Perth County Prenatal Classes 

  • Offered by the Perth District Health Unit and Stratford General Hospital.
  • Ideal for expectant parents in the last half of their pregnancy.
  • The class series includes two parts.

Part 1

Free one Saturday class in Stratford and Listowel or three weekday evening classes in Stratford offered by Perth District Health Unit.

We recommend the weekday class series because there is more time to spend on the material, answer your questions, do more hands-on activities, and to connect with the other expectant parents.

Topics include:

  • Key steps to a positive childbirth experience
  • Techniques for comfort and coping with labour pain
  • The partner’s role in labour: a toolbox of strategies
  • Preparing for parenting: starting off strong
  • Bringing baby home: Newborn 101
  • Breastfeeding basics: from birth and beyond

Contact the Health Unit for upcoming class dates and times

Part 2 

One four hour Saturday class at Stratford General Hospital for $30. Listowel Deliveries are welcome to attend.

Topics include:

  • The process of labour: helping you prepare
  • Giving birth at the hospital: what you can expect, and a labour and delivery room tour
  • Making an informed decision about routine and non-routine medical procedures
  • Pain medication options for labour
  • Recovering from childbirth
  • Your newborn in the first few days.

For Parents Delivering in Listowel

  • North Perth residents are encouraged to attend the Health Unit’s Perth County Prenatal Classes in Listowel for their childbirth education needs.

To Register

For Part 1:

For Part 2:

  • Call Stratford General Hospital at 519-272-8210 extension 8232

Free Prenatal Classes for Youth

For pregnant youth and young adults and their partners, and support persons.

  • Options include group sessions and, or one-to-one with a public health nurse.
  • You can attend at any time in your pregnancy but we recommend calling as early as possible.
  • Topics may include: your pregnancy, labour and delivery, caring for your baby, infant safety, breastfeeding and infant feeding, becoming a parent. Topics discussed are determined by the expectant parents.
  • Various times and locations throughout Perth County.
  • Transportation help available.

Text 519-276-1132 for registration or more information

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class 

This free, single evening session is open to any pregnant women and their partner, support person, whether this is your first child or your second or third.

The class covers:

  • why breastfeeding is so important for you, your baby and your family
  • how to latch and position your baby
  • the benefits of skin-to-skin
  • ensuring you have a great milk supply
  • how to know when your baby is getting enough
  • recognizing when your baby is hungry
  • and much more.

To Register

  • Phone 519-271-7600 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 extension 224
  • Complete our On-line Prenatal Registration Form
  • Note: You do not have to register for this class in addition to the general Perth County Prenatal Classes.  Registration is automatic.

Cover of the Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy bookletYour Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

An info-packed guide that you should get at the first visit to your doctor or midwife. It is full of information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

If you would like a hard copy, please call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267 and ask for one to be mailed to you.

This booklet is for Perth County residents. If you live outside of Perth County, please contact your local health unit for information on having a healthy pregnancy.