Prenatal Programs Encourage Informed Choices
BRAMPTON, ON. (July 25, 2012) – Parents-to-be in Peel have a variety of options when it comes to learning about labour and birth. Peel Public Health offers free prenatal education through in-person classes, a convenient and interactive online program, and programs specialized for young parents and newcomers. The programs help parents make informed decisions about their pregnancy to ensure their needs are 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.”
Programs cover a wide variety of subjects to help demystify labour, birth and newborn care. They help parents 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.”
Peel Public Health offers a variety of free prenatal programs. 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 offers an interactive online prenatal program. For a full list of prenatal programs and to sign up, call 905-799-7700 or 905-584-2216 from Caledon. For more information, visit PregnantInPeel.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.