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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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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

HPEPH is currently offering vaccine to eligible groups. In order to keep our phone lines free for those who are currently eligible, please do NOT contact us to inquire about vaccinations unless you have been invited to participate.

Groups Currently Eligible to Book at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Health care or personal support workers
  • Childcare workers (licensed & unlicensed)
  • Education workers (including special education)
  • Residents and staff in care homes and group living settings (including essential caregivers)
  • People with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, pregnancy, organ transplant, multiple sclerosis)
  • People with high risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, BMI of over 40, chemotherapy, Down syndrome)
  • People with at-risk health conditions (for example, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including members of their household
  • People who cannot work from home (Group One and Group Two)

Groups Eligible to Book at Pharmacies:

Groups Eligible to Pre-Register

For booking information for eligible individuals, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

A province-wide Stay-at-Home order is in effect, and requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Please avoid close contact with anyone outside your household. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.