Region of Peel launches elearning prenatal program for busy parents-to-be
Mississauga – Many couples find attending prenatal classes difficult to fit into their busy schedules. Now, Peel Public Health has found a way to bring the training to them.
The recently launched elearning prenatal program, called The Gift of Motherhood, presents an innovative alternative for parents-to-be who want to learn about pregnancy, the labour process and newborn care on their own schedule and in their own environment. It is also ideal for mothers who are on bed rest or parents who want a refresher.
“Many of our pregnant clients are busy juggling school, career and family responsibilities,” says Joan Davison, Manager, Reproductive Health. “It was important for us to keep finding ways to help people access this important information and meet the changing needs of our community.”
The program has already found a receptive audience in parents-to-be who are digitally linked-in and like receiving their information in short, easily-digestible bites. “I really enjoyed the interactive parts – the videos, the games and the quizzes,” says Josie. “It was fun and I was able to do it quickly.” For Leah, whose husband wasn’t inclined to attend prenatal classes, doing the elearning course gave them valuable time together to focus on the baby.
“The Region of Peel has a long tradition of providing high-calibre prenatal education,” says Associate Medical Officer of Health Kathleen Dooling. “This program uses all that great information and takes it one step further. It’s the perfect solution for couples who are busy, are 2nd or 3rd time parents, or whose first language might not be English and prefer to learn at their own pace.”
Like all the Region of Peel prenatal classes, the elearnng prenatal program is free and open to residents of Peel. To register, go to www.prenatalhealthmatters.ca.