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Pregnancy & early childhood

Register for SmartMom

SmartMom is a free Canadian text messaging program that sends pregnant women evidence-based information tailored to their stage of pregnancy. You'll receive helpful messages with links, phone numbers and videos about fetal growth, options for screening in pregnancy, and preparation for labour and delivery, all delivered to your phone at the right time in your pregnancy. All information is free and from sources you can trust.

Enroll in SmartMom today by:

  1. Texting "VCH" to 12323 
  2. Or visiting smartmomcanada.ca and click "Enroll Now"


Parent and child services include prenatal and newborn follow-up, child health clinics, parent-infant drop-in groups, audiology, dental,  and speech/language services for children up to age five. Our services are generally free-of-charge to people living in the VCH region, although some programs have eligibility criteria like age and income.

Services for expectant parents

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, so 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.

Pregnancy supports for youth 

Services for new parents & babies

  • 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. 

  • If you are not contacted, you can find your local health unit and give them a call. 

  • For additional information on caring for yourself and your baby, visit our parenting website

Parenting resources


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