Submitted by Caitlyn Hanley, Health Promoter, Reproductive Health, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Preconception and prenatal health are the foundation for the lifelong health of the child. They include a very wide range of factors such as healthy eating, appropriate exercise, healthy relationships, stress management and coping, safety at work, avoiding toxins such as alcohol, tobacco smoke, lead etc. Prenatal education has the potential to increase knowledge and improve health behaviours prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum, including social support, and access to key prenatal information and supports, ultimately improving health outcomes.
The Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the Government of Ontario has recently released an evidence-based online tool that identifies universal key messages for service providers in Ontario to share consistent information with their clients related to preconception, prenatal, postpartum and newborn health, as well as the supporting evidence for each of these key messages.
Please visit http://www.ontarioprenataleducation.ca/ to learn more!