Congratulations on your pregnancy! And now the journey begins. There is so much to learn before you bring your little one home. You may have lots of questions about pregnancy, nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, labour, birth, breastfeeding, how to care for your new baby and what is available for young families in the community.
We want to help you on your journey to a healthy pregnancy and birth by connecting you to the information you need.
We offer FREE Prenatal Classes for residents of Chatham-Kent:
- In-class: A series of 6 evening classes covering:
- Prenatal nutrition
- Pregnancy discomforts
- Labour and birth
- Comfort measures for labour
- Medical interventions
- Pain medications
- Postpartum adjustment
- Newborn procedures, characteristics, reflexes
- Infant communication
- Infant care
See the Class Schedule for dates and times of upcoming classes. A list of topics covered in each class can be found here: Prenatal Class Content Chatham for our Chatham location, or here: Prenatal Class Content Wallaceburg for our Wallaceburg location. You may attend either location, whichever is the most convenient for you.
On-line: Access classes on Understanding Pregnancy, Understanding Birth, Understanding Breastfeeding and Understanding Your Newborn.
Registration required for in-class and on-line prenatal. Call 519.352.7270 x2903.
It’s helpful to plan ahead. A birth plan is a document that lets your health care provider know your preferences for your labour and birth experience. Similarly, a breastfeeding plan communicates to your health care provider the support you need to successfully breastfeed your baby. Use the plans below as a guide to find the information you need to make informed choices for your labour, birth and breastfeeding experience. Once you have all the information you need, complete the plan based on what is important to you.
Our All About Baby video series is on YouTube and covers the following topics:
- Healthy Eating during Pregnancy
- Comfort Measures for Labour
- Adjusting to Life with a Newborn
- Introducing Baby to Solid Foods
Prenatal Resource Sheets filled with information and links to:
- Prenatal Care in Chatham-Kent
- Growing a Healthy Family
- Your New Baby
- Becoming Parents
- Community Resources
- Breathing & Relaxation
Last updated: September 2019