Pregnancy

Living well during pregnancy

Below you will find information on pregnancy monitoring, prenatal classes, giving birth, breastfeeding, and the post-natal follow-up to prepare for yourbaby’sarrival.

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Are you pregnant?

Pregnancy follow-up

Follow-up with a family doctor

  • Complete the pregnancy notice (French) to have access to the best services in our territory, based on your needs for the monitoring of your pregnancy. From the Haute-Yamaska ​​or La Pommeraie region? No need to complete the pregnancy notice; your family doctor or the GMF nurse will send the information directly to the concerned clinic.
  • Notify your family physician. You don’t have a family physician? Register online 

Follow-up with a midwife

Termination of pregnancy and perinatal bereavement

Termination of pregnancy

If you choose to terminate your pregnancy, contact our professionals at the planning, sexual health and family planning clinic.

Perinatal bereavement

To support bereaved parents, individual assistance and an end-of-life ritual can be offered.

Community resources can also help parents through this experience.

  • Poussière d’ange
    This support group is available to parents who need time and space to get through perinatal bereavement (free).
    Tel.: 819-822-2688
  • Fondation Portrait d’étincelles
    This organization is composed of professional photographers who offer to go to the hospital to take pictures of the deceased child free of charge.
    Tel.: 1-877-346-9940
  • Les amis compatissants de l'Estrie
    Mutual support group for parents who have lost a child.
    Tel.: 819-820-0112 
    Facebook : Amis-compatissants-de-lEstrie-176869102750473/
  • Parents Orphelins
    Association of parents grieving from perinatal miscarriage and infant loss and who mutually help each other while benefiting from services complementing those of the public health network.
    Tel.: 819-820-4880
    Facebook : ParentsOrphelins/
  • Préma-Québec (enfants prématurés)
    It is possible to have a telephone conversation with Préma-Québec staff, to receive documents (bereavement kit), and to participate in a closed group on Facebook.
    Tel.: 1-888-651-4909
    Facebook : prema.quebec

Programs

Maternité sans danger (preventive withdrawal)

Are you a pregnant worker who worries that your job poses a risk to your health and that of your unborn child? You may be entitled to preventive withdrawal.

Speak to your attending physician. He will request an assessment to determine whether there are occupational risks in your job and whether reassignment or preventive withdrawal is necessary. For further information, visit the Maternité (French only) section on the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) website csst.qc.ca/travailleurs/maternite/Pages/maternite.aspx 

Low income parents (SIPPE et OLO Programs)

Olo program: the Olo program aims to give families an equal opportunity to give birth to healthy babies and to acquire healthy nutritional habits early in life. The program includes follow-up care and food distribution (eggs, milk, frozen vegetables and prenatal vitamins) to low-income pregnant women for healthy mothers and babies. This program also includes follow-up by a nutritionist or psychosocial worker or nurse. The only one eligibility criterion: to be below the low-income threshold of your region.

SIPPE program : Professional follow-up tailored to the needs of prospective low-income parents who have not completed high school or are living in isolation is offered. Before or after birth, parent support services are provided by the CLSC in collaboration with community organizations. Learn more on SIPPE

To apply to these programs, contact the CLSC in your region at the numbers below.

RLS Sherbrooke : 819 780-2220, ext. 48415

RLS de la Haute-Yamaska : 450 375-9497, ext. 66232

RLS de La Pommeraie : 450 266-4342, ext. 34433

RLS Memphrémagog : 819 843-2572, press 0 et ask for the psychosocial reception

RLS Coaticook 819 849-9102, ext. 57344

RLS Des Sources : 819 879-7158, ext. 39438

RLS Haut-Saint-François : 819 821-4000, ext. 0

RLS Val Saint-François : 819 542-2777, ext. 55225

RLS Granit : 819 583-2572, ext. 37503

Screening for Trisomy

The Programme québécois de dépistage prénatal (PQDP) aims to make prenatal screening for trisomy 21, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 available to pregnant women and couples in Quebec, based on certain criteria. The PQDP is a new version of the Programme québécois de dépistage prénatal de la trisomie 21, which is complemented by a non-invasive prenatal genomic test.

Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have any questions.

 

Additional Information for Pregnant Women and Couples 

 

Sampling and obstetrical ultrasounds

Calendar and details

Please bring all of the following documents to your appointment:

  • valid medical insurance card (RAMQ);
  • hospital card;
  • appropriate laboratory request forms provided by the health care professional monitoring your pregnancy.

 

As soon as you know you are pregnant

 

1st trimester

Between the 10th and 13th weeks of pregnancy:

  • sampling for the first pregnancy check-up (blood and urine)
  • Nuchal ultrasound
  • Trisomy 21 screening (first sampling) or non-invasive prenatal genomic test (NIPT) depending on eligibility criteria.

 

2nd trimester

Between the 14th and 16th weeks of pregnancy:

  • Trisomy 21 screening (second sampling)

20th week of pregnancy:

 

3rd trimester

Between the 26th and 28th weeks of pregnancy:

Coordinates

Sampling clinic

Estrie (excluding RLS Haute-Yamaska and RLS La Pommeraie)

  • Hôpital Fleurimont : 3001, 12nd Avenue N, Sherbrooke, 2nd floor, room 2530 (near the main entrance)
    By appointment: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Tel. : 819-356-1110, ext. 13430

 

Prenatal clinics

RLS Haute-Yamaska

  • CLSC de Saint-Joseph, 261, rue Laurier, Granby
    By appointment: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon
    Tel.: 450-375-1442, ext. 66233
  • CLSC de Waterloo, 48, rue Young, Waterloo
    By appointment: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon
    Tel.: 450-375-1691, ext. 69300

RLS La Pommeraie

  • CLSC de Cowansville-du-Sud: 397, rue de la Rivière, Cowansville
    By appointment
    Tel. : 450-266-4342, ext. 34400
  • CLSC de Bedford: 34, rue Saint-Joseph, Bedford
    By appointment
    Tél. : 450-266-4342, poste 34413
  • CLSC de Farnham: 660, rue Saint-Paul, Farnham
    By appointment
    Tél. : 450-266-4342, poste 34413

Clinics related to your pregnancy

High-risk pregnancies and gestational diabetes

High-risk pregnancies and gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes, Information Guide for Expectant Mothers (Arabic version, Dari version, Spanish version, Swahili version​)

Bring the following to all your appointments:

  • updated list of medications from the pharmacy;
  • list of vitamin, mineral and natural product supplements;
  • blood-sugar log, if required;
  • snacks;
  • water bottle.

 

Recommendations following an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS)

  • no physical activity for one week after the intervention;
  • if there is blood loss, fluid loss or contractions: 
    • before 20 weeks: go to the emergency department;
    • at 20 weeks or after: contact the maternity unit.

 

Coordinates

  • Hôpital Fleurimont : 819-346-1110 
  • Hôpital Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins: 450-266-4342, ext. 35503
  • Hôpital de Granby: 450-375-8000, ext. 62270
  • CSSS du Granit 819-583-0330, ext. 2300

Technique for measuring capillary blood glucose

Technique for measuring capillary blood glucose

Prenatal classes, prenatal breastfeeding meetings, preparatory workshops for the arrival of your baby

 

Prenatal meetings (prenatal classes): preparation for the reception of the newborn, childbirth and breastfeeding: contact the number indicated in the accordion in your region to find out about the different options. 

Virtual meetings offered to all

  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele) *: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode).
    Informations and registrations : 819 564-6626 or programs@ldwc.ca  
  • Brome-Misssiquoi-Perkins hospital Prenatal group meetings: Physiology of labour and birth, couples preparation for birth, perinatal adaptation, breastfeeding, and neonatal care (currently available in virtual mode). Information: 450 266-4342, ext. 35503.
  • CLSC de Memphrémagog (from September): Coming life (preparation for welcoming the newborn and initiation to breastfeeding). Registration: 819 843-2572, ext. 2261. Please leave a voice message.

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Coaticook

  • Atelier Bébé arrive bientôt :Preparing to welcome your newborn and initiation to breastfeeding hosted by a perinatal nurse, IBCLC lactation consultant.
    The 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maison de la famille de la MRC-de-Coaticook.
    Registration: 819-849-4876, ext. 57318.


  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele) *: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode).
    Informations and registrations : 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Des Sources

  • La vie qui vient workshop : Preparing to welcome your newborn baby and initiation to breastfeeding. Duration: 2.5 hours; hosted by a perinatal nurse.
    Registration: 819-879-7158, ext. 39491
     
  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele)*: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode). 
    Informations and registrations : 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 
  • Prenatal group meetings on breastfeeding (free)
    Duration: 2.5 hours, every two weeks
    Registration: https://bedonboutchou.ca/activites/categorie/avant-bebe/ (online during the pandemic)

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Granit

  • Prenatal group meetings hosted by a perinatal nurse with participants including a physician, an obstetrical nurse, and other health care professionals.

    In response to the mandatory confinement due to the pandemic, we are making the contents of our prenatal classes available online. Please consult them! Prenatal classes - RLS du Granit
  • Breastfeeding meetings included in the prenatal group meetings with the participation of a breastfeeding godmother and the head of Maison de la famille du Granit

  • Individual meetings about breastfeeding
    Registration:
    Lambton: 418-486-7441
    Lac-Mégantic: 819-583-2572 or 819-583-0330, ext. 2503

Haut-Saint-François


  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele)*: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode). 
    For informations and registrations: 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Haute-Yamaska

  • Prenatal clinic: Pregnancy blood samples; a variety of information about pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, local resources and registration for prenatal meetings.
    By appointment.
    Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, CLSC de Saint-Joseph, 261, rue Laurier, Granby.
    Every two Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to noon, CLSC de Waterloo, 48, rue Young, Waterloo.
    Registration :
    CLSC de Granby : 450 375-9497 
    CLSC de Waterloo : 450 375-1691
  • Prenatal group meetings for the first baby: Preparing for giving birth, breastfeeding and the postnatal period. For information and registration: through the prenatal clinic (currently available in virtual mode).
    Every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Granby Room, Hôpital de Granby.
    Tuesdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Marie-Thibodeau Room, CLSC de Waterloo.
    Please note that the meeting is also available in English for English-speaking clientele by calling 450 266-4342, option 4, ext. 34413.

La Pommeraie

  • Prenatal clinic for women: A variety of information about pregnancy, services available, local resources, and registration for prenatal meetings.
    Information and registration
    CLSC de Cowansville (397, rue de la Rivière) : 450 266-4342, option 4
    CLSC de Farnham (660, rue St-Paul) : 450 293-3622
    CLSC de Bedford (34, rue St-Joseph) : 450 248-4321
  • Prenatal group meetings: Physiology of labour and birth, couples preparation for birth, perinatal adaptation, breastfeeding, and neonatal care. Please note that the meetings are also offered in English for English-speaking clients). Information and registration: through the prenatal clinic (currently available in virtual mode).

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Memphrémagog

  • Prenatal group meetings: Physiology of labour and birth, couples preparation for birth, perinatal adaptation, breastfeeding, and neonatal care (currently available in virtual mode).
    Information and registration: 450 266-4342, option 4, ext. 34413.
  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele)*: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode). 
    Informations and registrations: 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Sherbrooke

  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele)*: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Informations and registrations: 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Val Saint-François

  • Prenatal discussion group (English-speaking clientele)*: Prenatal sessions offered by the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre. Thematic discussions relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and baby care with future mothers and a person of their choice accompanying them. Series of evening meetings at the Amédée-Beaudoin room in Lennoxville (possibility to attend in virtual mode). 
    Informations and registrations: 819 564-6626 or programsanti-spam@anti-spamldwcanti-spam.anti-spamca 

* This activity is offered by a partner of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS.

Available resources

For a healthy pregnancy

It is important to adopt a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy.

These sites are good references:

  • Prenatal nutrition (Gouvernement du Québec)
  • From Tiny Tot to Toddler | Practical guide that contains scientifically supported information about pregnancy, delivery and the first two years of a child’s life.
  • Becoming a Parent | This guide provides you with an overview of the information on government programs and services for future and new parents and the formalities to complete at the birth or adoption of a child.
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