The Regional Municipality Of York


Prenatal Education

Prenatal education is an effective way for expectant parents to prepare for childbirth and the care of newborns. York Region offers classes designed to support pregnant women and their partners to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth experience and a healthy baby. We encourage you to register and attend prenatal classes early to fully benefit from the information.

  • Online Prenatal education is an interactive version covering similar topics which helps prepare expectant parents for labour, childbirth and caring for a newborn
  • Ontario Directory of Prenatal Education
  • La Leche League Canada is providing free Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes providing preparation and education for expectant mothers and their partners
  • All Babies Count prenatal nutrition program is a free weekly program for women of all ages who need extra support during their pregnancy. Expecting mothers learn about nutrition, pregnancy and parenthood. These classes are led by public health nurses and nutrition educators.

Online Prenatal Program

The online prenatal program is an interactive learning option including pictures, videos, text and quizzes. All are designed to help women and their partners or support persons prepare for labour, childbirth and caring for their new baby.

  • The program has seven chapters and takes about six to eight hours to complete
  • The audio option along with video and text makes the learning accessible and appealing
  • Printable fact sheets provide information about pregnancy, parenting and community resources

Topics include:

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  • Thinking ahead to childbirth
  • Discomforts of pregnancy
  • Understanding labour and birth
  • Medical interventions and caesarean birth
  • Adjustment to parenting
  • Breastfeeding your newborn
  • Caring for your newborn

The Gift of Motherhood Canada online prenatal program is offered by a third party, Customized Communications Inc. Once you register, a link will be provided. You and your support person can enter and exit the program and bookmark the page for your next visit. You can also print pages that are important to you. The program works best with a high speed internet connection. It requires the Adobe Flash Player and cannot be viewed on a mobile Apple operating system.

Video: The Gift of Motherhood (online prenatal education demo) 


This program is open to people living in York Region.

Registration is required.


There is no cost for the online prenatal program for expectant moms and their support person.

How to Register

Please sign up for prenatal classes online.

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Information contained on this website is not intended to be medical advice or to be used for diagnosis. Please consult your physician for diagnosis and advice on medical treatment.

Links to other sites are provided as a reference to assist you in identifying Internet resources that are available on a particular subject. Internet resources are not substitutes for the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained on these sites, nor do we necessarily endorse the viewpoints on these sites.


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