Supports in Pregnancy

+ Babies Best Chance

Online resource from a trusted source to answer all your questions about pregnancy, labour, delivery, and having a new baby.

+ Genetic Screening

Watch this online video to understand if genetic screening is right for you.

+ NRGH Hospital Tour and Registration

  • Hospital pre-registration. After 24 weeks GA we’d recommend you pre-register at the hospital. Visit the admitting department (near Code Brew coffee shop) at the hospital to complete necessary forms.
  • Hospital tour is available at Meet the Doctor nights. You can also call the Maternity unit at 250-755-7630 ext 52021 and request a tour. Both options are only available when the unit is not too busy.
  • NRGH parking and bus information. Cheapest to pay for weekly pass if you know you’ll be staying more than 24 hours.

+ Baby Kick Counts

  • Handout outlining kick counting of your baby.
  • Every day in your third trimester (after 28 weeks) you should be aware of your baby’s activity, and if you feel that baby is moving less than normal, you should do a more formal count of your baby’s movement. If you have any pregnancy complications, your doctor or midwife may ask you to do this more regularly as well.

+ Prenatal Classes

Nanaimo

  • Island Baby Prenatal Education. Pamela Bain. Phone 250-739-3809, Facebook page “Island Baby Prenatal Education”.
  • Mid Island Lactation Consulting. Diane Maille. Website: www.midislandlactationconsulting.com, Phone 250-713-1346, Email: midislandlc@shaw.ca, Facebook page “Mid Island Lactation Consulting”
  • Journey of Birth. Sarah Segal. Website: www.journeyofbirth.ca
  • Tillicum Lelum. Free prenatal class. Welcomes all ethnicities. Phone 250-753-6578.
  • Navigating Pregnancy. Harbour City Doulas. Third Thursday of the month 7-8 pm at the Old City Midwives, 106-360 Selby St. By donation. Also hosted in Ladysmith third Wednesday of the month 7-8 pm at the Ladysmith Resource Centre, 630 2nd Ave.

Parksville

  • Parksville Family Place. Oceanside Public health. Contact 250-947-8242 to register. Parksville residents given preference. Free prenatal class.
  • Navigating Pregnancy. The Nurture Collective. 3rd Tuesday of each month. By donation. Website: www.thenurturecollective.ca

+ Doulas: pregnancy and birth support persons

+ Massage: prenatal and postpartum

  • Solace Centre. Website: solacecentre.ca, Phone 250-754-0887.
  • Kristen Cavey. Facebook “Birth to Blossom Doula and Massage”
  • Wild Coast Wellness. Website: wildcoastwellness.com, Phone 250-591-8448

+ Exercise

  • BeFit Mom. Online resource. Solutions to common pregnancy and postpartum discomforts like low back, round ligament pain, and pubic symphysis discomfort

+ Prenatal Yoga

+ Healthy Eating

  • See Babies Best Chance (pages 36-42)
  • Ways to save time to eat healthy with a newborn:
    • Grocery delivery to your house in Nanaimo (Thrifty foods, Quality foods, Save On Foods)
    • Grocery pick-up in Nanaimo (Superstore)
    • Meal delivery services in Nanaimo (Real Meals Nanaimo)

+ Other

  • Nanaimo Mom’s Swap and Shop: Affordable second hand baby gear, clothing, toys, etc.
  • Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians. Provides advice on car seats, Nanaimo car seat clinics, and car seat checks. Website: vicarseattechs.com, Facebook “Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians”

These resources are provided for informational purposes only. We do not make any endorsements or guarantee with regard to any particular resource or service. Please provide feedback about this resource list to medicalartsmaternity@gmail.com