I remember finding out I was pregnant with our first like it was yesterday. The excitement (and nerves) were overwhelming and I was hungry for information. Within a day I had gone out and bought about three different books and had started searching every possible baby-related thing on the Internet. I really wanted to know whatever I could about my developing baby, how to keep myself healthy and parenting in the early months after the baby was born.
As I started making my way through all of the information out there, it became increasingly apparent that there were a ton of conflicting theories. It seemed like the recommendations on what to do and what not to do changed yearly and my quest for information got confusing. Could I eat soft cheeses? Some websites from other countries said no but in Canada it was okay because of the rules around the cheeses we sell. What order of foods do you use when you start solids? That one changed constantly and was actually different for each one of our three kids.
That’s why, when I saw a recent announcement by the Province of Nova Scotia, I felt a little jealous of all of the pregnant and new Moms and Dads out there right now. The Province has launched this FREE new website/ program called “Welcome to Parenting”.
I was curious so I went on the website and took the virtual tour they have on the front page. It really does look like it has everything – from prenatal, to birth, to nursing and baby care up through the first year. There are communities too and when you sign up you get placed with a group of people who have a similar due date so that you can share milestones and relevant information if you want. They even have a panel of experts available to answer questions that people post.
So although this is outside what I usually blog about, I wanted to make sure that you all knew that this program exists and that you pass it on to friends who are expecting. I’m not sure I can think of anywhere else where you can get information that is always current, endorsed by trusted local sources (both the government and the IWK were involved) and that you can have at your fingertips online whenever you need it. Plus in my mind, the ability to be able to ask your own questions is huge.
Geez, it almost makes me want to have another baby (hubby, if you’re reading this, I promise I’m kidding…).
Deanna is a Mom of three, wife, marketer and blogger – lover of travel, morning coffee, family time, belly laughs, good friends and uninterrupted showers! Follow her on twitter @DeannaCMiller