Cannabis Use in the Childbearing Years: An Evidence Summary for Healthcare Providers
Due to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and for the health of children and families, there is a growing need to provide parents, prospective parents, healthcare professionals, and other service providers with evidence-based information about the potential risks of cannabis use. This evidence summary is for healthcare providers. It provides general information about cannabis and rates of cannabis use in Canada, as well as information about the potential risks of cannabis use before, during, and after pregnancy. This summary also offers several recommendations for public messaging based on the available research.
Vertical (Mother-to-child) Transmission of HIV: Prevention, Treatment, and Education
Saskatchewan continues to see high rates of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in comparison to the rest of Canada. A large number of these new cases are being identified in women of childbearing age.
Recognizing the importance of understanding HIV in the context of pregnancy, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute conducted a review of the literature in this area. The review includes findings and recommendations on vertical transmission, transmission prevention, barriers to prevention, and health promotion around these topics.Download the Vertical Transmission Executive SummarySKU: 7-501
The Impact of Substance Use on Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV
This literature review aimed to assess the impact of substance use on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Such a review was deemed necessary due to Saskatchewan’s unique HIV profile. Specifically, new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan are: (a) the highest in Canada; (b) most often associated with injection drug use (IDU); and (c) increasing rapidly in women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 39). The primary questions addressed in the report include: Why do substance use services need to be focused on to avoid MTCT of HIV? How does having a substance use issue influence high risk behaviours that can lead to HIV infection? How does having a substance use issue affect virus progression and impact the health of pregnant women living with HIV?SKU: 7-508
Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children
This booklet outlines the problems that can result from smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Information focuses on the types of smoke, issues in sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy complications, and effects on the newborn, infants, and children. Includes information on how to protect children and pregnant women from the effects of tobacco smoke.Audience: Developed for ProfessionalsSKU: 3-306
Messages for Parents: Two to Five Years
Information Card, Revised 2019
This information card has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.
It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussion at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.SKU: 7-205