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Pregnancy

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



Celebrating the Circle of Life: Coming Back to Balance and Harmony is a guide to emotional health in pregnancy and early motherhood for Aboriginal women and their families.
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Healthy Families BC includes many articles and tips on pregnancy.

Baby's Best Chance: Parents' Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care is designed to help support you during your pregnancy and birth and provides information on giving your baby the best start in life.
Pregnancy Passport
The Pregnancy Passport Handout supports you in having a healthy pregnancy, tracking your progress, and preparing for your baby. 

The Pregnancy Passport includes:


  • information for you to think about and discuss with your care provider relating to your needs throughout your pregnancy, birth, and after your baby is born;
  • information about the care you can expect during pregnancy, birth, and the first weeks after your baby's birth; 
  • a place to record check-ups and tests; 
  • places to write down goals, questions, ideas, decisions, and hope and dreams for her baby; and 
  • a list of resources for more information.
Ask your doctor, midwife, or local health unit for a Pregnancy Passport.


The Pregnancy Passport is published by Perinatal Services BC in partnership with the Ministry of Health and health authorities. The Pregnancy Passport is a companion to Baby's Best Chance.

Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport

Our Sacred Journey: Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport can help take you and your family through your sacred journey of pregnancy, birth, and baby’s first few weeks. The passport provides an expectant mother with health information, resources, traditional teachings, growth charts, checklists, and a place to write down goals, thoughts, ideas, and dreams for your baby.

Ask your doctor, midwife, care provider, or health unit for an Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport.

The Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport was developed by Perinatal Services BC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and First Nations Health Authority. 


A special thank you goes out to the First Nations and Aboriginal Elders, community members, and professionals who helped develop this resource; members of the Provincial Advisory Committee; expert reviewers from around the province; and the Population and Public Health Program at the Provincial Health Services Authority. Please see the full list of acknowledgements.

 

Please visit the Prenatal Genetic Screening Program section in Our Services. 

 

As part of routine prenatal care, women are offered many different screens and tests during their pregnancy in order to promote optimal health for both the mother and the baby. Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI) such as syphilis is routine in the first trimester of pregnancy, or at your first prenatal visit if you present later.  New recommendations in BC (and other Canadian provinces) is to continue to screen for syphilis early but to also screen again at delivery. Screening a 2nd time at delivery is now being recommended for all women delivering in BC because of the risk of congenital syphilis.  Congenital syphilis can occur when the woman who has untreated syphilis transmits the infection to the baby, either during pregnancy or during delivery.   The new BC recommendations are to try to prevent that from happening.  You can read more information here and talk to your health care provider who is supporting you with your pregnancy. 


 

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