Pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood bring physical and emotional changes. Knowing where you can get support can make these changes easier to handle.
If you're pregnant and want support, you can access the full range of the
services our public health nurses offer, from telephone to in-person assistance for everything from
child health clinics to
parent-infant drop-in groups,
speech and language services.
We can help you be healthy and safe during your pregnancy, learn about feeding and caring for your baby, and find
community resources that are right for you. Our services are generally free-of-charge to people living in the VCH region, although some programs have eligibility criteria such as age and income.
Youth health clinics: We provide emergency contraception, free or low-cost birth control options, pregnancy testing and counselling options for youth.
Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program (YPPP): More information on this free program for pregnant women age 24 and under living in Vancouver or Richmond is available in the
Nurse-Family Partnership: This free Healthy Families BC program is for women having their first baby and ensures they both receive support during pregnancy and after the child is born up to two 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 they're discharged from the 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're not contacted,
reach out to a Public Health Nurse at your local health unit.
VCH maternity services are specialized to a woman's needs and available at many communities throughout VCH.
Parent-infant drop-in groups are a chance for new parents to connect with and get support from other parents and health care professionals to discuss infant growth and development, nutrition, safety and adjustment to parenthood
Healthiest Babies Possible Program provides nutrition counselling, health education, food access and social support to pregnant women facing challenging life circumstances in Vancouver or Richmond.