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Pregnancy supports

It's important to get your information about pregnancy supports from a good source. Below are some suggestions of where to learn more about labour, pregnancy, and more.

Get a copy of Babies Best Chance, a handbook for new families, from your provider or any public health office.

 

Healthy Families BC has videos and information to help you from planning a pregnancy to welcoming a newborn into your family on topics such as:

See all Healthy Families BC videos related to pregnancy, birth and the first few days at home.

As you go through your pregnancy and birth, it's important that you have the support of a health care professional that you trust. In British Columbia, this person can be a family doctor, obstetrician or registered midwife. Learn more about the each of these professionals by visiting these websites:

Once you've decided what kind of professional you'd like to work with, find one that is going to be a good fit for you and your family.

  • Ask trusted friends, family or co-workers for recommendations

  • Ask other health care providers for recommendations

  • Search the listings in the websites linked above for a professional in your area accepting new patients

To find a physician in Vancouver, have a look at PregnancyVancouver.ca

Prenatal classes are a great way to get more information, learn new skills, and meet other parents-to-be in your community.

  • For young parents in Richmond or Vancouver – contact the Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program 

  • Douglas College prenatal classes are offered in several VCH communities

  • A Prenatal Breastfeeding Class is offered by the North Shore Public Health Nurses and is open to all pregnant women and their partner/support person. Learn how to register for this Prenatal Breastfeeding Class.

  • For other prenatal classes, try this list from Pregnancy Vancouver.

If you'd like to take prenatal classes, but are not able to afford them, please contact your local public health nurse.

If you are young (24 or under), have a low income, or concerns about coping while caring for your new baby, there are services for you. Call 1-855-550-2229 and talk to a public health nurse or complete the  self-referral form

Public health nurses can help you:

  • Make healthy choices in pregnancy

  • Learn about feeding & caring for a new baby

  • Find community services that are right for you

  • Pregnant women who contact public health will be screened for risk factors and offered services based on their needs. These services could include:

    • Follow-up by public health nurse for clients with identified concerns

    • Group programs for health education and support (based on local availability)

    • Referrals to other programs and professionals

VCH also provides the following community prenatal programs:

  • In Vancouver and Richmond, Healthiest Babies Possible (HBP) provides nutrition and lifestyle counselling to promote a healthy pregnancy. This helps reduce the incidence of low-birth weight babies among high-risk pregnancies. The staff include dietitians, public health nurses and support workers in 14 different languages. Self-referrals are accepted using the  referral form.

  • In Vancouver and Richmond, the Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program (YPPP) is for young moms or dads to be (up to 24 years old). The YPPP program offers friendly pre and postnatal care and education program in a fun, casual environment. Self-referrals are accepted using  this referral form.

  • The Sheway program provides services to pregnant women and women with infants under 18 months with drug or alcohol issues. No referral is needed for this program located at 533 East Hasting Street in Vancouver.





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