York Region: Prenatal Education Day

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Thornhill Golf & Country Club

7994 Yonge Street

Vaughan, ON L4J 1W3


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Do you support prenatal women and families in York Region? If you are a prenatal educator, nurse, midwife, physician, community worker or lactation consultant, Prenatal Education Day is for you!

York Region Public Health is excited to host Prenatal Education Day. This is an opportunity for those who support prenatal families in York Region to come together to:

  • Share knowledge and best practices

  • Enhance professional development

  • Network with others in the field

Learn to:

  • Build stronger partnerships among those who support prenatal families in York Region

  • Increase provider knowledge to support improved outcomes for prenatal families

  • Raise awareness of community resources

Registration is free

This event is FREE to all participants who support prenatal families in York Region. Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Please register by Friday, June 2, 2017.

Register early as space is limited!

Kindly advise if you require accomodations in order to attend.

About the day

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis

The Importance of Addressing Mental Health in the Prenatal Period

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis is a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health and was recently appointed the Women’s Health Research Chair at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is currently the principal investigator of six large, multi-site studies and is a co-investigator on twenty-one other research projects concerning maternal, paternal, and infant health outcomes. She holds over $6 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has over 160 peer-review publications. She is the lead author on eight Cochrane systematic reviews and has provided over 150 invited presentations. Lastly, Dr. Dennis has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health Ontario to influence policy and improve the care provided to women and their families across the perinatal period.

Other topics:

  • Marijuana use during pregnancy

  • Prenatal informed decision making about infant feeding

  • Getting breastfeeding off to a good start

  • Best Start Resource Centre Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario

  • Local community programs and services

Visit displays for resources about:

  • Sexual health

  • Immunization

  • Tobacco free living

  • Breastfeeding

  • Car seat and injury prevention

  • Substance misuse

  • Health protection

  • Oral health during pregnancy

  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) home visiting program


Please contact Shanta Tharmarajah-Alexander at

or call 1-877-464-9675 ext.74666

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