The Population and Public Health Prenatal Care Pathway is a health promotion practice support tool for public health nurses and other health care providers working with pregnant women and their families during the prenatal period. It has been informed by evidence, practice, and framed in the public health principles of population health, health promotion and health equity.
Within this framework, the Pathway focuses on the provincial public health priority areas for the prenatal period, which include:
- Health Care/Physical Well-Being
- Psychosocial Health
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Healthy Relationships
- Injury Prevention
- Preparation for Birth
- Preparation for Parenthood
While the Pathway was developed with public health nurses as the primary audience, it may also be used by other maternity care providers working across the perinatal service delivery continuum to enhance comprehensive care, particularly for vulnerable populations.