Monthly Board Report - April 2001
Is someone you know pregnant?
By Donna Ouellette and Kim Schoular, Public Health Nurses
When someone thinks she either may be or indeed is pregnant, it is common to feel fearful or anxious. Many young women put off talking to someone. If women think they may be pregnant, it is best to find out as soon as possible. That way they have time to make choices about their pregnancy.
In consultation with community partners, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has recently completed a new pamphlet entitled “Is Someone You Know Pregnant?”. Its purpose is to serve as a resource guide to young women who reside in the tri-county area, as well as to the individuals who assist them.
A pamphlet in this format had been requested by young women and by individuals working with them. It covers a variety of topics such as the following: Could I be pregnant?, What can a friend do?, pregnancy testing, prenatal services and where to get financial assistance, to name a few.
Late last fall two focus groups with varied community representation met to preview the pamphlet. After a few minor changes it is now ready for distribution.
The pamphlet is available free of charge at your local Health Unit office. It will also be distributed to area high schools, community health centres and various social service agencies in the tri-county area.