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Prenatal Services

Pregnant womanPrenatal education classes are designed to help pregnant women have a healthy pregnancy, labour and delivery and a healthy baby. There are seven different classes available, all taught by health-care professionals. Classes are held at the Women’s Health Centre at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. Prenatal education classes are also available at selected community health clinics throughout the region. Registration is required. In addition, postnatal home visits are provided through the Public Health program.
For locations and contact information, please see Public Health – Where to Find Us.
Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit
The Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) provides fetal assessment and monitoring (including ultrasound) for women with high-risk pregnancies.
The MFAU provides increased surveillance as recommended by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada for certain high-risk groups, such as women with a variety of medical disorders (including hypertension and diabetes), a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, a maternal age of 40 or greater, or women with pregnancies achieved through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The MFAU health-care team consists of perinatologists (doctors who are maternal fetal medicine specialists) and registered nurses who have specialized training to perform ultrasound exams.
Prenatal Ambulatory Care Services
Prenatal Ambulatory Care Services are provided at the Health Sciences Complex for high-risk pregnancies of patients who live within 30 minutes travel to this hospital.
Through Prenatal Home Care Services, women at risk for pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar, can be followed on an outpatient basis.
If your doctor recommends that you and your baby be monitored more closely for pregnancy complications, you will receive appointments to visit obstetrical nurses who will be in regular contact with your doctor.  Outpatient visits will continue unless your condition improves and your doctor recommends that your care would be better managed by routine doctor's office visits, or if your condition indicates that you should be cared for as an inpatient in the hospital.


Updated Sep 22, 2017