Whether you're thinking about having a baby, are pregnant or have already had your baby, we want to give you information that will help you make healthy and informed decisions at this special time of your life.
The Public Health staff at Northern Health and their community service partners want to work with you to ensure you have the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. We can support you and your family during your pregnancy and after you have had your baby.
An important first step is to enroll in the Healthy Start: Prenatal Registration, which includes:
- a confidential registration questionnaire to screen for risks that may affect the health of you and your families during your pregnancy; and
- prenatal health information and resources.
Your completed registration form will be reviewed by a Public Health nurse during your prenatal visit at your local health unit who will support you to:
- Receive prenatal health information and resources;
- Make healthy choices in pregnancy;
- Learn about feeding and caring for a new baby;
- Get the physical and emotional support you need; and
- Find community services that are right for you.
As you experience your pregnancy, we can provide with you with information about Northern Health’s Healthy Start program, which is part of Healthy Families BC. This program offers a wide range of public health services for pregnant women, new mothers, babies, children and families. We want to ensure that pregnant women and new parents receive the care they and their families need for their overall best health.
Planned birthing services are available at the following facilities:
- Prince George: University Hospital of Northern British Columbia
- Quesnel: GR Baker Memorial Hospital
- Vanderhoof: St. John Hospital
- Fort St. John: Fort St. John Hospital & Birth Centre
- Dawson Creek: Dawson Creek & District Hospital
- Smithers: Bulkley Valley District Hospital
- Terrace: Mills Memorial Hospital
- Kitimat: Kitimat Hospital & Health Centre
- Prince Rupert: Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
- Queen Charlotte: Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre – Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay
After you deliver your baby we can offer you:
- Education and assistance with breastfeeding and infant feeding;
- Resources and help for women experiencing postpartum depression or difficulty with postpartum adjustment
- Parenting information; and
- Enhanced services and follow up for women and families who need additional support.
If you have any questions, contact the Public Health nurses in your area.
Helpful services for pregnant women and their families:
- Pregnancy Passport — The Pregnancy Passport includes information for expectant mothers relating to your needs throughout pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born.
- Healthy Families BC – Pregnancy and Parenting — This comprehensive provincial website gives your child the best chance for a healthy life.
- Baby’s Best Chance Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care — Baby's Best Chance is a guide to having a healthy pregnancy and giving your baby a good start in life.
- Health Link BC - Infant and Toddler Health — Visit this site for answers to common parenting questions.
- Healthy Weights for Women — This website gives important information for women about nutrition and weight gain during pregnancy.
- ImmunizeBC — Visit this website to find answers to all of your questions about immunization.
- Penny Simkin — Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labour support since 1968. She has prepared over 11,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth and is the author of many books and articles on birth.
- Child Health BC — Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children's Hospital, is dedicated to ensuring the one million children and youth in BC have access to a consistent and high standard of health care.
- Canadian Paediatric Society — The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth.
- The Healthy Pregnancy Guide – Public Health Agency of Canada — Provides expectant women with accurate information to help them make good decisions about how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs — If you are breastfeeding, many substances that you eat, drink, inhale, or inject end up in your breast milk and may harm your baby.
Did you know that midwifery care is covered by your BC Medical Services Plan? A Registered Midwife (RM) is a highly trained specialist in pregnancy, labour, and the first six weeks of postpartum.