Education and Awareness campaigns aimed at helping reduce the stigma of mental illness were made possible with a $10,000 grant from the Health Sciences Foundation. As well, Adult Mental Health has received some new electronics through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant. The flat screen TV, DVD/VCR player and Nintendo Wii are helping improve patients’ moods, lessen their anxiety and support their relaxation.
Prenatal education is offered free of charge to pregnant women and their support person. Classes begin at approximately 27 weeks gestation and prepare women for what to expect in pregnancy and during labour and delivery and the immediate postpartum period. Issues such as preterm labour, stages of labour, pain management, breathing techniques, breastfeeding and newborn care, as well as many others, will be covered by the prenatal educator. Regional Telehealth Classes are also available – please contact your telehealth coordinator or the Maternity Centre for a list of upcoming classes.
Exercise classes are held at the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Healthy Lifestyles Gym in the Medical Services Building (1040 Oliver Road) and are facilitated by a certified exercise therapist. Pregnant women can participate free of charge and learn safe exercises during pregnancy. Call the Maternity Centre to register 684-6228.
This class is designed for pregnant women and their partners to learn about breastfeeding. Some of the common concerns are addressed, and information is provided regarding how partners can be supportive, and overcoming some of the challenges of breastfeeding. The group is led by a lactation consultant. This group meets once a month. Call 684-6228 to register.
Self referral by calling 684-6228.
Referral from physician, midwife or community partner.
Referral is not required to receive care!