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Pregnancy/Postpartum - Physician Information

Halton Region provides prenatal education programs for expecting parents and families with newborns while supporting the overall health and well-being of all Halton residents.

To better support residents, the Halton Region Health Department is enhancing our free online courses for expecting parents or families with newborns. These courses are:

  • web-based
  • mobile-friendly
  • include audio voiceovers, closed captioning, videos, quizzes and more to help keep you and your newborn safe and healthy.

The online program will be replacing our “Healthiest Babies Possible” group in-person classes beginning January 1, 2019. The remaining classes for 2018 will continue for parents who are currently enrolled in the program alongside the online program.

The Health Department continues to offer several prenatal supports including:

To register, visit halton.ca, use the OneHalton app or call 311.

Residents can also find alternate prenatal education providers, including in-person classes, at ontariodirectoryprenataleducation.ca (external links)

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC)

Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) resources for Physicians:

Nutrition for healthy term infants

Breastfeeding education for family physicians

Research shows that knowledgeable breastfeeding support provided by health care professionals increases exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding. Increasing breastfeeding rates improves health outcomes for families in your care.

Latching on: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients (external link)
This one-hour, free, mobile-friendly course will give you 1.0 Mainpro credit.

Desk Reference Tool for Drinking Alcohol while Breastfeeding
This desk reference provides information for health care providers about reducing any possible negative effects of alcohol while continuing to support breastfeeding.

To order copies, dial 311 or 905-825-6000 or order online.

Screening for Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Resources:

Desk Reference Tool for Screening for Alcohol Use

  • This desk reference is a screening tool for physicians on how to assess risk status of all women with regard to alcohol use. Having the opportunity for a safe discussion of alcohol use before and during pregnancy, as well as capturing valid prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), can help prevent and diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Zero Matters brochure

To order copies, dial 311 or 905-825-6000 or order online.

Hopeplace - 905-465-3324

Helps individuals struggling with challenges related to the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment Services – 905-639-6537

Addiction counsellors provide ongoing support to clients who are struggling with their substance use.

Motherisk: The Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline – 1-877-327-4636

Offers information and counseling to pregnant and breastfeeding women, their families, and health care providers

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Crisis Help Lines:

Information/Support/Counselling:

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Access Counselling and Family Services (external link)

  • Cost to patient: sliding scale based on income and family size (no fees for woman abuse services); Fee assistance available for those who qualify (as in financial need)

Halton Family Services (external link)

  • Cost to patient: Sliding scale from $0 to $95 (no fees for services for abused women and their children); Fee assistance available.
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Patients can go online or dial 311 to register for the following services:

  • Online prenatal program
    Includes an optional in-person breastfeeding class and car seat workshop.
  • 2-hour breastfeeding in-class session led by a certified lactation consultant or public health nurse
  • Prenatal Car Seat Safety Class
    Includes a car seat inspection at the end of the class by a Certified Car Seat Technician.
  • Halton Prenatal Nutrition Program for families/caregivers needing additional support
    A prenatal program to improve mothers’ and babies’ health and to provide parenting and breastfeeding supports. Patients and physicians can dial 311 to make a referral.
    • Cues for Referral

      Patients who:

      • Have limited help from family, friends or partner
      • Are new to a community and/or feeling isolated
      • Lack of transportation
      • Have poor nutrition
      • Do not have enough money or food
      • Are teens
      • Are in a relationship that may be physically, emotionally or verbally abusive
      • Previously delivered a low birth weight baby
      • Use tobacco or alcohol while pregnant
      • A medical condition(s) that may impact pregnancy
  • HaltonParents:
    Pregnant women and their partners can connect directly with a public health nurse:
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