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Prenatal program

Pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood bring physical and emotional changes. Knowing what to expect can make these changes easier to handle and enjoy. Public health nurses, nutritionists and other public health staff can help.

Talk to a public health nurse

If you are young (24 or under), have a low income, or have concerns about how you are going to cope with caring for your new baby, please call 1 (855) 550-2229 and talk to a public health nurse.
Public health nurses are here to 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 individual needs. Services may include:

  • Individual follow-up by a public health nurse
  • Group programs for health education and support (based on local availability)
  • Referrals to other programs and professionals

Who’s eligible for public health prenatal services?

Anyone who lives within the area we serve. Some programs have eligibility criteria like age or income.

Is there a cost for public health prenatal services?

No, these services are offered free-of-charge.

How do I access these services?

  • Call the toll-free prenatal telephone line at 1 (855) 550-2229
  • Download the prenatal form and email it to VCHPrenatalProgram@vch.ca - Please save the document to your computer before filling it out
  • Ask your family doctor or midwife to refer you to a public health nurse for prenatal support

Services

Healthiest Babies Possible Program
On-Call Public Health Nurse Vancouver
Public Health Nurse Prenatal and Early Years
Public Health Nurse Telephone Resource
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