general resources

Having A Baby

Respect, Choice, Suppoty – Providing families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.

College of Midwives of BC

The College sets standards of professional practice for registered midwives and works to ensure midwives meet those standards to deliver safe, ethical and effective care.

Midwives Association of BC

The MABC educates the public about midwifery care while supporting the growing number of midwives across British Columbia, Canada.

Birth Place Lab

The Birth Place Lab, in the Division of Midwifery at the University of British Columbia facilitates multi-disciplinary research, community-based participatory research, and knowledge translation around access to high quality maternity health care across birth settings.


MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Optimal Birth BC

Optimal Birth BC is a team of clinical practitioners and researchers who work with health authorities in BC to critically review rates of cesarean birth and associated patient and practice-related factors.

Having a Baby – Interior Health

Thinking about having a baby? Are you pregnant? Planning to welcome a new baby into your home? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you are in the right spot! Interior Health answers some of your questions.


Baby’s Best Chance

If you are about to become a parent, or just had a baby, this handbook is for you. Baby’s Best Chance is a reference guide for parents. Topics covered include pregnancy, birth and parenting a baby up to six months of age.

Smart Mom

SmartMom is a free text messaging program that sends you information timed to your stage of pregnancy to help you achieve healthy pregnancy and birth.

Childbirth Connection

With so much information out there on pregnancy and childbirth, it’s hard to know what to trust. But it’s important to become informed, because the care you receive during this time can have a big impact on your health, your baby’s health and your overall satisfaction.

Choosing a Care Provider

It all starts with choosing where, and with whom you will give birth. This comparison will help you make a choice that fits your needs.

Perinatal Services BC

This section provides expectant parents and families with information about care during pregnancy.

Genetic Screening Information

Prenatal genetic screening can tell a pregnant woman her chance of having a baby with Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or an open neural tube defect. It is offered free of charge as a choice to all pregnant women with MSP coverage in BC.

Spinning Babies

Easier birth with fetal positioning.  Use this site and videos to improve fetal position (breech, transverse, posterior) and birth. Reduce the chance of cesarean.


Kelowna Doula Association

The Kelowna Doula Association is a non profit society dedicated to connecting pregnant women and their support persons with the right doula to enhance their birth and postpartum experiences.

All Birth – Kathleen Baker

Welcome to all things birth in Kelowna.  
If you are looking for a birth doula, you’ve come to the right place.

Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 15,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author of several books for both parents and professionals. She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).

breastfeeding & postpartum

International Breastfeeding Centre

Dr. Jack Newman is the founder and first pediatrician of the International Breastfeeding Centre. He has been helping breastfeeding mothers and babies for over 38 years. He is an author of the definitive book on breastfeeding called Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents.

Health Families BC

Find information on pregnancy, your child’s development, and healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

Pacific Postpartum Support Society

An estimated 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men experiences troubling depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child. This is referred to as postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A) and can be a tremendously stressful time for the family. PPD/A is often characterized by despondency, emotional instability, anger, guilt, tearfulness, worrying, anxious thoughts or images, feelings of inadequacy and the inability to cope. It may occur shortly after the arrival of a new baby or many months later. For some, symptoms may begin in pregnancy. If you are experiencing any symptoms, and your youngest child is younger than three years old, please call. You are not alone. We are here to help.

Safe Beginnings First Aid

Safe Beginnings First Aid is the leading provider of infant and toddler-focused safety courses in Canada.