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I am pregnant. Where can I find services?
Many organizations have different types of services you may be interested in during your pregnancy and after.
You can find services and support in community-based non-profit organizations, community health centres, community centres and hospitals.
Prenatal and Postnatal Care
Prenatal services can help you during your pregnancy. For example, the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) funds prenatal programs for pregnant women. The purpose of these groups is to reduce the rate of unhealthy birth weights, improve the health of babies and parents, and also to encourage breastfeeding.
Postnatal services help you after your baby is born. An example is from your Public Health Unit. They have a program called Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC). This program is for families with children from before birth up to 6 years old. The HBHC program works with hospitals, doctors, public health nurses, home visitors and service agencies in the community.
Doctors and Midwives
You may want to see a family doctor or a midwife for your pregnancy health care. These healthcare providers can tell you how to take care of yourself and the baby. They can request any tests and refer you to any specialist you might need. These services and tests are covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). If you do not have OHIP, you may need to pay for some services, such as blood tests and hospital fees, but you may still be able to receive care from a midwife without charge.
Community Health Centres
Some Community Health Centres (CHCs) have prenatal and post-natal services. Some CHCs can help you even if you do not have OHIP. Find a Community Health Centre in your community.
Student Run Clinics
If you are not covered by OHIP, you may be able to access healthcare through a student-run clinic in your area. These clinics offer a variety of healthcare services that are supervised by licensed healthcare professionals.
Find the Services You Want
Many settlement agencies and Community Health Centres can help you find the pregnancy services that you need. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me and search for "community health centre" or "settlement agencies" in your area.
You can also contact Ontario 211 by phone, text, chat or email and ask them about local programs and pregnancy services in your community.
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February 21, 2024