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 www.effectivepractice.org/preconception 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.
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.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, in partnership with the Ontario Early Years 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: The Gift of Motherhood
The Gift of Motherhood e-learning program provides clients with information and resources in an easy to use format that can be viewed in the comfort of their own home. Topics include: having a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, preparation for parenting, and labour and birth.
We encourage pregnant women and support persons to access the e-learning program before taking the 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?
- To inform all pregnant women about prenatal education as early as possible in their pregnancy.
- To display prenatal education information in your office or clinic. Click here for a printable version of our flyer.
- To complete the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Prenatal Screen with prenatal clients.
- To make a direct referral to the Reproductive Health Program, please use this referral form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ontarioprenataleducation.ca for more information.