Pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood bring physical and emotional changes. Knowing what to expect can make these changes easier to handle and enjoy.
Maternity services provide care that is specialized to a woman's needs and as close to home as possible. The right knowledge helps you make the best decisions for you and your baby. Visit our Parenting Resources website to find helpful information about pregnancy.
We provide emergency contraction, free or low-cost birth control options, pregnancy testing and counseling options for youth. Learn more about our services for youth.
If you're pregnant and want support, call 1 (855) 550-2229 or download the prenatal online submission form and email it to VCHPrenatalProgram@vch.ca. Access our public health nurses services, we can help you be healthy and safe during your pregnancy, help you learn about feeding and caring for your baby, and help you find community resources that are right for you.
Download your copy of Baby's Best Chance or pick up a printed copy from your local community health centre.
Healthy Families BC's Pregnancy and Parenting website has up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers up to three years of age.
- Mothers who give birth in a hospital will receive a phone call from a public health nurse within 24-48 hours after discharge from hospital.
- Mothers who receive care from a midwife will receive care in the first few days from their midwife and will be contacted by a public health nurse within six to eight weeks.