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Wakefulness drug modafinil tied to fetal harm, Health Canada warns
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid the wakefulness-promoting drug modafinil, sold as Alertec, to prevent serious harm to the fetus, Health Canada warns. In a notice to health-care professionals on Thursday, Health Canada said Alertec has been associated with "cases of major fetal congenital malformations, including congenital cardiac anomalies."


Study finds cannabis use during pregnancy linked to preterm births
CTV News
A new study suggests pregnant women who use cannabis are at greater risk of delivering their baby early, but researchers say more work is needed to establish a direct link between cannabis and preterm births.The work comes from researchers at the Ottawa Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the provincial birth registry BORN Ontario and the University of Ottawa.


Perinatal Mental Health: Promoting Wellness, Extending Our Reach

The conference is organized by the Central West Perinatal Mental Health Network, October 23, Burlington. This learning and networking event is for multidisciplinary practitioners who care for pregnant and postpartum families. This dynamic day will include speakers Dr. Simone Vigod, Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, Dr. Lori Ross, Stephanie George, IBCLC, and Dr. Vivian Polak who will share their expertise in providing perinatal mental health care to priority populations.


Peer Parenting Support Program
Ottawa Public Health is looking for input and ideas from expecting, new, and existing parents/caregivers to develop a Peer Parenting Support Program. We are looking to get your thoughts and ideas from June 17th to August 11th, 2019. Through peer matches, this program can have a great impact on parents by offering social connections, learning opportunities and ways of helping them deal with the daily stress and anxiety of parenting, improving the health of both parents and babies. Programme de soutien parental entre pairs.


Prenatal Education Key Messages for Ontario
This Best Start by Nexus evidence-based online tool identifies universal key messages for service providers in Ontario to share with their clients related to preconception, prenatal, postpartum and newborn health, as well as the supporting evidence for each of these key messages. Messages clés pour l’éducation prénatale en Ontario.


Contemporary Topics in Early Antenatal Care: A Practical Course for Providers
E-learning course offered by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This course has been created for family doctors involved in any level of obstetrical care with a focus on the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Five modules cover a range of practical topics including aneuploidy screening, early bleeding management, management of hypertension and much more. The program is certified by the CFPC for up to seven Mainpro+®credits


Poster warning people about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
Best Start/Heath by Health Nexus is refreshing the poster and is requesting feedback. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


Effect of oxygen saturation targets on the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and duration of respiratory supports in extremely preterm infants
Paediatrics & Child Health
Recent clinical practice changes in neonatal care resulted in higher, narrower oxygen saturation target ranges for preterm infants. The effect of targeting higher or lower oxygen saturations on respiratory outcomes of preterm infants and duration of hospitalization has not been extensively reviewed in the context of current care, but could have significant implications.


Breastfeeding Protocol: Positioning and Latching
The BFI Strategy for Ontario and Toronto Public Health introduce the first of a series of revised breastfeeding protocols designed to assist health care providers with clinical care and support of families who breastfeed. The Protocols are intended to guide clinical decision making with tips and research evidence and educate health care providers with information from basic breastfeeding knowledge to complex situations and challenges.




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