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Prenatal and New Parent Classes

The Northwestern Health Unit offers classes for parents who are expecting a baby and for new parents following the birth of a baby.

Many different prenatal education formats are available to help meet the needs of different moms – group or one-on-one sessions, online as well as refresher courses for moms who attended the class in the past.

Prenatal information and supports are free and available at all NWHU office locations.

Group Classes
Face to Face Prenatal Education group classes are available in Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Emo, Rainy River, Ear Falls and Sioux Lookout. The class schedules will vary depending on registration and community.

One to One Classes or Refreshers
Face to Face prenatal education is available on a One to One basis for expectant parents who cannot attend the group classes.

Refreshers sessions are also available for experienced mothers (2nd + delivery) who wish to review current birthing information.

Online Prenatal Education
Our free online eLearning program is an interactive web-based program that includes audio tutorials and fact sheets. It is available to all residents in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.

Combination Online Prenatal Education and Face to Face
Both online and face to face education can be combined to suit your needs. Some offices will offer a supplementary class to build on the online eLearning program.

How to Register for PN classes:
  1. Call our toll free number 1-800-465-4377
  2. Email:
  3. Stop into any of our local NWHU offices and ask to speak with a HBHC Public Health Nurse
Topics covered in prenatal courses include:
Through a combination of teaching, group sharing, audio-visual resources and hands on demonstrations, participants learn how to prepare for birth, caring for their baby and becoming a parent.  

What is offered in your community
If there are no classes currently running in your community, you can call or drop by the health unit to talk with a public health nurse about getting one-on-one support.

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These web pages are for information purposes only. They are NOT a substitute for professional medical advice.

Please be advised: If you are experiencing any pain, bleeding or feel that there is something wrong, please do not use the phone numbers or e-mail address listed above. Call your health care provider immediately, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911 for help.


   Ask us about our   
   available classes:
  • Prenatal
  • New Parent
  • Postpartum
  • Baby Food Making
  For more information
  about these classes,
  contact your local health