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Passport to Pregnancy

Passport to Pregnancy

Congratulations, you're expecting! But now what?
Below is a list of the procedures and tests that you should have completed during your pregnancy; this guide is adapted from the Prenatal Care Plan published by the Alberta Medical Association. You might find it helpful to refer to this resource before every prenatal visit to ensure that your care is up to date.

For your convenience, we have also included references to service providers and resources that you may benefit from as you plan you and your baby's care over the next nine months. Click one of the following categories for more information:

Prenatal Care Expectations | Online Resources | Fort McMurray Resources

Prenatal Care Expectations

Up to Week 12:

  • Blood work including: Blood Type, HIV, Syphilis, Rubella, Hepatitis
  • Ultrasound: optional, but recommended if you're unsure of when your last period was
  • Genetic Screening: optional in first trimester 

Weeks 16-20:

  • Quad Screen: genetic screening for spina bifida, down syndrome, trisomy 18
  • Ultrasound: for anatomy and growth review

Weeks 24-28:

  • Blood work including: Gestational Diabetes Screening, Syphilis rescreening, Blood type (if blood type is Rh-)
  • Discuss: signs and symptoms of preterm labor and when to go to the hospital

Weeks 28-32:

  • If Blood Type is negative: need to have Rhogam injection
  • Review: importance of fetal movements
    (Each fetus has its own quiet and active times. 6 movements in 2 hours is considered normal. If you are not achieving this you should go to the hospital.)
  • OB/GYN Referral: Your Family Physician will probably refer you to an OB/GYN Specialist at this point, the Obstetrician who will perform your delivery.

Weeks 35-37:

  • Group B Strep (GBS): swab should be taken
  • Prenatal Record: copy of prenatal record should be sent to the Hospital's Labor Unit.

Weeks 40-41:

  • Review and sign: labour induction papers
  • Book: NST (Non-stress test)
    (If you think your water has broken, you need to go to the hospital regardless of whether or not you are having contractions. If you experience any of the following you need to be assessed at the hospital: bleeding from vagina, blurred vision, burning with urination, rash, itchy palms, abnormal vaginal discharge (bloody, green, smelly, or itchy).

Post-Partum - 6 Weeks:

  • Health Status: an assessment of your current health after your delivery.
  • Post-Partum Depression: your care providers will screen for signs of post-partum depression.
  • Pap Test: If you're due for your next pap test under current Alberta Screening Guidelines (once every three years), you can arrange to have one done at this time.

Online Resources

Healthy Parents, Healthy Children ( (Online e-book)

Alberta Health Service's online guide to pregnancy and being a parent; two e-books available for free, Pregnancy and Birth and The Early Years. You can also contact Community Health Services in Thickwood for a hard copy of these books (780-791-6247).

Toddler's First Steps (BC Gov PDF e-book)

The BC Ministry of Health's guide to parenting children between the age of 6 and 36 months.

Baby's Best Chance (BC Gov Online e-book)

Comprehensive Guidebook developed by the BC Ministry of Health that covers pregnancy and baby care.

Post-Partum Depression Awareness ( (Online Resources & Support Group)

Breast Feeding Alberta ( (Medication and Product Safety during Pregnancy) (Support for Gestational Diabetes & More)

Information about Diabetes in Pregnancy, provided by Dr. Edmond Ryan from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ryan is a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Subcommittee for Diabetes in Pregnancy.

Local Community Resources

Disclaimer: this list of resources is provided as-is for the convenience of patients of the WBPCN. Please note that the WBPCN does not endorse specific businesses, products, or professionals, and that the inclusion of a resource in this list (apart from those associated with Alberta Health Services) does not constitute a medical recommendation.

AHS Community Health Services (commonly known as 'Public Health')
(780-791-6247) |

Among many other services, Public Health in Thickwood offers:

  • Prenatal Classes - (fees may apply)
  • Well Baby Clinic - provides immunizations, and support on breastfeeding, sleep patterns, growth & development, nutrition, child safety, and screening for postpartum depression

Keyano Syncrude Sport & Wellness Center
(780-791-7792) |

As part of the Community Wellness Initiative at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Center, the following programs are available:

Fort McMurray Doulas

The Fort McMurray Doula Association provides prenatal classes and support. Classes are offered every second Tuesday of the month, and typically begin at 7:30pm. For more information on the current schedule please visit their website.

MacDonald Island Park Recreation Center
(780-791-0070) |

Macdonald Island offers Baby Fit classes to help improve your fitness after childbirth, Drop-in Childcare, and a wide variety of other programs.

Wood Buffalo YMCA
(780-790-9622) |

The Wood Buffalo YMCA offers:

  • Lil'Dippers - swimming lessons for parents and tots, for children as young as 6 months old.
  • Kiddie Kare - free childcare while mothers exercise at the YMCA (maximum 90 minutes)

The HUB: Family Resource Center
Timberlea: 780-743-9225 | Franklin: 780-791-7110 |

The Hub offers a wide variety of support groups and programs for parents and children, including:

  • Making Music - Explore sounds and music with your child (Ages 0-6)
  • Triple P Positive Parenting - participate in an internationally-recognized parenting program to learn skills for building strong relationships and managing misbehaviour

The Hub also offers a 6-week series of prenatal classes 3x every year, with sessions commencing in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Contact the Hub (780-791-7110) to register in advance. The Hub also hosts the community's grassroots Breastfeeding Support Group every Thursday from 10:00am-11:00am at the Hub in Timberlea. Email inquiries can be directed to Melissa Redden, the Hub's Welcome to Parenthood Coordinator, at

Gregoire Children's Center
(780-743-3309) | 254 Gregoire Drive | Gregoire Children's Center - Yellow Pages

The Children's Centre offers free prenatal classes, postnatal education, and drop-in parent and toddler play sessions. They host Prenatal Classes every Tuesday from 11:00am-12:00pm, taught by a Public Health Nurse. A Dietitian is also frequently in attendance. A Post-Natal Group is also hosted every Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Wood Buffalo Regional Library
(780-743-7800) |

The WBRL offers a fantastic Book Babies program, where parents and their children up to the age of 18 months can play games, sing songs, and read books together. Every Friday at 10:30am, and Wednesday at 2:00pm.


AHS Community Health Services - Breastfeeding Clinic
(780-791-6247) |

The AHS Breastfeeding Clinic at Public Health in Thickwood (Breastfeeding Clinic) aims to support mothers with issues related to milk production, plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush, latching issues, poor infant weight gain, breast reduction surgery, and adoptive nursing. Women can self-refer to this clinic when they are experiencing complications of breastfeeding; the clinic is staffed with Registered Nurses trained to teach breastfeeding techniques and to care for common complications.

Fort McMurray Breastfeeding Support Group

There are currently three grassroots, community-initiated breastfeeding support groups in Fort McMurray, offering drop-in mother-to-mother support.

  • Wednesdays: 10:00am-11:30am Children's Program Room at the Library (TEMPORARY DUE TO WILDFIRE)

La Leche League Canada - Breastfeeding Support Group Meetings
(Lisa Penner: 780-478-0507) |

La Leche League supports breastfeeding families. Participants are welcome before and after the birth of their children; meetings are free of charge.

  • Second Wednesday of the Month: 7:00pm-9:00pm at the HUB Family Resource Center Downtown
  • Last Tuesday of the Month: 1:00pm-3:00pm at 505 McKinlay Crescent in Timberlea (a personal residence)


Health Link Alberta (811)
(Dial '811' to Call) |

Health Link (811) provides 24/7 Health Advice. The service is free of charge and is operated by experienced Registered Nurses and other health-care professionals. Call Health Link whenever you have a health concern; they can also make recommendations as to where you should go to seek follow-up care.

Some Other Solutions (SOS)
(780-743-4257 or 1-800-565-3801) |

Some Other Solutions is a local non-profit that operates a 24/7, Confidential Help Line whenever you're experiencing a crisis. Call 780-743-4257 to speak with someone, or visit their website for more resources.

Wood Buffalo - Family and Community Support Services
(780-743-7910) |

Wood Buffalo's Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) provides free and confidential professional counselling to individuals, children, couples and families in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Alberta Health Services Counselling - Fort McMurray Hospital
(780-791-6194) |

Women can self-refer to AHS' Counselling Services if they are experiencing symptoms of post-partum depression; AHS' Mental Health Therapists will work with new mothers to create individualized treatment plans. This service is free of charge.

After Baby Support Group (Informal Grassroots Organization)
Group Leader Kellie O'Dea (Doula): 780-799-5552

Sessions are held every Thursday at 101 Tundra Drive (Evergreen Christian Church) from 9:30am-11:00am. This service is free of charge.