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.
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
HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use
Fact Sheet, 2019
This fact sheet explains that for women living with HIV, 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 quit or reduce their tobacco use.SKU: 7-515
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?
This brochure, designed for use with youth, explains what sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are, how to avoid STIs, and how to find out if you have an STI. It also includes information about the effects of STIs on fertility, pregnancies, and newborn babies.SKU: 7-002