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.
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
Prenatal eHealth Tools
Expectant parents today have access to a wealth of information on pregnancy and childbirth, and much of that information is accessed electronically. Knowledgeable healthcare providers who understand the strengths and limitations of these new technologies are in an excellent position to offer expert guidance to women using these technology-based prenatal health tools. This summary seeks to educate interested stakeholders about eHealth, what it entails, the potential benefits and challenges, and recommended options for using eHealth to provide quality prenatal information to residents of Saskatchewan.SKU: 2-902
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Executive Summary
This executive summary is for the report “Sexually Transmitted Infections and Their Effects on Fertility, Pregnancy, and the Newborn: An Environmental Scan of Available Resources and a Preliminary Needs Assessment for Saskatchewan Health Care Providers”.Download the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) – ReportSKU: 7-503
Postpartum Depression and Mental Health Concerns: The Impact on Young Children
Fact Sheet, 2010
Approximately 10% of mothers experience postpartum depression. Postpartum depression and mental health concerns impact every aspect of a person’s life, including body, mind, and spirit; extended family and friends; partner and baby. This fact sheet not only discusses the impact that maternal mental health can have on young children, but also ways in which professionals can support families when this is a concern.SKU: 8-101