Healthy Families Fairfax - Preparing for Parenthood

Throughout Pregnancy and Your Baby's First Years

Healthy Families Fairfax is for parents who are expecting a child and want help to be the best parents possible.

5 Steps to Building a Brighter Future for You and Your Baby:

1 – Prepare for the birth of your child

  • Prenatal care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Bonding and attachment

2 – Promote your baby’s health and well-being

  • Newborn care
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Immunizations and well care checkups

3 – Grow in your role as your baby’s first teacher

  • Baby’s developmental stages
  • Reading baby’s cues and communicating with your child
  • Activities to prepare your child for school

4 – Learn useful parenting strategies

  • Bedtime and feeding routines
  • Positive discipline techniques
  • How to soothe your baby

5 – Connect to community resources

  • Playgroups and parent networks
  • Child care, health and social service providers
  • Therapists and care for children with special needs
  • Housing, education, employment and financial counselors

Your Family Support Worker and Nurse Will:

  • Make regular home visits before your child is born and continue until your child is ready for preschool or kindergarten.
  • Help answer any questions you have about pregnancy and the best ways to make sure your baby’s birth is healthy.
  • Teach problem-solving skills you can use during different stages of your child’s growth.
  • Bring fun and creative activities you and your baby can do together.
  • Observe and track your baby’s progress during different stages of early life to help prevent any possible health or learning problems.

Healthy Families is a Free and Voluntary Program

A family support worker and a nurse visit you in your home on a regular basis before your child is born and continue until your child is ready for preschool or kindergarten.

National Recognition

Our program is nationally accredited by Healthy Families America® as a provider of highest quality home visitation services. Staff are certified in the use of a nationally recognized curriculum, Parents As Teachers.

Healthy Families Fairfax is a collaboration of two Fairfax County departments – Family Services and Health – and local nonprofit agencies – United Community Ministries, Reston Interfaith and Northern Virginia Family Service.

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For more information or
to schedule an appointment

Call 703-702-6095; TTY 711

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Celebrate your new job of parenthood and
prepare for its challenges

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A Healthy Families Fairfax family support worker and a nurse work together with you.

All our services are free, private and confidential; participation is completely voluntary.

Get this information as a pdf flyer:
Healthy Families Fairfax,
Preparing for Parenthood

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