PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE: Improving Prenatal Environmental Health Education


The Prenatal Environmental Health Forum, PEHE, held at the University of Ottawa on November 20 and 21 provided a discussion opportunity for obstetricians, gynecologist, physicians, nurses ( +public health), midwives, educators and other practitioners to implement strategies to educate pregnant and nursing women and their families about harmful environmental exposures. Little things matter: The impact of toxins on the developing brain. That was the title of the video presented by Dr. Bruce Lanphear, BC Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University at the PEHE forum. You can view the video here: or at

Becoming informed about environmental health risks and making small changes can make significant differences in health, protecting pregnant and nursing women and their families. There are many other ‘at risk’ people in the general population that also need to be protected. The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment has produced many environmental health education resources (downloadable) including an informative video on creating healthy home environments for kids –


Additional resources from the forum on children’s health protection:

Collaborative on Health and the Environment:

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) Children’s Environmental Health Project:

Healthy Child, Healthy World:

Planned Parenthood: Green Choices Initiative:

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment:

Children’s Environmental Health Network:

Motherisk (Sick Kids):

Less Toxic Guide:

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep:

Health Canada:


Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design,

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