Self-care and staying grounded after your baby is born

  If you were caught off-guard by the time and energy it takes to look after your new baby, you’re not alone—the first few weeks can be hard. It’s important to take care of your emotional well-being in the postpartum period. “While having a baby is usually a time of celebration, families and the people around you may forget that … Read More

Breastfeeding:  starting out right

  Breastfeeding is the natural and normal way of feeding infants and young children. Learning about breastfeeding while you are pregnant will help you start out right.  Most  prenatal classes also provide at least a session on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be easy and trouble free for most mothers, with the right support. Keep in mind, however, that breastfeeding is a … Read More

Have a Happy Birth Day! What to expect in labour and child birth

  Your labour will be your own—and you’ll have a unique story to tell. No one can tell you what your experience of labour will be like, or how long it will last, because every woman is different. “Most babies are born simply and easily without any medical interventions. Your body has been carefully designed so that you likely have … Read More

Preparing for a marathon: labour, birth and the week after

  Most articles about preparing for birth focus on the “before” part—the plan for how you are getting to the hospital (partner, friend, taxi), and having a bag of essential items at least four weeks ahead of your due date. Labour is like getting ready for a marathon. If you are able to do some reading or prenatal classes and … Read More

Eating for two: choosing food to nourish yourself and your baby in pregnancy

  A balanced, nutritious diet during pregnancy is important to maintain your health and nourish your baby. Follow Canada’s Food Guide and focus on eating vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Limit sugary and high-fat foods. Fine-tune your diet – even if you already eat well Almost all pregnant women need to get more protein, … Read More

Beyond the blues: Mental health in pregnancy and after the baby is born

Getting pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth, and the caring for an infant in their first year of life—it is an emotional time for women and their families. The changes in a woman’s body that come with pregnancy can also change her mood and emotions in ways that may not be expected or welcome for some women. Your expectations, and expectations … Read More

Build confidence in pregnancy with prenatal classes

Over the course of your pregnancy, you may have 15 or more visits with a family doctor. It can be a challenge to fit all your questions about pregnancy, labour, and childbirth—not to mention caring for a newborn—into those visits! If you are still looking for a family doctor for maternity care, you can find one at Not every … Read More

Fitness for two: exercise and pregnancy

Fitness for Two: Exercise & Pregnancy

Exercise can help you be healthy and feel better during your pregnancy. Some of the benefits of regular exercise include: Improving your posture and reducing back pain Decreasing leg cramps Reducing constipation Helping you to feel more energetic Improving your overall mood Keeping your weight gain healthy Research tells us that moderate exercise is safe in a normal healthy pregnancy, … Read More

Speaking your language: multicultural maternity care in Vancouver

If you were born and raised in Vancouver, the relatively easy access to family doctors that we enjoy here may be something that you take for granted—but we are, in fact, very privileged to have so many high quality options for care at our fingertips. If you have arrived in Vancouver from another part of the world, and you are … Read More

Your first pregnancy visit with your family doctor

Your first pregnancy visit with your family doctor

Schedule an appointment with your family doctor as soon as you think you might be pregnant or have a positive home pregnancy test. If you do not have a family doctor, you can look for one at If your family doctor doesn’t provide maternity care, they can refer you to a family doctor who specializes in maternity care, a … Read More

Family doctor, midwife, or obstetrician – how do you choose?

Doctor, Midwife or OB - how do you choose?

This may be one of the most frequently, and passionately, discussed topics in pregnancy forums and pregnancy-related social media—fortunately most people agree there are several right answers. Let’s look at the differences and similarities between the various care providers you may consider for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Styles of Care No matter what type of provider you choose, … Read More

How to choose the right family doctor for your pregnancy

How to Choose the RIght Maternity Care Doctor for Your Pregnancy

Congratulations – you’re pregnant! Many women are both excited and nervous to start. But maybe your next thought was: “How am I going to find the right doctor to care for me?” The Vancouver Division of Family Practice shares a list of family doctors who are accepting patients for maternity care at This web site is a great place … Read More