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Prenatal Classes & Support

The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit offers a number of programs that support families through pregnancy. Early prenatal care and education is very important for both mother and baby. We encourage mothers and partners to review the information and activities in our Healthy Pregnancy Modules as soon as you find out that you are pregnant and before attending any of our prenatal classes.

In-Person Prenatal Class

Classes are led by Public Health Nurses and run once per week for 3 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 1-800-660-5853.

Online Prenatal Course

Our new Online E-Prenatal Course from Injoy is now available! This series uses audio clips, videos, quizzes, and interactive activities to help people learn how to have a healthy pregnancy. Topics include:

  • Understanding Pregnancy
  • Understanding Birth
  • Understanding Breastfeeding
  • Understanding your Newborn
  • Links to Community Supports

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 1-800-660-5853.

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 call 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 1-800-660-5853.

Good Food for a Healthy Baby

The Good Food for a Healthy Baby program is run by Connections in partnership with the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and local Community Health Centres. It is available to women and their partners during pregnancy and up to three months after the baby is born. Participants get together to cook, eat, receive support and information, and take home healthy food, milk and prenatal vitamins. For more information, visit the Connections website.

The Good Food Program runs in the following locations:

Wesleyan Church, 33 Central Avenue East, Brockville, Ontario
Monday 1:00pm–3:00pm

Smiths Falls
First Baptist Church, 73 Beckwith Street North, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Tuesday 1:00pm–3:00pm

St. James Church, Beckwith Street Entrance, Perth, Ontario
Thursday 10:00am–12:00pm

Carleton Place
Connections (office), 30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, Ontario
Thursday 1:00pm–3:00pm

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 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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