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Call us at (403) 910-3219 or email us to connect.

For Parents and Families

For Parents and Families
For Parents and Families

Caring for your child, supporting you and your family.

WCCHN is dedicated to providing parents and families with practical information, resources and guidance as they navigate the world of child CHD. We know this can be a difficult and challenging time, but rest assured, the hundreds of care providers, clinicians and families who make up our network are with you. You are not alone.

Through the health authorities and medical specialists that make up the network, your child will receive the very best medical care available. No matter where you are located or what type of care is needed – you are in good hands.

The information on this page can help you better understand your child’s condition, prepare for surgery, arrange for any necessary travel (if you need to leave home for treatment) and connect with other families who have a heart hero like yours.

Preparing for your child’s surgery

The idea of your child needing heart surgery can be scary. Leaving home to get the treatment they need can make things even more difficult. We know it is impossible to alleviate all your worries. However, we’ve put together some information that may be of use.

Children requiring cardiac surgery in Western Canada are often referred to one of two surgical sites in our network. We’ve created individual pages for each of them to assist you in preparing for surgery, planning any necessary travel, and more.

You are not alone

Have you recently been introduced to the world of CHD? Are you looking to connect with other parents dealing with similar challenges? Are you looking for other heart families in your area?

It can be difficult to process your child’s CHD diagnosis. We understand that you have concerns, fears, and questions, but we also understand that having a strong support system can assist. In fact, accessing social and emotional support is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family.

You Are Not Alone

Learn more about your child’s condition

It’s normal to have a lot of questions right now. When your child is diagnosed with CHD, you will be introduced to many new things. You may even have to visit unfamiliar places, such as the hospital, a different city, or a different province.

Keep in mind that while each journey is different, being informed can help you better navigate what’s ahead. To help you learn more about your child’s condition, treatments and lifestyle considerations, we’ve curated and compiled a list of trusted resources.

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