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Education & Support

The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit offers a number of programs that support families through pregnancy.

In-Person Prenatal Class

Classes are led by Public Health Nurses and run once per week for 4 weeks. Videos, activities, and open discussions are used to help people learn how to have a healthy pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Labour and birth
  • Mom and baby care after birth

Pregnant women are encouraged to attend prenatal classes as early in pregnancy as possible. It is also good to bring a support person along so both can benefit from prenatal classes. There is no cost for prenatal classes.

Visit the Clinics & Classes Prenatal Education page to find out when classes are offered in your community.

To register for a prenatal class in your community please call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853.

Online Prenatal Course

The Online Prenatal Course is an eBook called The Gift of Motherhood. This eBook uses audio clips, videos, and quizzes to help people learn how to have a healthy pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Labour and birth
  • Mom and baby care after birth

This option is perfect for those who:

  • Have scheduling conflicts
  • Like to learn at their own pace
  • Are on bed rest
  • Just want a refresher

Your access code can be shared with family members and other support people. Share your code with grandparents, siblings, and close friends so everyone can take part.

To register for the online course, please call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853. If you have questions about the content of the online prenatal classes please call 613-345-5685 or 1-800-660-5853 or send an email to onlineprenatal@healthunit.org. A public health nurse will respond to your question(s). E-mail is not a secure method of communication, so please do not send us personal information this way.

Young Parent Prenatal

These classes are led by a Public Health Nurse who will provide a non-judgemental and open setting for learning. The program uses videos, activities, peer support, and open discussion to help people learn how to have a health pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Labour and birth
  • Mom and baby care after birth

For more information please contact the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853.

Community Supports

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program

Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a no cost, voluntary program in Ontario. It is for pregnant moms, their partners, and families with young children. To help families to get the best start possible Public Health Nurses and Family Home Visitors can provide:

  • In home support
  • Prenatal support
  • Parenting resources
  • Connection to community programs

Visit the Healthy Babies Healthy Children page for more information or call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853.

Breastfeeding Clinic

Our breastfeeding clinic can provide you with support, before and after baby is born, to give you the confidence to breastfeed your baby. Visit the Clinics and Classes section to find a Breastfeeding clinic near you. You can also call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Triple P

Parenting can be challenging. Learning some basic parenting strategies before baby arrives can help you prepare for the journey. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) has information that you may find helpful. Visit the Clinics & Classes page to find out about Triple P programs near you.

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