Preconception / Pregnancy | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Preconception / Pregnancy

Preconception / Pregnancy


What is my role in promoting preconception health?
Healthcare Providers can:

  • Help their patients optimize their health and knowledge before conceiving.
  • Educate patients with chronic conditions on the impact and/or adverse effects the condition or treatment could have on their infant.
  • Discuss risks associated with delayed childbearing.

How can I integrate preconception health care into my practice?
Healthcare providers can use the Preconception Health Care Tool, created by The Centre for Effective Practice in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians to assess and counsel patients on preconception health.
Visit to download the tool.

Health care providers can use the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) billing code for individual care counselling (K013) to complete the Preconception Health Care Tool with their clients.

Additional resources


Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides a number of programs and services that support families throughout their pregnancy. Visit our Pregnancy page for more information.

Prenatal Education

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, in partnership with the EarlyOn Centres, the Prince Edward Family Health Team, and Quinte Health Care, offers a free Prenatal Education Series.

Our Prenatal Education Series consists of an e-learning program and a set of three in person sessions. The series is designed to help clients and their families experience a healthy pregnancy, have the healthiest baby possible, and be prepared for parenthood.

Expectant parents and support persons are encouraged to start prenatal education as early as possible in their pregnancy. 

E-learning Program: InJoy eClasses

Click here to view a promotional video about the classes.

InJoy eClasses are a free program that provides clients with information and resources in a web-based, mobile-friendly format.  This is an interactive program with audio voiceover, closed captioning, videos and quizzes to help clients learn about pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for their newborn. 

InJoy eClasses are recommended for clients expecting their first child as well as those expecting another child for a refresher. 

After activation, clients will have access to their account for a period of 365 days.  We encourage pregnant women and support persons to access the InJoy eClasses before taking the in-person sessions.

Please note this version of InJoy eClasses is an initial launch.  Additonal edits will be made in the future.

In-Person Sessions

The set of three in-person sessions cover preparation for parenting, breastfeeding, and labour and birth. Sessions include demonstrations, hands-on skills practice, and time for questions.

Visit our schedule of upcoming in-person sessions.

What is my role in promoting prenatal education?

For more information about prenatal education or other Public Health programs and services call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 or e-mail

Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario

The Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario is an evidence-based online tool that identifies universal key messages for service providers in Ontario to share with their clients related to preconception, prenatal, postpartum and newborn health, as well as the supporting evidence for each of these key messages. Visit for more information.