's development, or want to know how to get information or services for your child aged 0-6 in your area contact your local centre.
Best Start Hubs - The Best Start Network
Best Start is a comprehensive, evidence-based early learning and care strategy designed to help give Ontario's children the best possible start in life and help them achieve success in school. The neighbourhood Early Learning and Care Hubs that provide a range of integrated services and supports for families with young children. Follow the link above for information on what is happening at the Best Start Hub in your community.
VillageMommy.com is a free service with a mission to bring the supportive village feel back to modern motherhood. The service help moms find other moms within walking distance who have babies/kids the same age as them. Peer support is proven to help moms' mental health and even improves outcomes for babies!
Kenora Rainy River District Crisis Line