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Family Health & Child Development


The Family Health & Child Development department consists of the Maternal Child Health, Healthy Babies/Healthy Children and Early Childhood Development Services.

Vision Statement

All children (aged 0-6 years) in Tyendinaga and their parents will meet their full potential.

“We believe that the Creator has entrusted us with the sacred responsibility to raise our families… we realize healthy families are the foundation of strong and healthy communities. The future of our communities lies with our children,…”


Maternal Child Health & Healthy Babies/Healthy Children

Functions & Activities

Maternal Child Health, Early Childhood Development, Healthy Babies Healthy Children & Canada Prenatal Nutrition programs work with parents to achieve their goals for both their children and themselves. These programs provide:

  • Home visits to pregnant women and families with young children 0-6
  • Support for families with young children to access the services they need.

Eligibility: Family Health and Child Development is a voluntary program available to families with children aged 0 – 6 years for Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory residents. Clients must receive a minimum of 1 home visit per month.

Services & Initiatives

Home Visits

Home visits provide support, and information and links with Elders and other community resources. A home visit from a Community Health Nurse or Family Visitor will provide information on:

  • Prenatal & Postnatal Services
  • Taking care of yourself during pregnancy, and after your baby is born
  • What to expect as your baby grows and develops
  • Getting ready to bring your baby home
  • How to keep your baby and young children safe
  • Feeding your baby - GOOD BABY BOX, call a week in advance for orders. Some pricing details here
  • Breastfeeding
  • When to start solid foods
  • Supports available in our community


Additional Services
  • Post Partum Doula Care
  • Resource & child care equipment lending
  • Cultural resources & information
  • Community workshops & Information sessions
  • Monthly activities including: Bears and Cubs, Craft & Pizza nights, workshops, Quilting, Community Circle

Early Childhood Development

Focusing on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

Our Goal is: to reduce FASD births & help make life better for families & their children who have FASD.


There is a lot to know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD. 

Here are a few questions many people ask.


What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

FASD is a term that describes a range of disabilities that may affect people whose mothers drank alcohol while they were pregnant.


  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)
  • Alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND)
  • Alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD)

How do you get FASD?

The only way someone can get FASD is if their mother drank alcohol when she was pregnant.  Alcohol causes brain damage in the developing baby.


There is no gene for FASD!  This means that a mother who is diagnosed with FASD will not pass it to her child if she does not drink when she is pregnant.


Can FASD be cured?

Unfortunately, FASD cannot be cured.  People live with FASD for their entire life.  However, people with FASD can still do very well with helpful supports and services.


Remember: FASD is 100% preventable, be safe, no alcohol during pregnancy!


UPCOMING DEPARTMENTAL EVENTS (view our monthly Newsletter for our local events or the @MBQ.TMT facebook events page)


Educational/Helpful Information

Baby Boxes - Baby boxes have recently begun to be distributed in Canada. CAPC and CPNP funded projects and community-based public health partners have asked the Public Health Agency of Canada for their position on these boxes. This note provides information on the boxes and answers key questions to help organizations assess the boxes and their contents.

Government of Canada introduces new Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations

Free Children's Clothing - God's Closet Belleville

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

The Origins of Maple Syrup and Sugar - A Mohawk Legend

Wampum Beads

Caregiver-Infant Attachment for Aboriginal Families

Creation Story


Haudenosaunee Games

Fitting your Helmet 

Safety Tips for Toys with Magnets or Batteries

Toy Safety

Product Recalls, Food and other Health and Safety Alerts

Contact Us:

Community Wellbeing Building
50 Meadow Drive
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
613.967.0122 extension #139