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Prenatal Classes

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Being pregnant is an exciting time, full of new experiences. To help you through the many questions you may have, register for a prenatal class and a prenatal breastfeeding class.

Prenatal Classes

Prenatal classes are offered as a series of classes or in a one-day session. Some of the topics covered may include the following:

  • Expectations and concerns of late pregnancy
  • Healthy living in pregnancy
  • Comfort measures late in pregnancy
  • Preparing for labour and delivery
  • Labour and birth - phases and stages
  • Options during delivery: risks, benefits and alternatives
  • Unexpected outcomes including caesareans
  • After birth for mother and baby
  • Infant feeding and breastfeeding

Where can I find prenatal classes in my community?

  • If you live in Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, Chilliwack, North Delta, North Surrey or Langley, Douglas College offers prenatal classes.
  • If you live in Abbotsford, Abbotsford Community Services offers various prenatal resources.
  • Some community recreation centres run prenatal classes. Check your local recreation guide or call your community centre.

Other prenatal classes

  • We offer free prenatal classes to Teen Moms (19 years old or younger) and new immigrant Punjabi speaking families. Call your local public health unit to see if one of these classes is available in your area.
  • The Community Birth Program at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre provides patients with the option of Connecting Pregnancy Group Care, which includes prenatal education, as part of the patient’s maternity care.
  • If you are receiving maternity care through a hospital maternity clinic, find out if they also offer prenatal classes.

Free Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition and health protection for a baby. Prenatal breastfeeding classes offer expectant parents an opportunity to learn about breastfeeding basics and techniques. These classes are designed for first-time parents and parents who had difficulties breastfeeding in the past. They are taught by trained public health nurses.

Classes are offered on various days and evenings. To book your free two hour class, call your local public health unit.

Pregnancy Support Groups

Pregnancy outreach support programs are available throughout Fraser Health. These groups may offer

  • prenatal lifestyle counseling
  • connections with other expectant mothers
  • free prenatal vitamins
  • breastfeeding information
  • food coupons
  • labour and delivery information
  • community referrals
  • education around smoking, alcohol or drug concerns

To find out if one of these programs is available in your community, call your local public health unit.

Questions?

Call your local public health unit to speak with a public health nurse.

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