In British Columbia, new parents can take up to 12 months of maternity leave. If both parents take leave, they can split it for up to 18 months, with the same benefits. Maternity care provided by a Family Doctor or Midwife is covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), the public health insurance plan for residents who have lived in BC for at least six months. An active BC Medical Services card is required to receive MSP coverage during pregnancy and postpartum. If you want to learn more about MSP coverage or maternity and parental leave in British Columbia, we have collected some helpful resources to explore. Remember to connect with your maternity provider to ensure you have all the necessary information to stay on track!
It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 and pregnancy. Did you know that COVID vaccines are considered safe and effective for pregnant individuals? Our website has a comprehensive list of resources to help you navigate these decisions and discussions, including information on vaccine safety, prenatal care, and more. Be sure you’re equipped with reliable information to help protect you, your baby and your loved ones. While there’s a lot of information out there, check out our trusted resources.
If you’re considering pregnancy, you likely have questions and concerns about what to expect. If you don’t just yet, begin your exploration here. Our Early Pregnancy section has a comprehensive list of Common Questions and Concerns to help address some of your curiosities. For example, discomforts like nausea are common experiences during early pregnancy, but our resources can help you know what to expect and how to manage these symptoms to feel more at ease.
It’s also important to think about your mental health, particularly throughout a pregnancy journey. For example, if you have an existing mental health condition or are worried about your mental health during pregnancy, the Reproductive Mental Health Programs at BC Women’s Hospital or St. Paul’s Hospital can provide valuable support. The programs require referrals, but it’s worth being aware of the supports that may be available to you. This is a key topic to check in with your maternity provider about so that you know you’ve got resources and any needed expertise to support you on your journey, even if there are bumps along the way!