Perinatal Support Worker
The next intake for this program will be Fall 2020.
Interested in learning more about this program?
Join us for a short online information session on April 2 at 7:00pm EST or June 25 at 7:00pm EST. The session will outline what you can expect from this program and will allow you to ask any questions you may have. Instructions on how to join the session will be emailed to you before the event. Please register below.
Open to Personal Support Worker graduates, the PNSW program covers the period from conception through the first year of a newborn's life. The program encompasses support for low and high risk women (social as well as medical) and includes working with the disability community. No other support program offers such a comprehensive curriculum.
Upon completion of the program, the PNSW will function much like a Personal Support Worker does, acting both independently and under supervision of a health care professional such as a nurse or midwife depending upon the circumstance of their employment.
As an independent, ancillary member of the health care team the PNSW will be able to act as an advocate for the women and families they support. Working in collaboration with other members of a woman's health care team the PNSW can create the most appropriate and personalized emotional, educational and physical support for mother, baby and family. The PNSW will also be able to deliver perinatal education to new and expecting parents.
The PNSW program offers a new and innovative career option for those whose passion is working with new and expecting families.
- Train to provide evidence based educational, emotional and physical support appropriate to the individual needs of the client/s
- Learn to provide supportive care for newborns and infants up to the age of 1 year
- Courses are completed online and in-class on weekends, allowing students to work while in the program
Admission & Registration
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing.
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Click on the course number below to check current availability and for registration information
|Course Number||Course Name||Course Description|
|HSCI10240||Perinatal Support Worker||
As an independent, ancillary, member of the health care team the PNSW will act as an advocate for the women and families they support. Working in collaboration with other members of a woman's health care team the PNSW can create the most appropriate and personalized emotional, educational and physical support for mother, baby and family. Blended delivery: 128 hours in class, 384 hours of independent study, 500 hours apprenticeship/volunteer work.
Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 In-Class Dates
The program schedule below is for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms.
Further details will be available in the Continuing Education Course Catalogue prior to the start of each term.
|Course Date||Course Time||Course Location|
|September 21 & 22, 2019||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|October 26 & 27, 2019||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|November 23 & 24, 2019||9:00am - 5:00pm||
|December 14 & 15, 2019||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|January 25 & 26, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|February 22 & 23, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|March 28 & 29, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|April 25 & 26, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 In-Class Dates
The program schedule below is for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.
|Course Date||Course Time||Course Location|
|September 26 & 27, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|October 24 & 25, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|November 21 & 22, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||
|December 12 & 13, 2020||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|January 23 & 24, 2021||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|February 27 & 28, 2021||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|March 27 & 28, 2021||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
|April 24 & 25, 2021||9:00am - 5:00pm||IAHS|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Perinatal Support Workers may be able to find employment in the following areas:
- Birthing clinics
- In Home
- Doctors Clinic
- Breastfeeding Clinics
- Parenting Education Facilities
- Private Businesses & Agencies