Becoming a Parent
Whether you’re a new parent, about to become a parent or just thinking about starting a family, the Manitoba government offers a wide range of information and services for you.
See a doctor early in your pregnancy and have regular checkups. Maintain good prenatal care and plan for a healthy baby.
Plan for a healthy baby
A variety of health and nutrition tips for mom and baby, and other useful information for moms-to-be.
Midwives offer a new choice for you and your baby.
Healthy Baby program
Healthy Baby is a two-part program in Manitoba that can offer financial help and social and educational support through community programs.
Find a doctor.
Family Doctor Connection
Are you looking for a family physician? The Family Doctor Connection line will find a family physician in your area accepting new patients. Call 786-7111 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-866-690-8260.
Quick Care Clinics
Quick care clinics are there to meet the unexpected health care needs of you and your family during times when most other clinics are closed.
Health Links – Info Santé
Health Links is a 24-hour, 7-days a week telephone information service. Staffed by registered nurses with the knowledge to provide answers over the phone to health care questions and guide you to the care you need.
Maternity and Parental Leave
An unpaid leave, taken by mothers near the end of a pregnancy or immediately afterwards.
Taken by fathers and mothers to care for a child after birth or adoption.
You may also be entitled to Maternity and Parental Benefits through Employment Insurance.
After the baby is born
Registering your new baby
Every child born in Manitoba must be registered within 5 days of birth or before the baby leaves the health facility. As of July 1, 2011, parents can choose to apply for Canada Child Benefits or a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for their baby when they complete the Registration of birth form.
Apply for a birth certificate.
Immunize your baby.
- Infant feeding pamphlets
Families’ First offers home visiting supports to families with children, from pregnancy to school entry at no cost.
Insight Mentoring Program
Formerly called Stop FASD, Insight provides a unique, three year, intensive service to women 18 and over. Women who are pregnant or have recently given birth and used alcohol or drugs during pregnancy are welcome to enroll.
Benefits and subsidies
The benefit ensures women meet their extra nutritional needs during pregnancy. Forms are available from the office below or can be downloaded online.
Manitoba Child Benefit
Provides monthly benefits to low-income Manitoba families needing assistance with the cost of raising their children. This benefit replaces the Child Related Income Supplement Program (CRISP).
Helps low income families receiving income assistance to pay their rent.
Child Care Subsidy
Helps eligible families with the costs of child care.
Child and Family Benefits
Financial benefits from the Government of Canada.
Adoption and Foster Care
Find out about the adoption process.
Post Adoption Registry
The Post-Adoption Registry provides non-identifying information, search and reunion services to eligible family members who were involved in an adoption that was granted in Manitoba.
Find out how to become a foster family.
Find day care, parenting guidance, and other links to help in the development of your child.
Child Care Online Registry
The Manitoba Child Care Program makes it easier for families to find and apply for licensed child care in Manitoba..
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Small changes can make a big difference with the Positive Parenting Program.
Manitoba Parent Zone
ManitobaParentZone.ca is a dynamic, made-in-Manitoba website designed to provide parents with trusted resources and information to help them with the world’s toughest and most rewarding job – parenting.
Early childhood development pamphlets
Download pamphlets on various subjects such as caring for a child with a fever, temper tantrums, early childhood fears and more.
Early Childhood Development Initiative
The Early Childhood Development Initiative, in partnership with Healthy Child Manitoba, is designed to help preschoolers get ready for school.
Brings parents, community organizations, school divisions and health professionals together through community partnerships across the province to support parents, improve children’s nutrition and literacy and help communities help families.
Make it Count
This online guide provides information, activities and tips for parents to engage their children in responsible money management.