Congratulations, you are pregnant! As an expectant parent, one of the many decisions you will make is choosing a healthcare provider to support you through pregnancy, childbirth and after baby is born. Ideally, prenatal care should begin as early as possible during pregnancy; however seeking prenatal care at any stage of pregnancy can improve health outcomes for both you and your baby.
A health care provider (HCP) can be an:
- Family doctor
- Nurse practitioner
Other health care professionals that may be involved in your prenatal care include Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, and Dentists.
The relationship between you and your HCP is very important. You should feel comfortable expressing your questions and concerns with your HCP who can help you make informed decisions in caring for yourself and baby.
- Supports a healthy pregnancy
- Prevents and identifies health concerns
- Provides the opportunity to ask questions
- Provides links to community services