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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time to think about your lifestyle and to make positive, healthy choices. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle and habits during pregnancy will improve your health, the health of your baby, and will benefit you and your family in the future.

Pregnancy and COVID-19

Programs and Services

Pregnancy Testing

We provide free pregnancy testing at our Sexual Health Clinics. If you think you may be pregnant, we will provide a urine test to confirm. We will also supply information about pregnancy, options, and birth control choices.

Prenatal Education

Expectant parents and support persons are encouraged to start prenatal education as soon as possible in their pregnancy. We offer a variety of prenatal education services. Visit our Prenatal Education page for more information.

Food for You:Food for Two

Food for You:Food for Two is a free, weekly, drop-in program for pregnant women and teens who may require extra support during pregnancy. You will learn about healthy eating, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn from our Nurses and Dietitians. Groceries, milk, and child care are provided, and transportation is available. Partners and/or support persons are welcome.

  • Trenton – Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm at Trent River Public School, 84 Dixon Drive.
  • Bancroft – Thursdays from 10am to 12pm at The Métis Nation of Ontario, 91 Chemaushgon Road.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time. You may have a lot of questions and might need help preparing for and adjusting to life with a new baby. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by public health nurses and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need extra support and can benefit from the program.

Home visits can help you learn about:

  • having a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • connecting with your baby
  • how children grow and develop as well as what you can do to help
  • being a parent
  • breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition
  • taking care of yourself and your family
  • other services available to you and your child in your community (health services, parenting programs, family literacy programs and financial aid)

There is no cost to you for the program and your participation is voluntary.  For more information about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

Need More Information About Pregnancy?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223, text 450-990-5551 or email CARELine@hpeph.ca.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.