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- ‘Healthy Beginnings’ Class Can Help Pregnant Parents Prepare For Arrival of Baby -

(BRIGHTON) – If you are pregnant and counting down to ‘D-day’ with apprehension, there is an opportunity in June to help put your mind at ease about the birth of your baby.

A free Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Class starts on Monday, June 3 in Brighton, and continues for the following three Monday evenings (June 10, 17 and 24). The class is geared to help expectant mothers and their partners prepare for their D-day – or delivery day – by providing information on the birth and care of their babies. The prenatal class will be led by Tammy Thomson, RN, a Family Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Spaces are still available in the prenatal class, and parents-to-be are encouraged to call the Health Unit as soon as possible to secure a spot. To sign up or get more information, call the Health Unit at (613) 475-0933, ext. 224, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577. You can also e-mail prenatalclasses@hkpr.on.ca.

“For parents-to-be, the prenatal class is a great way to help plan for a healthy pregnancy, labour and delivery,” says Thomson. “The class also covers important topics for after your baby is born – everything from care and safety, breastfeeding and adjusting to life with your newborn.”

Each participant also receives a free copy of the Healthy Beginnings pregnancy guidebook, and other resources and information about Health Unit services and programs that support healthy families.

According to Thomson, the prenatal classes in Northumberland County prove to be very popular with expectant parents. “The class size tends to be small and relaxed, which makes the environment great for interaction and information sharing,” she says. “There is also a lot of benefit to having parents-to-be share their stories, questions and concerns. In many cases, others in the class can relate to what is being said, and they soon realize they are not alone in going through these experiences.”

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For media inquiries, contact:
Tammy Thomson, RN, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (613) 475-0933, ext. 224.

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