Baby’s Best Chance: https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/about-us/additional-resources
Healthy life-style choices during pregnancy
www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating – Info on healthy eating and how to have a free session with a Dietitian
www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/eating – Healthy eating and pregnancy
www.stayactiveeathealthy.ca/consumers/healthy_links.html – Stay active, eat healthy
www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile68m.stm – Choose fish low in mercury from BC Health files
Canada’s food guide to Healthy Eating – Designed to help Canadians make wise food choices
Evidence Based Birth – excellent resource dealing with prenatal, labor and birth best evidence – https://evidencebasedbirth.c
Screening options and informed decisions
Pacific Center for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) – information on private prenatal screening options
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
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.
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 – http://avivaromm.com/group-b-strep-gbs-in-pregnancy-whats-a-mom-to-do
Sacroiliac – joint pain in pregnancy
motherandchildhealth.com – A complimentary/ alternate health resource
Prenatal education options
Hypnobabies – Childbirth Hypnosis for Pregnancy & Motherhood
www.sarahbuckley.com – Web-based prenatal, labor + birth and postnatal education – ‘gentle birthing and gentle mothering’
Other prenatal topics
Pelvic floor and abdominal diastasis physiotherapy
www.bcdoulas.org/about-us – Finding a certified doula
t: (604) 600-2051
Jill Colpitts Birth Support and Education
Marlow Muscatt – Bunky Bambino
Acupressure – An Australian resource on acupressure in labour
Youtube discussion – Place of birth understood, Absolute risk
maidenhairbirthservices.com – TENS and TUB rentals
youtube.com/watch?v=mZk47s4VLk0 – 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
vbac.com – A VBAC Information resource
Family services of the North Shore – family programs and counseling services.
New and Green – Environmentally friendly local cloth diaper options.
weewoollies.com– Merino wool kids clothing
Mothering.com – A link to the natural family living magazine.
Lalecheleague.org – A breastfeeding support link.
BC Coucil for families – A link to British Columbia’s council for families.
Managingcontraception.com – A contraception information resource
Breastfeedingonline.com – General breastfeeding information.
Infant risk center – Information on drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Infactcanada.ca – Organization that promotes the importance of breastfeeding and the ethical marketing of formula.
www.lowmilksupply.org – Coping with low milk supply.
The Fussy Baby Site – Crying baby? Tips to help.
Five Essential Tummy Time Moves – Video
Pacific Postpartum Support Society – For help with postpartum depression.
Canadian Paediatric Society – Immunization.
Immunize BC – Immunizations in British Columbia.
Home Safety Checklist – baby proofing your house.
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
bcmidwives.com – A link to the professional association of registered midwives in BC
BCPHSP – A link to British Columbia’s Perinatal Health Services Program –
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.”
What kind of health care is provided at a home birth? – https://youtu.be/dS03jfgf3zg