Healthy Baby

The program focuses on:

nutrition, health and exercise for the pregnant woman
nutrition and health for the baby and her after the baby is born
development of fetus
development of the baby after it is born
parenting and care for the baby
food, household and fire safety
preparation of healthy snacks
addictions issues
family violence

What is the Manitoba Parenatal Benefit?

To help you eat well while you are pregnant, the Manitoba government will send you a monthly cheque if you also:

1) Live in Manitoba
2) Have a low to moderate income (net family income less than about $32,000 a year).

How much will the Parenatal Benefit be?

The amount of your cheque depends on how much money you (and your spouse, if you are married or living common law) made last year. Many people will receive about $80 a month. Others will receive lower amounts.

When can I start getting the benefit?

Apply as soon as possible. The benefit can start by your 14th week of pregnancy.

How long will this benefit last?

The benefit is paid while you are pregnant and ends in the month your baby is due. After your baby is born, federal child benefits begin. There are also Healthy Baby community support programs. These are friendly and informal services. They can answer your questions about pregnancy and your new baby. They can support you so you don't feel alone.

How do I apply for the benefit?

See you doctor and ask for a note about your pregnancy and due date. Fill out a Manitoba Parenatal Benefit application form. Send your completed application (with the doctor's note) in the envelope provided to:
  • See your Healthy Baby coordinator at the DFC

Healthy Baby: Manitoba Parenatal Benefit

219-114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4V6

For more information or applications about the Manitoba Parenatal Benefit or Healthy Baby community programs, please call:

Robin Gambler - Healthy Baby Coordinator
c/o Dauphin Friendship Centre

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