Prenatal Program
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Get a healthy start! Receiving early prenatal care and connecting with supports and services improves both women’s and babies’ health. All pregnant women are encouraged to contact our prenatal program, Healthy From The Start.

Sign up as early in your pregnancy as possible to talk to a public health nurse.

What is Healthy From The Start?

Healthy From The Start is a free one stop shop that connects pregnant women with services in the community and on line to help her have a healthy pregnancy. We ensure you, your baby, and family get the best possible information, confidential care and support. Program services are offered by experienced and caring public health nurses.

What to expect:

  • Prenatal health information
  • A public health nurse will answer any questions you may have
  • Learn more about prenatal resources and services near you

The public health nurse will provide you with information on the following topics to support you to make healthy choices during pregnancy:

  • Nutrition and lifestyle
  • Wellbeing, relationships, and emotional health
  • Breastfeeding information and local supports
  • Parenting information

With Healthy From The Start families can receive information and support in a number of areas including accessing prenatal care, warning signs in pregnancy, mental health, relationships, breastfeeding, parenting and more. When a woman calls in, she will speak with a public health nurse who will complete a health screening questionnaire, provide valuable health information, answer questions and connect her with programs and resources available in her community. 

How do I sign up? 

  • Fill out the secure Healthy From The Start form
  • Contact us directly, toll free at 1-855-868-7710. Staff is available Monday to Friday, and some Saturday’s from 8:30 am to 4 pm PST / 9:30 am to 5 pm MST.

Resources

  • Healthy Families BC - Learn more about planning for a pregnancy, care during pregnancy, labour, birth, as well as postpartum baby and toddler care.
  • Breastfeeding Buddy Tool - Web-based app full of tips, tools, videos, and more to help with breastfeeding. It also contains links to community. 
  • Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care - A reference guide to help new parents from pregnancy, through birth, and in the parenting of a baby up to six months of age. Available in English, French, and as an easy to read digital flip book.
  • Perinatal Services BC Pregnancy - Information about prenatal genetic screening and emotional health resources.
  • Our Special Journey: Pregnancy Passport - A booklet to support you in having a healthy pregnancy, tracking your progress, and preparing for your baby.
    • Medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health, nutrition, and medication topics and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Services and Resources Directory to find health services near you.
    • Food Safety during Pregnancy
    • Immunizations and Pregnancy 
  • 8-1-1 – Call from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse any time of the day or night. On weekdays, you can speak to a dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating. At night pharmacists are available to answer your medication questions. You can also speak to a health service representative for general health service information 
  • The Healthy Pregnancy Guide - Healthy eating plays a very important role in a healthy pregnancy.
  • Immunize BC  - Immunization helps protect you & your baby from a number of serious diseases and it is recommended that pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy speak to a Public Health Nurse or Health Care Provider to check that you have all the recommended immunizations BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your pregnancy.
  • La Leche League Canada – Breastfeeding resources.
  • BC Association of Family Resource Programs - A not-for-profit provincial organization dedicated to promoting and supporting community-based Family Resource Programs.
  • StrongStartBC - Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities including stories, music, and art. At no cost to families, this early learning drop-in program helps prepare children for success in Kindergarten.
  • Our Sacred Journey: Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport - You can use this Pregnancy Passport to keep records, write down your goals, questions, ideas, and your decisions. The first two sections include useful information for your whole pregnancy.
  • Honoring Our Babies Toolkit: Safe Sleep - Provides expectant mothers with health information, resources, traditional teachings, growth charts and, checklists.  It is also used for writing down goals, thoughts, ideas, and dreams for your baby.
  • First Nations Health Authority - Information on maternal, child and family health including safe sleep, childhood health & wellness resource booklets, early hearing screening and maternal/child infant health.


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