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
Helpful Breastfeeding Resource
- Kelly Mom. Article “Breast feeding your newborn- What to expect in the early weeks”. Website kellymom.com
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 lllc.ca. Click “find a group/leader”.
Lactation Consultants (private pay)
- Mid Island Lactation Consulting. Diane Maille. Website www.midislandlactationconsulting.com, Phone 250-713-1346, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page “Mid Island Lactation Consulting”
- Blissful Beginnings. Dorian Gordon. Website www.nanaimolactationconsultant.com/why-an-ibclc , Cell 250-740-0862.
- Journey of Birth. Sarah Segal. Website www.journeyofbirth.ca.
+ Pelvic Floor Rehab
- Kegel exercises for pelvic floor weakness after childbirth.
- Pelvic floor physiotherapists (Nanaimo):
- Pelvic floor physiotherapists (Comox):
- Comox Physiotherapy Clinic. Website https://www.comoxphysio.com
- Caring for Kids. Website www.caringforkids.cps.ca 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
- Maternity and Child Sleep Consulting. Jennifer Smith. Website www.resteddevelopment.com, Phone 250-937-0996
- West Coast Sleep Consulting. Website www.westcoastsleepconsulting.com, Facebook “West Coast Sleep”
- Sleep Well Baby. Jessica Raymond. Website www.sleepwellbaby.ca, Facebook “Jessica Raymond SleepWell Baby Child Sleep Consultant”
+ Depression and Anxiety Support
- 24 hour Crisis line. Phone 1-888-494-3888
- Counselling Services
- Support Groups
- Motherhood Wellness Circle. Counsellor Veronica Harris. Mondays 7 pm. Website http://www.oldcitymidwives.ca/Education.php
- Adjustment Group. FREE through public health. Referral through maternity provider or GP.
+ 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 momtomomnutrition.com/nutrition/. Facebook group “Mom to Mom Nutrition”.
- Caring for Kids. Article “Playtime with your baby: Learning and Growing in the First Year”.
- MamaOT. Website mamaot.com/developmental-milestones/ Tips and tricks to promoting tummy time, rolling, and crawling.
+ 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. www.caringforkids.cps.ca
- Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians. Website vicarseattechs.com, 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.
- Preventing painful pokes: Watch this video to learn more.
- Read about what Canadian pediatricians recommend for vaccinations in your baby. Article: Vaccination and your child.
- Choosing not to vaccinate? Read article: When parents choose not to vaccinate: risks and responsibilities.
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