New and expecting parents in the Kamloops-Thompson Region are invited to attend free maternity education webinars. Beginning April 25, a group of local health care providers will deliver a weekly webinar to parents who are preparing for their pregnancy and caregiving journey. The Thompson Region Division of Family Practice will offer the eight-week series from April 25 to June 13.

Melanie Todd, the Division’s Network Lead, said the no-charge program has a strong following with the local health care providers who develop and present the content.

“We’re continuing to see growing demand for maternity supports and education,” Todd said. “The range of topics are important for new and expecting parents, including infant safety, breastfeeding, preparing for labour and birth, and taking care of your postpartum body and mental health.”

Heidi Coleman, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation CEO, said the Foundation has eagerly sponsored the popular program for the last couple of years.

“The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation is committed to giving expectant and new parents a positive start with their babies,” Coleman said. “By supporting educational programs such as the Perinatal Education and Support Group Series, the RIH Foundation in turn supports the community’s health care needs.”

Area residents can learn more and register online at The series includes advice from local doctors, registered midwives, registered nurses, and other guest speakers, including a physiotherapist, lactation consultant, and even a car seat specialist. Spring sessions run on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 p.m. beginning April 25.

The Thompson Region Division of Family Practice is a non-profit organization of family physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered midwives that engages in community-based projects to improve access to primary health care in the Kamloops-Thompson Region.