General Information Resources

Health Before Pregnancy.  Ontario’s Best Start on-line resource.

The Babies Best Chance Website.  A fairly good resource from the BC Ministry of Health – lots of information and links.

Pregnancy and Oral Care.  Taking care of your teeth while you’re pregnant.

Is It Safe for My Baby? Risks and recommendations for the use of medication, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Dealing with Nausea and Vomiting.  Advice from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.   Also information from Motherisk on effective treatments for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Motherisk at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for advice on the risks of drugs, medications, and toxic exposures during pregnancy.  “Motherisk counselors talk to hundreds of women and their healthcare providers each day providing guidance, support and peace of mind. So if you don’t find the information you are looking for on this website, try calling one of our Helplines. Motherisk counselors are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST” {Excerpt from website}

Download the PAR Med X for Pregnancy. “PARmed-X for PREGNANCY is a guideline for health screening prior to participation in a prenatal fitness class or other exercise.”

Pregnets.  Want to Quit Smoking?  Check out this website. “The mission of the network for the Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) is to improve the health of moms and their babies by offering information, resources and support to pregnant and postpartum women and their health care providers.”

Government of Canada Services “Having a Baby”. Links to Employment Insurance information on parental leave, tax information including benefits programs, registering your child, and more

Genetic Screening

Perinatal Services BC Genetic Screening

Lifelabs Panorama 

BC Biomedical Labs Panorama

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Options for private-pay genetic screening blood tests and ultrasound done between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Nutrition and Exercise 

Find a Food Bank HERE.

Access prenatal nutritional support through Healthiest Babies Possible.  Self-referrals are welcome. Call 604 675 3982.

Healthy Eating in Pregnancy from Act Now BC.

Chose Fish Low in Mercury from BC Health Files.

Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects from BC Health Files.

Folic Acid from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.

Email a Health Link Dietician. For nutrition information for you and your baby.

Healthy Pregnancy BC: I'm Pregnant: Should I Exercise?

Exercise and Pregnancy Hotline.  Also out of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto; ask questions about exercise in pregnancy, whether your an amateur or athlete.

Mental Health

Pacific Postpartum Support Society,

Barb Komar, pregnancy loss counselor, 604.328.9258

Tania Zulkoskey Counselling,

Dr. Michal Regev,

Best Birth Clinic Traumatic Birth Counsellor, 604-875-3281

Reproductive Mental Health.  Support for women experiencing challenges related to the reproductive life cycle.

Dragonstone Counselling,

Community Resources

Healthiest Babies Possible,

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society,

Healthy Families BC,

West Coast Family Centers,

Best Birth Clinic,

Safety from Abuse

Women against Violence against Women,  Crisis Line 604-255-6344,

Battered Women’s Support Services,