Parents-to-be in Peel now have a variety of options when it comes to learning about labour and birth.
Peel Public Health is offering free prenatal education through in-person classes aimed at educating young parents and newcomers about labour and birth.
The programs help parents make informed decisions and educate them about their pregnancy to ensure their required needs are being met.
“Prenatal programs provide strategies and teach comfort measures that can make parents more confident,” says Joan Davison, Manager, Peel Public Health.
“The programs are interactive and help parents understand the options available to them during labour and birth.”
According to Peel Public Health, the programs cover a wide variety of subjects to help demystify labour, birth and newborn care.
They also help parents to have positive conversations with their health care providers about common concerns such as the use of caesarean section (c-section) delivery and pain reduction interventions, such as epidurals.
“There is lots of talk about the rate of c-sections and other interventions,” says Davison. “The reality is, medical interventions during labour and delivery are available to manage very specific situations. Parents need to be aware of the reason for these interventions and their possible implications.
“Prenatal programs provide this knowledge along with so much more to help ensure that, whenever possible, parents have the birthing experience they desire.”
Adult prenatal classes are available in both evening and weekend series. Classes specialized for young parents and newcomers to Canada are also available.
For those unable to attend in-person, looking for a more flexible option or wanting a refresher, Peel Public Health also offers an interactive online prenatal program.
For further information, call 905-799-7700 or visit PregnantInPeel.ca.