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Smart Start for Babies for Arabic Speaking Newcomers

This is a prenatal and nutrition education program for Arabic speaking women offered in partnership between the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC). We have one Arabic speaking staff member and an Arabic speaking interpreter to support our programming.



Note: Registration process for this program is meant for settlement workers, healthcare providers and other community partners.

Register Online

If you're not able to use the link above, please download the Registration Form (PDF), fill it out and fax the completed form to the attention of: Smart Start for Babies Program, MLHU (FAX: 519-663-8243).


Pregnant Arabic speaking women who have been in Canada less than 5 years

When and Where?

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC)
1119 Jalna Blvd, London
Thursday afternoons
This program is offered in-person

Prenatal Immigrant Program


Smart Start for Babies

Please email or call 519-663-5317 for more information.


Information about the program

Arabic interpretation provided
Interactive group prenatal sessions include content about health literacy (access, understanding, and use of pregnancy- and parenting-related health information, and the ability to navigate the Canadian health care system) delivered by Public Health Nurses, and food literacy skill building, and nutrition education delivered by a Registered Dietitian.
Group participants play an active role in determining the topics discussed that relate to pregnancy, labour & birth, and caring for a newborn in a new country
Clients are offered healthy food, grocery store and farmers’ market vouchers, and free prenatal vitamins, as well as nutrition and prenatal information

Do you work with pregnant clients who speak other languages?

For families who speak languages other than Arabic, the Health Unit offers prenatal home visits. Individuals who qualify for one on one prenatal home visits will receive free prenatal and nutrition program for pregnant women, teens and their families. The prenatal home visiting program, part of the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, with its own referral form, is for vulnerable women who are at risk of food insecurity. Interpreters will be booked by the Health Unit as required.

Date of creation: January 22, 2020
Last modified on: January 10, 2023