After your baby is born

+ Post partum care: what to expect after discharge from hospital

  • Hospital discharge form. Please bring this form with you to your first postpartum visit with your doctor.
  • Family doctor providing maternity care. Make an appointment with your provider for yourself and baby typically within 7 days after discharge from hospital. Sooner if concerns.
  • Some clinics provide these appointments as drop-in weekly Post Partum support groups:
    • Medical Arts Clinic FRIDAYS 9:30 am-10:30 am
    • Lexitor Medical Clinic TUESDAYS 8:30 am -9:30 am
  • Public health (Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Parksville). A public health nurse will meet you and your baby in hospital prior to discharge and connect again upon returning home (by phone or home visit depending on families care needs). FREE SERVICE.
  • Public health nurse available by phone 7 days a week (8:30 am -4:30 pm) if questions or concerns. Call 250-755-3388.
  • See Doula list above. Many Doulas provide postpartum support including daytime, overnight, and sibling care to give you rest or an extra set of hands. PRIVATE PAY.
  • Babies Best Chance: Online resource from a trusted source to answer all your questions about pregnancy, labour, delivery, and having a new baby

+ Breastfeeding

Helpful Breastfeeding Resource

FREE Local Support Groups and Breastfeeding Services

  • One to one support (Nanaimo). Nanaimo Public Health. Drop-in breastfeeding support Monday to Friday 9 am - 12 pm. Scheduled appointments available at your request all week (including weekends) in the afternoons. Location: 1665 Grant Ave & 80 Chapel St (downtown)
  • One to one support (Parksville). Oceanside public health. Call for an appointment (monday through saturday) or Drop-in Thursdays. Call public health nurse at 250-947-8242. Located at Parksville Family Place.
  • Group support (Nanaimo and Parksville). La Leche League Canada. Both Nanaimo and Parksville have support groups meeting on a regular basis. Website Click “find a group/leader”.

Lactation Consultants (private pay)

+ Pelvic Floor Rehab

+ Sleep


  • Caring for Kids. Website Articles “Healthy Sleep for your Baby and Child” and “Safe Sleep for Babies”.
  • Facebook support groups:
    • Respectful Sleep Training
    • Precious Little Sleep

Sleep consultants- Greater Nanaimo

+ Depression and Anxiety Support

  • 24 hour Crisis line. Phone 1-888-494-3888
  • Counselling Services
    • Kate Borsado. Website
    • Pacific Post Partum Support Society. FREE telephone counselling 1-855-255-7999. Website
    • Crisis Counselling Walk-in Clinic FREE Drop-in Counselling M-F 10:00 am - 6:15 pm. 203-2000 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 5W3.
  • Support Groups

+ Nutrition for Mom and Baby

Mom to Mom Nutrition. Provides tips on healthy eating in pregnancy, first foods for baby, and picky toddler strategies. Website Facebook group “Mom to Mom Nutrition”.

+ Playtime

+ Car seats

  • Caring for Kids. “Car Seat Safety”. Canadian Pediatric Society explains when to switch from forward facing, rear facing, booster seat, to seat belts in your children.
  • Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians. Website, Facebook “Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians”. Provide car seat clinics and car seat checks by certified technicians to help support you in installing your car seat properly.

+ Vaccinations

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