Community support

In addition to your primary health care provider (doctor or midwife), there are programs to support you in your pregnancy.

Public Health Nurses

If you are young (24 or under), have a low income, or concerns about coping while caring for your new baby, there are services for you. Call 1-855-550-2229 and talk to a public health nurse or complete the self referral form.

Public health nurses can help you:

  • Make healthy choices in pregnancy
  • Learn about feeding & caring for a new baby
  • Find community services that are right for you
  • Pregnant women who contact public health will be screened for risk factors and offered services based on their needs. These services could include:
    • Follow-up by public health nurse for clients with identified concerns
    • Group programs for health education and support (based on local availability)
    • Referrals to other programs and professionals

Community Prenatal Programs

VCH also provides the following community prenatal programs:

  • Healthiest Babies Possible (HBP) (Vancouver and Richmond). HBP provides nutrition and lifestyle counselling to promote a healthy pregnancy. This helps reduce the incidence of low-birth weight babies among high-risk pregnancies. The staff include dietitians, public health nurses and support workers in 14 different languages. Self-referrals are accepted using the referral form.
  • Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program (YPPP) (Vancouver and Richmond) for young moms or dads to be (up to 24 years old). The YPPP program offers friendly pre and postnatal care and education program in a fun, casual environment. Self-referrals are accepted using the referral form.
  • Sheway┬áprogram provides services to pregnant women and women with infants under 18 months with drug or alcohol issues. No referral is needed – program is located at 533 East Hasting Street Vancouver.