GPC Evidence Summary
Group prenatal care is a model of group where eight to twelve women of similar gestational age meet as a group with their healthcare provider for 90-120 minutes of regularly scheduled appointments, starting in their second trimester and continuing throughout their pregnancy. During these appointments, each woman has a brief individual physical assessment with the healthcare provider and then participates in a group discussion led by a healthcare provider. All prenatal care is provided in this group setting, combining the usual physical assessment with peer support and increased time for education about healthy pregnancy. This report examines current research on group prenatal care to assess if it is a good model of care for Saskatchewan and if there is an improvement in birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates associated with using this model of care compared to individual prenatal care. Birth outcomes examined in this report are gestational age at birth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.
Pregnant and Diagnosed with HIV
Finding out that you are HIV positive can be overwhelming and scary. Finding out you are HIV positive while you are pregnant can cause more fear and can raise questions about the impact this diagnosis will have on both you and your new baby. This brochure explains what HIV/AIDS is and how it can be treated.SKU: 7-006
Planning a Pregnancy When HIV Positive
This brochure talks about caring for your body before getting pregnant and what is involved with HIV treatment during pregnancy. It also talks about getting pregnant safely and how finding a good obstetric healthcare provider and support is important.SKU: 7-005
In the Greenhouse
Explore science through the creative arts! ‘Mother Nature’ leads us through an ideal pregnancy, free from alcohol. She shows us what a developing baby needs for good brain development and the impact that alcohol has on memory, relationships, and day-to-day living. She also paints a picture of what a person who has been exposed to alcohol might experience while growing up, and how we can make accommodations to make things easier for everyone. ‘Mother Nature’ will make you think, make you laugh, and warm your heart.
‘Mother Nature’ is Karmen Krahn-Schulties. She is the author of, and actor in, this creative one-woman play.SKU: 3-133
HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use
Information Card, 2012
This information card explains that for women living with HIV/AIDS, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to become tobacco free.SKU: 7-516