The Public Health Nursing team offers prenatal classes, postnatal follow up and infant assessments, breastfeeding and parenting support.
Prenatal Services: Group Setting Prenatal Classes
A group setting prenatal class is offered at the Cypress Regional Hospital and is taught by a Registered Nurse who works in the Public Health Nursing Program. This class is often taught over the course of two Saturdays and includes understanding and preparing for birth, infant care, and breastfeeding.
The ideal time to attend class is in your 3rd trimester. Classes are not offered every month and can fill quickly, so call early to reserve your space!
There is a fee for this program, however the fee can be waived for the group class for those with financial need. Please call for more information.
Online Childbirth Class
An online childbirth class is ideal for those expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, distance to travel to class, time constraints, or medical conditions. It is also a good option for experienced parents who are looking for a refresher course about birth and childcare.
The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. Perfect for PC or Mac users, all that’s needed is internet access (high-speed is recommended). Once registered, parents will receive an access code and additional information. Admission to this program is on an ongoing basis. There is a fee for this program. Please call for details.
For a free preview of the online class click here https://ubeclass.injoyonlineeducation.com/pregnancy/
1:1 Support is an option for expectant parents that might benefit from more intensive support. Participants will meet in person with a Public Health Nurse who will determine their eligibility for this program. The public health nurse will help identify learning needs and goals, provide prenatal information, and connect with community groups and agencies that can be of additional assistance to the expectant parent. There is no fee for this program.
Public Health Nurses offer a follow-up home visit to parents a few days after they arrive home from the hospital with their newborn. You will be contacted by phone to arrange for a time that is convenient for you. The purpose of the visit is to assess how the mother’s recovery is going, how baby is feeding and to provide information about infant care, safety, immunizations and community programs for new parents. For more information, contact the Public Health Nursing Program at (306) 778-5280 in Swift Current area or toll-free at 1-866-786-2510.
Breastfeeding Support Information
If you are pregnant and have questions about preparing to breastfeed; or you are currently breastfeeding your baby and are experiencing any challenges; you can contact the Lactation Consultant in Community Health at (306) 778-5291. There is no fee for this service. For a free online course to get ready to breastfeed click on this link http://www.simplybreastfeeding.ca/
For more information on lactation consultants see this link When to see a lactation consultant
Links for more information
Sensible Guide to Healthy Pregnancy PDF: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-gs/guide/assets/pdf/hpguide-eng.pdf
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute: Maternal Health Information: http://www.skprevention.ca/maternal-health/
Answers for New Parents: Blog and App: www.cindyandjana.com
Caring for Kids website from Canadian Paediatric Society: www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Immunization tracking App: www.immunize.ca/app
Car Seat Information: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/individuals/safety/carseats/
Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan fact sheets: http://thebcs.ca/factsheets.html
Breastfeeding Guide: Breastfeeding Matters