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.
- The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
- A Healthy Start for Baby and Me
- Be Safe: Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy
- My Breastfeeding Birth Plan
Pregnancy and COVID-19
- Having a Baby and COVID-19 – Planning for Birth
- Having a Baby and COVID-19 – Labour Support
- Having a Baby and COVID-19 – Infant Feeding
- Having a Baby and COVID-19 – the NICU
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Caring for Newborns during COVID-19 – Advice for Mothers
- Effects of COVID-19 on Pregnancy & Infant Feeding Factsheet
Programs and Services
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.
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.