Chapter 3 Fact sheet: Family-centred pregnancy experience

Women who receive early and regular prenatal care generally have better outcomes.

Not everyone in Canada has equal access to prenatal care. Women - including many Indigenous women and their families, as well as those women and their families living in rural or remote areas of the country - may not always have access to health care providers (HCPs) who are trained in the provision of prenatal care.

HCPs recognize that pregnancy is a state of health and a normal physiological event-as well as a profound event in the life of a woman and her family. All care should be based on the unique needs of each woman and her family.

Key family-centred care recommendations:

For references, consult Chapter 3: Care during Pregnancy in Public Health Agency of Canada. Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines. Ottawa (ON): PHAC; 2019.

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