College of Nursing

Continuing Nursing Education

E-Learning Event - March 8, 2012

Pregnancy and HIV: Promoting Healthy Conception and Motherhood



Improvement in life expectancy and quality of life for people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in Canada plus reduced vertical transmission (from mother to child) has led numerous PLWHIV to consider having children. However, few support services and resources are available for PLWHIV and their care providers to plan safe and healthy conception, pregnancy and motherhood.

The Canadian Fertility Program has developed tools aimed at improving access to information and services for PLWHIV in Canada and who intend to have children and their care providers. These include National HIV Pregnancy Planning Clinical Practice Guidelines; two pregnancy planning workshops, one for PLWHIV and one for health care and service providers (HCP) and; four information pamphlets. This session will feature the workshop entitled “Healthy Pregnancy, Conception and Motherhood for People Living with HIV and Their Partners.” Workshop topics include healthy pre-conception, safe conception, healthy pregnancy and HIV positive motherhood.


  • to introduce the clinical and social issues related to pregnancy, pregnancy planning, conception and motherhood for people living with HIV and their partners
  • describe the Canadian Fertility Program including the National Pregnancy Planning Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • reduce HIV-related stigma regarding pregnancy and HIV

Target audience: Health care providers, AIDS Service Organizations, community members, fertility clinic staff, First Nations community health nurses and representatives, obstetricians, family physicians, infectious diseases specialists

This workshop has been piloted in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Local community and physician champions co-organized and co-facilitated the pilot workshops and included people living with HIV. Participants indicated they had increased knowledge of HIV pregnancy planning after attending this workshop.

Pre-workshop reading material that may be of interest for review available at:

Reproductive and Maternal Health Pamphlets

Perinatal Guidelines

The following materials will be used for the workshop:

Pregnancy and HIV: Promoting Healthy Conception and Motherhood

*Please make sure to bring your own copy, as this material will NOT be available at the sites.

Fax Sheet - print off and send in any question you may have


Mona Loutfy MD, FRCPC, MPH

Dr. Mona Loutfy is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto where she focuses on clinical HIV research. Her clinical practice is at the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic which cares for over 2,500 HIV-positive patients; she is also the Research Director at the clinic.  Her area of research is in women and HIV with a particular focus on pre-conception, pregnancy, parenthood, access to care, stigma, and women’s and sexual and reproductive health . She launched the Woman and HIV Research Program at the Women’s College Research Institute in 2006 to carry out these activities. Mona works from a community-based research model involving the people that her research will affect at all stages.

Ms. Shari Margolese, Community Researcher, Advocate
Shari Margolese has been an advocate for HIV-positive people since shortly after her own HIV diagnosis in 1993. Her work as a community consultant and researcher with the Women and HIV Research Program, Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto includes various community based research projects focusing on the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV.  Shari’s current research volunteer commitments include the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Ontario Study Cohort Governance Committee and the Community Advisory Committees of both Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian Trials Network and the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC). At the community level, Shari is a steering committee member of two important women’s health networks in Canada and internationally, Blueprint for Action on Women and Girls and HIV and the ATHENA network. She also holds an appointment to the CIHR HIV Research Advisory Committee (CHARAC). Shari is a sought after, internationally known, speaker and frequent contributor to several magazines and community web portals. Shari is an inductee to the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her extraordinary commitment to the HIV community.

Ms. Krista Shore
Krista Shore is a 27-year-old First Nations woman, originally from Peepeekeesis First Nation in Saskatchewan. She currently lives in Regina with her children. Krista was diagnosed with HIV in 2006. Krista is an energetic and passionate advocate for Aboriginal People Living with HIV. Krista is an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator who has shared her knowledge and lived experience with audiences across the country. Among her many volunteer commitments.  Krista has served on the board of directors of All Nations Hope and is an honorary member and mentor of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network National Youth Project Steering Committee and is a National Pregnancy Planning Guidelines Development Team member and community champion for Saskatchewan regarding HIV and pregnancy.

Ms. Logan Kennedy, RN, BScN, MN
Logan Kennedy is currently the Research Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary HIV Pregnancy Research Group (IHPREG) at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and a Registered Nurse.  Her clinical work has been in perinatology with a focus in HIV.  She has worked clinically as a Nurse in Canada, Zimbabwe, and Sudan during which she cared for women living with HIV during pregnancy.  Logan’s Master’s in Nursing research focused on pregnancy and HIV amongst Canadian newcomers.  Logan’s research interests are in the discrimination of marginalized women during pregnancy.  She is a member of the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.


Jackie Eaton - Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator

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