Baby’s Best Chance

Pregnancy, childbirth, newborn, breastfeeding and parenting information

Healthy life-style choices during pregnancy – Info on healthy eating and how to have a free session with a Dietitian – Healthy eating and pregnancy – Stay active, eat healthy – Choose fish low in mercury from BC Health files

Canada’s food guide to Healthy Eating – Designed to help Canadians make wise food choices

Find a food bank

SOGC information on exercise during pregnancy and postpartum

Evidence Based Birth – excellent resource dealing with prenatal, labor and birth best evidence –

Screening options and informed decisions

BC Genetic Screening Options

Pacific Center for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) – information on private prenatal screening options

Panarama – NIPT:

March of Dimes – A US based organization whose mission is to improve infant health by preventing birth defects through research and information.

Childbirth Connection – A resource to effective care in pregnancy and childbirth. Helping women make informed decisions

Motherisk – A resource for evidence-based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation

Obstetric Ultrasound – Description of the benefits and safety of current ultrasound options

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada non-medical use of fetal ultrasound

Mother & Child Glossary – A United Nations pregnancy and childbirth information resource

Antenatal Results and Choices website– A link to Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC). United Kingdom organization, which provides non-directive support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process. ARC role is to help parents arrive at the most appropriate decision for them in the context of their family life.

The prevention of group B streptococcus disease 2010 CDRC research and guidelines on the prevention of Neonatal Group B Strep Disease

Current evidence on Group B Strep in pregnancy

Association of Ontario Midwives GBS guideline

Dr Aviva Romm informed discussion about GBS. One caveat – British Columbian midwives can provide prophylactic antibiotic treatment at home to women that have had no allergic reactions to antibiotics –

Vit K CPS postion statement

Vit K evidence based discussion

Photos of Fetal Development

Pregnancy discomforts

Headache and migraines in pregnancy

Dealing with excessive morning sickness

Sacroiliac – joint pain in pregnancy – A complimentary/ alternate health resource

Dealing with constipation

Prenatal education options

Douglas College

The Village Prenatal, Newborn Care and Infant CPR workshops

Dancing Star Birthing from Within

Vancouver Childbearing Society

Prenatal in a Nutshell

Hypnobabies – Childbirth Hypnosis for Pregnancy & Motherhood

Jennifer King – Hypnobabies Instructor – Web-based prenatal, labor + birth and postnatal education – ‘gentle birthing and gentle mothering’

Understanding and coping with prelabor –  prodromal labor – early labor:×11-Updated.pdf

Web based app providing suggestions about pushing out a baby:

Other prenatal topics

SOGC exercise during pregnancy and postpartum guideline

Pelvic floor and abdominal diastasis physiotherapy

Travelling while pregnant

Pregnancy and babies

Delayed Cord Clamping

Circumcision info

Flu vaccination during pregnancy

Cochrane review on influenza immunisation

Coping with miscarriage

Honoring a short life at Lions gate Hospital, North Vancouver

Empty cradle BC

UK information  about miscarriage

Healing after miscarriage

Canada wide pregnancy infant and loss network

Women’s Health Counseling service

Perineal massage:

AOM handout on iron deficiency anaemia:

AOM handout on in due time – pregnancy beyond 40:

AOM handout understanding options when pregnancy goes beyond due date:

AOM handout hypertensive disorders in pregnancy: – Finding a certified doula

Claire Campbell-Williams
t: (604) 600-2051

Jill Colpitts Birth Support and Education
t: 6043402452

Marlow Muscatt – Bunky Bambino

Debra Woods
t: 7789970753

Fiona Galvani
t: (604) 202-8523


Home support for newborn care

Multiple pregnancy doula care

Food doulas

Food on the table

Acupressure – An Australian resource on acupressure in labour

Review of waterbirth research

Evidence for Waterbirth

Article about homebirths in BC

Youtube discussion – Place of birth understood, Absolute risk

Evidence for homebirth compiled 2013 – TENS and TUB rentals – preparing child/ren for the birth of a sibling

Abdominally turning a baby from a bum down (breech) position –
(1) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). External cephalic version and reducing the incidence of breech presentation – PDF

(2) Youtube video showing ECV – turning a baby in a bum down position to a head down (cephalic) position.

Best birth clinic – Information on vaginal breech and VBAC options in BC – A VBAC Information resource  – Seeking clarity of vaginal birth after caesarian – AOM VBAC handout

Recovering from C/S Q& A

AOM handout Normal newborn behaviour and care

Women’s Health Counseling service

Family services of the North Shore – family programs and counseling services.

Things to do with your baby and child on the North Shore

New and Green – Environmentally friendly local cloth diaper options.– Merino wool kids clothing – More environmentally friendly diaper options.

Birth certificate and registration

Maternity and/or Paternity Leave and EI

Child benefits

Enrolling your newborn in the medical services plan


Non-Violent Communication Website – A link to the natural family living magazine. – A breastfeeding support link.

BC Coucil for families – A link to British Columbia’s council for families. – A contraception information resource

Breastfeeding – General breastfeeding information.

Dr. Jack Newman Breastfeeding Videos

Biological Nurturing

Infant risk center – Information on drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. – Organization that promotes the importance of breastfeeding and the ethical marketing of formula. – Coping with low milk supply.


Coping with crying and babies fussy periods

The Fussy Baby Site – Crying baby? Tips to help.

Five Essential Tummy Time Moves – Video

Safe sleep environment guideline

Safe swaddling

Happiest Baby on the block

Calming a fussy baby video


Pacific Postpartum Support Society – For help with postpartum depression.

BC mental health information resource


Canadian Paediatric Society – Immunization.

Immunize BC – Immunizations in British Columbia.

Home Safety Checklist – baby proofing your house.

Info on car seats

BCAA buying an infant car seat


Manual for new Dads

Women’s health

BC women’s and maternal health

Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) education video on postpartum haemorrhage (PPH)

AOM PPH guideline

Coming to terms with a difficult or unexpected experience

Canadian Midwives – A link to the Canadian Association of Midwives

College of Midwives – A link to British Columbia’s midwifery regulatory body that licenses registered midwives

Ministry of Health – A link to the Ministry of Health of BC’s information site about regulated and funded midwifery in BC

UBC  – A link to the University of British Columbia Midwifery School – A link to the professional association of registered midwives in BC

BCPHSP – A link to British Columbia’s Perinatal Health Services Program –

Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Canada (SOGC) clinical guidelines

Parenting TipsDownload Folder 1.6 MB (Word Documents & PDF)

Antenatal screening – Information regarding antenatal testing

Management of Shoulder Dystocia  – Information on assisted shoulder birth

BC’s 2009 homebirth study

Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants a Protective Coat

Abstract from MA Thesis completed in 2008 – Vera Berard RM

During 2006, MCNS included a modified Centering Pregnancy® and Parenting(TM) (CPP) group care model into midwifery service delivery. A simple quantitative and qualitative case-study evaluation about women’s experience was undertaken, seven to eighteen months after birth. The aim was three-fold: to inform an individual practice about the value of group care; to see implications for quality of work-life and lastly to assess how the findings can be related to enhancing the provision of midwifery service delivery within the Canadian Health Care System.

Forty-eight women, in five groups of nine to ten members received a combination of approximately half of their prenatal and postnatal appointments in a group setting, and the other half as individual visits. Access to midwifery care was substantially expanded without notably increasing prenatal and postnatal service delivery hours. This had a positive effect on midwives quality of work-life.

Out of the entire population who had experienced midwifery group care, 32 women completed and returned a 50 question survey, two declined to participate and fourteen did not respond. Respondents were mostly post-secondary educated Caucasians, with an average age of 33. A balanced response was received from both first time mothers and experienced mothers.

Ninety-one percent viewed group care positively. Most respondents were comfortable with health assessment and informed choice discussions in a group setting. Sixty-eight percent reported that they were still meeting with their group. This response suggested that incorporating group care in midwifery service delivery added a long-term social networking benefit.

All respondents considered individual visits integral to midwifery service. A large majority recommended either keeping group session numbers the same or adding one to two extra sessions. However, a small minority recommended having no group care. The study reflected women’s diverse needs and indicated that need fulfillment contributed to women’s experience. These findings suggested that an essential part of midwifery service delivery is to maintain both individual visits and group care as service options. While these results appear promising further in depth evaluation is required.

“Three of the five groups continue regularly to be in touch and meet. Most of these women have had a second or third child. The ages of the children range from 5 years to 6 weeks old. Women say these friendships that started during their midwifery experience are as supportive as family. Some have been asking for group care in their next pregnancies. In one woman’s words: “Midwives roles in our life is very specific and for a relatively short duration – the support of other families can naturally extend much farther if given the time to blossom and grow”. These facts and perceptions have encouraged Vera, with the assistance of Kathy McGrenera, to continue to develop midwifery group care as an optional service that clients can participate in when there are enough women interested to run a prenatal group.”

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