Healthy Beginnings, 3rd Edition

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Having a baby is demanding enough without having to sort through an over-abundance of pregnancy books. Much has been written about pregnancy, but nothing compares to this guide developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the national body that sets Canadian clinical practice guidelines for obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is a credible, long-standing professional society with a growing and robust membership that consists of over 3,000 members including obstetricians, gynaecologists, family doctors, nurses, midwives, researchers, and trainees. A voluntary, non-profit scientific organization founded in 1944, the Society is North America's longest-standing national professional organization devoted to the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology. The SOGC is recognized for the excellence of its patient education programs and resources. The mission of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, outreach and education.

The Society is proud to introduce the 4th edition of Healthy Beginnings as a uniquely Canadian handbook based on SOGC clinical practice guidelines, to give women the information they need to make healthy choices in pregnancy. The advice and information you will find in this book is “evidence-based.” This means that the content reflects current knowledge and comes from the latest proven research and professional practices in Canada. All of the guidelines for care before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and post-partum contained in this handbook have been updated as needed. The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Your health-care provider should be consulted and will advise you on your pregnancy and/or specific problems.

Healthy Beginnings is the ONLY Canadian resource of its kind. There is no other more comprehensive guide available that is user-friendly, clinically accurate and completely adapted to the Canadian environment.

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