Pregnancy Education and Support

Healthy Development

Pregnancy Education and Support

Pregnancy is important time to gain knowledge and skills for a healthy pregnancy, birth and adjustment to parenthood.  Below is a list of programming and contact information for several options available for education and support in your local community.

Local Public Health Offices

Contact your local public health office to learn about a range of programs and services available in your community.

Welcome to Parenting

Welcome to Parenting is an interactive, online education and support program for women and their partners on their journey from pregnancy to parenthood. It was developed by The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and has been customized for Nova Scotia parents.
The program is for women and their partners who are expecting a baby and living in Nova Scotia. It provides information for pregnancy and throughout baby’s first year.

  • Learn about healthy pregnancy, labour and birth, breastfeeding and more.
  • Get answers to your questions from experts in health, parenting and child development.
  • Connect with other parents online.

Register online at

Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program

Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting provides additional support to families facing challenges through a comprehensive home visiting program. Families may receive home visiting support for up to three years and/or referral and linkage to other health and community resources.  This program is offered through your local public health office.

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

This prenatal program provides group and individual support and education to pregnant women facing challenging life situations. It is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Find a location near you.

Family/Parenting Resource Centres

Family resource centres throughout Nova Scotia work in partnership with public health and many other community organizations to support families. Some centres offer in-person prenatal education classes. Find a location near you and see the programs and services offered to expectant and new parents.

Important Links for Education and Support