North East LHIN and Maternal-Child Health Care

The NE LHIN encourages providers to enhance maternal and baby-friendly initiatives as an important strategy for lifelong health and wellbeing.

We support the work of the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health which is committed to identifying and implementing best practices in care delivery for Ontario mothers, babies, children, youth and their families. We also promote Ontario’s Baby-Friendly Initiative strategy, and encourage our providers to participate in its best practices.

The NE LHIN engages in quality improvement initiatives related to the community-based postpartum services through the Northern Postpartum Mood Disorder Strategy.

Northeast Maternal Child Health Committee

Recently, the NE LHIN established the Northeast Maternal Child Health Committee. Its purpose is to discuss standards and best practices, identify and seek solutions to common challenges, and support an integrated and coordinated system of maternal-child care in the NE LHIN that is aligned with provincial direction. Click here to read the Terms of Reference.

Baby-Friendly Initiative

Ontario’s Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) is an evidence-based program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) designed to improve infant health by supporting, promoting and protecting breastfeeding. BFI-designated agencies support best practice standards of care for mothers and infants. The Baby Friendly Initiative is important to facilities that work with new mothers including hospitals and community health services such as Public Health Units, Community Health Centres, Nurse-Practitioner Led Clinics, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, and Family Health Teams.

BFI-designated care providers in the NE LHIN (and year of designation) include:

Northern Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD) Strategy

This strategy is helping Ontarians experiencing postpartum mood disorders after a baby’s birth or the adoption of a child by raising awareness of postpartum mood disorders -- a mental illness known to be one of the most debilitating for women in their childbearing years. The NE LHIN has supported the project by sponsoring two educational videos on the strategy.

Relevant Links

For more information contact the North East LHIN’s Wendy Carew at