Peer Parenting Support Program


Ottawa Public Health is looking for input and ideas from expecting, new, and existing parents/caregivers to develop a Peer Parenting Support Program.

Peer support is when people share their know-how and experience while giving emotional, social and/or real-world help to each other.

Our goal is a program that will support expecting and new parents or caregivers by helping them connect with parents who have had similar experiences. Through peer matches, this program can have a great impact on parents by offering social connections, learning opportunities and ways of helping them deal with the daily stress and anxiety of parenting, improving the health of both parents and babies.

Sign up now to help develop our Peer Parenting Support program! We are looking to get your thoughts and ideas from June 17th to August 18th, 2019. Each week will feature new questions and topics so be sure to check back often!


Ottawa Public Health is looking for input and ideas from expecting, new, and existing parents/caregivers to develop a Peer Parenting Support Program.

Peer support is when people share their know-how and experience while giving emotional, social and/or real-world help to each other.

Our goal is a program that will support expecting and new parents or caregivers by helping them connect with parents who have had similar experiences. Through peer matches, this program can have a great impact on parents by offering social connections, learning opportunities and ways of helping them deal with the daily stress and anxiety of parenting, improving the health of both parents and babies.

Sign up now to help develop our Peer Parenting Support program! We are looking to get your thoughts and ideas from June 17th to August 18th, 2019. Each week will feature new questions and topics so be sure to check back often!

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    Don't forget to fill out our short survey as well after letting us know what you think!

    • What are your thoughts and impressions overall about this potential matching system?
    • What is an example of something you used in the past to access a service or product that is similar? What did you like or not like about it? Do you agree or disagree with the potential advantages of the system that Danielle listed off in the video?



    Don't forget to fill out our short survey as well after letting us know what you think!

    • What are your thoughts and impressions overall about this potential matching system?
    • What is an example of something you used in the past to access a service or product that is similar? What did you like or not like about it? Do you agree or disagree with the potential advantages of the system that Danielle listed off in the video?



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    Many of us have probably been a part of a community program as either a participant, a volunteer, or both.

    Have you ever been part of a program that was really successful or a program that didn’t quite meet your needs? Tell us about it...

    Many of us have probably been a part of a community program as either a participant, a volunteer, or both.

    Have you ever been part of a program that was really successful or a program that didn’t quite meet your needs? Tell us about it...
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    Talking to someone who is going through something similar to you can be very helpful. This is why we are creating a “peer matching” program. Peer matching is when an experienced parent or caregiver is paired with a new parent or caregiver for support.

    What would a good match look like to you? Is there something specific that you would want your peer to know? Would any of the following play a role in creating a helpful match:

    • Age, sex, gender, culture, ethnicity, or religion

    • Similar parenting experiences

    • Having children with disabilities or special needs

    Are there other things to think about when being matched with someone?

    Talking to someone who is going through something similar to you can be very helpful. This is why we are creating a “peer matching” program. Peer matching is when an experienced parent or caregiver is paired with a new parent or caregiver for support.

    What would a good match look like to you? Is there something specific that you would want your peer to know? Would any of the following play a role in creating a helpful match:

    • Age, sex, gender, culture, ethnicity, or religion

    • Similar parenting experiences

    • Having children with disabilities or special needs

    Are there other things to think about when being matched with someone?

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    As a new parent, it can be hard to know what support is helpful and where to find it. Peer support happens when people share their know-how and experience while giving emotional, social and/or real-world help to each other. Could peer support be helpful for new parents or caregivers?

    As a new parent, it can be hard to know what support is helpful and where to find it. Peer support happens when people share their know-how and experience while giving emotional, social and/or real-world help to each other. Could peer support be helpful for new parents or caregivers?

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