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Prenatal Education

Health unit public health nurses provide prenatal education classes for new moms and mothers expecting their next child. 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.


Topics covered in prenatal courses include:

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
The Gift of Motherhood is our free online eLearning program. GOM is an interactive web-based program that includes audio tutorials and fact sheets is available to all residence 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 Gift of Motherhood Online eLearning program.

Click here to view more information about The Gift of Motherhood Online eLearning Program.

How to Register for PN classes:

  • Call our toll free number 1-800-465-4377
  • Email:
  • Stop into any of our local NWHU offices and ask to speak with a HBHC Public Health Nurse 

Having multiples
All multiple pregnancies are considered high-risk. The health unit offers a prenatal class designed for women expecting multiples (twins, triplets, etc.). This is a class for early in pregnancy that is often done one-to-one with the mother/family.

Contact your local health unit office for information.

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