IHA dials into baby care

The Interior Health Authority has launched a prenatal registry service for Vernon and Lake Country

For pregnant women, information, resources and services to get the best start for mom and baby are just a quick phone call away.

The Interior Health Authority has launched a  prenatal registry service for Vernon and Central Okanagan communities like Lake Country.

“Some may be calling to sign up for prenatal classes, others may have questions about healthy eating and some may just want to know what supports are available in their communities,” said Anne Clarotto, promotion and prevention program director.

“Instead of calling a few places to get this information they can now call one number. It’s like a one-stop shop for a healthy pregnancy.”

The prenatal registry is confidential and available at 1-855-868-7710.

When a woman calls the toll-free number she will speak directly with a public health nurse who can answer her questions and connect her with supports and services that meet her individual needs.

A wide range of information and resources are available in areas such as nutrition, tobacco use, substance abuse, sexual health, safety, immunization, breastfeeding, parenting and more.

The prenatal registry will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The service is available for all pregnant women in the pilot communities.

IHA plans to expand the service to all other communities in early 2013.

For more information, go to www.interiorhealth.ca/prenatalregistry.