GENETIC SCREENING IN BC
Screening and testing for genetic disorders is available for all pregnant women. The tests are optional and time sensitive, so be informed early and talk to your partner about how they feel.
BABY'S BEST CHANCE
BC has a free online resource for expecting parents. Read up about pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Lire en français
Midwives work closely with doulas. Check out the Kootenay Doula Group website below. If you or your partner self identify as aboriginal please click here to find out how to apply for The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program
PLACE OF BIRTH HANDBOOK
Whether you are planning a hospital birth or home birth, we are here to help you prepare and understand how we put your safety first. The BC College of Nurses & Midwives has a handbook explaining midwifery support in either setting.
From baby's first latch, to night time feeding, midwives understand the basics and complexities of breastfeeding. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, midwives and nurses are trained to provide you with the support to make sure your baby latches well so that you have a positive experience of feeding your baby. First Droplets is a resource for latching baby. La Leche League has helpful information for transgender and non-binary parents who choose to breastfeed or chestfeed their babies. Check out the link below for excellent information from the International Breastfeeding Centre.
If you are experiencing anxiety or depression during the pregnancy or postpartum period you're not alone. Women and men can both struggle with their mood and relationships during this time of change. Talk to your midwife about services that are helpful to you. Pacific Postpartum Society supports parents across BC. Postpartum Support International is a helpful resource. Click on the link below to see a checklist tool that you can fill out and discuss with your midwife.