THUNDER BAY – A free, new prenatal program, www.pregnantthunderbay.ca was launched today by the Health Unit. The online program was developed by public health nurses, lactation consultants and registered dietitians to make prenatal education and information accessible to all people within the city and District.
There are approximately 1400 live births annually in Thunder Bay and the surrounding District. A large number of these parents-to-be are unable to attend prenatal classes. The online program is expected to increase parents’ access to prenatal information, add to an individual’s understanding of pregnancy and health, and provide specific health information relating to Northern Ontario communities.
“Studies show that the internet is the number one source for health information and for learning,” says Maggie Pudden, public health nurse and program designer. “SoPregnantThunderBay.ca makes it easier for an expectant parent to get current and important prenatal information in an electronic format from any type of computer or device they are using. We hope this unique online program makes it more convenient for pregnant women to educate themselves about staying healthy throughout their pregnancy.”
Topics in the online program include: what to expect after delivery, tips for breastfeeding, and ways to care for your newborn. The program also contains quizzes, resources, videos and is anonymous for users.
In addition to the new online option, the Health Unit is continuing to offer free, early prenatal classes for pregnant women up to 25 weeks of pregnancy at its office on Balmoral Street. Please visit our website at TBDHU.com for a schedule of upcoming prenatal classes.