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BC and On-Line Resources
ICAN of North Okanagan: International Cesarean Awareness Network
Phone: 250 545 4372
ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
Optimal Birth BC is a team of clinical practitioners and researchers who work with health authorities in BC to critically review rates of cesarean birth and associated patient and practice-related factors. We work with policy planners and care providers to optimize the rate of cesarean birth. We do this by synthesizing best evidence to inform practice, providing tools for change, and informing the public about options.? Normal vaginal birth is the safest and best option for both moms and babies in BC.
BC Prenatal Screening
Phone: 604-877-2121 ext 223772 | Fax: 604-872-1987
Address: West Tower, 3rd Floor, 555 West 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X7
Prenatal screening is available for all pregnant women in BC, but the decision whether to have screening is a woman’s choice. This screening is a part of the overall prenatal care offered free of charge to all pregnant women in the province. The BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority’s Perinatal Services BC.
Spinning Babies Website is a project of Gail Tully, a home birth midwife in Minnesota, USA. She is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), credentialed by North American Registry of Midwives. From observations and study, Gail adds her contribution to the topic of Optimal Foetal Positioning (Fetal Positioning in the US). Read more about the background of Spinning Babies and where the techniques came from by clicking Read About…
NBCI is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals including: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Physicians, Nurses, La Leche League, Doulas, and visiting Naturopaths. As our Clinic is part of a teaching facility, observers from all over the world visit us daily, as do medical, naturopathic, nursing, and midwifery students. NBCI offers support and treatment for mothers experiencing breastfeeding challenges and presents prenatal breastfeeding classes for expectant families.
INFACT Canada: Protecting, Promiting & Supporting Breastfeeding
Address: 6 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
INFACT Canada is a national non-governmental organization that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices. Your support enables us to work for improved breastfeeding policies in Canada and on the world stage through our participation in international policy setting meetings such as the World Health Assembly and the Codex Alimentarius. We also partner with our sister organizations through the IBFAN network to promote breastfeeding in less affluent countries. As a member of this network, we were awarded the 1998 Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Peace Prize.)
Kelly Mom: Breastfeeding and Parenting
Address: 2031 4th St N #9 St Petersburg FL 33704
This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. I am the mother of three lovely children, and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I hope that my articles are helpful and encouraging.
Canadian Paediatric Society Information on Circumcision
After reviewing the scientific evidence for and against circumcision, the CPS does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn boys. Many paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions.
Sexuality & U
Address: 780 Echo Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Address: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Phone: (800) 561-2416
The most current information on sexual and reproductive health — a quick reference for what you need to know.
Jodi has been a Doula since 1999, supporting hundreds of families through pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum. She has worked closely with Mighty Oak Midwifery since it opened here in Kamloops as a Doula, home birth attendant and office manager.
Nuture Mama Doula Services – Catherine Taylor
Having a trained and experienced doula by your side can be very reassuring. Studies have shown that women who hire doulas have less need for pain medication, shorter labours and lower rates of interventions such as forcep deliveries and caesarean sections. We offer on-call support throughout your entire prenatal, birth and early postpartum experience. Be assured that you can ask us anything, at any time of the day. This is one of the most wonderful advantages of having a doula!
Providing Chiropractic Care, Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Therapy, and Registered Massage Therapy for Prenatal and Postnatal Care. We also provide Pediatric Chiropractic Care including newborn/infant treatments.
We also offer personalized exercise and stretching programs for prenatal and postnatal rehab AND fitness!
Chiropractic Care can help with the following issues relating to pregnancy: Low back pain or hip pain, mid back pain, headaches, and general stiffness.
Chiropractic Care may also help with the following newborn/infant issues: Birth trauma, torticollis, colic, and trouble feeding.
Karuna’s Wellness Studio
Address: 405 Railway Ave, Ashcroft, BC, Canada
Phone: 778 207 4108
Karuna is an AAH Certified Hypnotherapist specializing in Birth trauma, (cesarean, miscarriage, still birth, etc) anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation and a host of other concerns.Whether you are looking for support in having the most joyful birth possible or are needing some support with concerns in your own birth or the birth of your children, Hypnotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) will assist you in your gentle birthing goals. By clearing out any emotional and energetic blockages, Hypnotherapy and EFT serve to wipe the slate clean so that you are able to focus 100% on THIS birth.
Karuna has studied midwifery since 1999 and served as a DONA certified Doula in that time. Her own personal birthing history covers the spectrum of C/S to gentle home birth, surrounded only by friends and family who trusted in her and baby.
Let Karuna assist you in achieving the birth YOU want..
All In One cloth diaper. With an exclusive side ventilation system, it combines an outer waterproof cover with an inner absorbent cotton material. Plastic snaps make cloth diapering easy and it fits a baby’s bottom snugly.
Spooner Sisters Designs
We sew hand-made products for mom and baby. We use designer cotton and create things such as large nursing covers with built in pockets, car seat canopies, burp cloths, crocheted hats, diaper clutches, change totes, luxurious baby minky blankets, custom onesies and so much more!
Address: Total Health Clinic, 735 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Phone: (250) 374-9700
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
- Pre and Post-Natal Health
- Childhood Nutrition
- Immunization/Vaccination Questions
- Alternative treatments for common childhood ailments
You are going to have a baby. Congratulations! Use this section of the website to help you understand pregnancy, including what to expect in each trimester, steps you can take to support your health, and how to prepare for your baby’s arrival.
While the majority of women in the United States give birth in the hospital setting, some families prefer to plan a home birth or birth in an out-of-hospital birth center. In the context of midwifery care, women are encouraged and supported to make informed choices regarding the type of maternity care experience that will best meet their individual needs, including location for the birth experience.
To compare perinatal outcomes, maternal outcomes, and interventions in labour by planned place of birth at the start of care in labour for women with low risk pregnancies.
To evaluate the safety of home births in North America involving direct entry midwives, in jurisdictions where the practice is not well integrated into the healthcare system.
The Canadian Association of Midwives believes that women have the right to make an informed choice regarding their place of birth. Home birth should be an available option for all childbearing women in Canada.
Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.
College of Midwives BC, statement on home birth
The CMBC supports a woman’s right to choose to give birth in her own home with her family. The World Health Organisation describes health as multi-dimensional. Decisions about health are based on many factors including physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural considerations. Women must be free to make decisions regarding birth based on all of these factors. Birth is more than a physical or medical event.
The purpose of this statement is to affirm the College’s support for midwives providing care to women choosing a home birth.
The College supports a woman’s right to personal autonomy and decision making in obstetrical care. When a woman is considering planned home birth, physicians play an important role in providing advice and information so that it is an informed choice, considering all the benefits and potential adverse outcomes.
This bibliography is offered as a resource for clinicians and others (researchers, educators and policy makers) who must, within their own context for work, assess the quality of the available evidence on planned home birth, for the purpose of clinical decision making or to contextu- alize the current international debate on safety, access, ethics, autonomy, and resource allocation with respect to birth place.
Midwives in Ontario, Canada, provide care to low-risk women in a model of continuity or case-based care whereby a woman is attended by the same small group of midwives throughout pregnancy, birth, and the post- partum period. Women who meet selective criteria have the choice of a hospital birth or a planned home birth.
The choice to give birth at home with a regulated midwife in atten- dance became available to expectant women in British Columbia in 1998. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety of home birth by comparing perinatal outcomes for planned home births attended by regulated midwives with those for planned hospital births.
Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or
Address: 1867 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5W8
Phone: 866-971-9171 x2295
Canadian Medical Association Journal -CMAJ showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health for people in Canada and globally. It publishes original clinical research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and thought-provoking editorials. CMAJ.ca, a full-text website, allows people to use the latest health information. CMAJ has an impact factor of 7.3 and its website receives over 30 million requests a year.
Canadian Paediatric Society
Our website is designed to provide you with more information about risks and potential side-effects of vaccines, to get support if you or someone you know may have suffered adverse reactions from vaccines, and to foster a mufti-disciplinary approach to child and family health.
Immunize BC is a collaborative project of the Ministry of Health, BC Centre for Disease Control (an agency of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority), regional health authorities, First Nations and Inuit Health and HealthLink BC. Our mission is to improve the health of British Colombians by continuing to reduce the number of infections by vaccine-preventable diseases, along with the illness, disability and death that they cause.
Address: Kamloops, BC
Access Kamloops is a free, regularly updated directory connecting residents of Kamloops with a wide variety of not-for-profit resources.
Alive and Well Massage Therapy Clinic
Address: 790 Seymour St, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Alive and Well Massage Therapy Clinic Massage Therapists are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC, recognized as health professionals under the Canada Health Act. Many extended medical plans will cover the cost of some or all of the massage therapy session for mom or baby. BC MSP can cover $23 for up to 10 treatments per year for those in low income households; we are happy to help determine qualification for this benefit. The office is equipped with a bodyCushion designed specifically to accommodate pregnant women, adequately supporting the stomach so that back massage can be performed comfortably and safely.
To book your prenatal, post-natal or infant massage appointment with one of our RMTs, please call us at 250-374-6325and see our website for more information.
Address: Kamloops, BC, Canada
Phone: 250 – 819 – 0268
Face-to-face and “E-Counselling” services for individuals and couples regarding grief & loss, peri-natal depression, marriage and family counselling, divorce and separation, addictions, and other services.
The concept of “Dragonfly” as a therapeutic philosophy, is derived from a story of a dragonfly nymph who lives life in the mud, content with what is, afraid to “climb the stalk” and become the beautiful, free-flying creature, he/she is intended to be. I chose this symbol because I believe that life is about transition.
Address: 396 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, V2B 3G7
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Judy Treherne – Early Identification Coordinator, Make Children First
Make Children First (MCF) is a community coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that it takes the whole community to raise a child. The Make Children First coalition strives to make Kamloops the best possible place to raise young children by following their mission: “To enhance the ability of our community to support the healthy development of children and their families.”
Wild Roots provides reproductive health services, including fertility awareness methods (FAM), acupuncture for IVF/ICSIcycles and acupuncture in pregnancy.
Local & Earth Friendly Baby Products
Baby Buddha, the stretchy bamboo carrier.available in bamboo colours: Java Brown, Cocoa Brown, Raisin Brown, Forrest Green, Moss Green, Plum, Stormy Grey , Midnight Black
Lizzie Bits Baby Company, Kamloops
Lizzie Bits Baby Co. was inspired to create a fantastic convenient on-line place to shop for your children, your children’s children, and other important children in your life! We feature a unique selection of hard to find, quality items from around the planet, maintaining our focus on one of the most important aspects of being a baby: diapering!
Ladybugz, Slings ‘n’ Things
Baby products including ring slings and suspenders. Specializing in sustainable fabrics such as bamboo and linen. Custom orders welcome!
Midwifery Supplies Canada
Telephone 1 (866) 843-4909 (please note, we are in Vancouver, BC – PST time zone).
Midwifery Supplies Canada (a division of Canadian Birth Products Inc) is owned by Jill Colpitts. Jill is a CPR/first aid instructor, doula, and general birth enthusiast.
All In One cloth diaper. With an exclusive side ventilation system, it combines an outer waterproof cover with an inner absorbent cotton material. Plastic snaps make cloth diapering easy and it fits a baby’s bottom snugly
Ovio Organic Skin Care Products, Kamloops
Pure Products for Your Skin.
Nutrition and Exercise
Canadian Nutrition Society | Société canadienne de nutrition
Address: 310-2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2J 1W8
Tel: 416-491-7188 | Toll-free: 1-888-414-7188 | Fax: 416-491-1670
Since January 2010, we are the leading society integrating disciplines and professions interested in nutrition in Canada.
As the SOGC strives to advance culturally-safe health and healing for Aboriginal women, it welcomes the Government of Canada’s official endorsement of this important UN Declaration. This document sets out a number of principles to guide harmonious and cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and States — such as equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. In Canada, this show of support is a significant step forward in strengthening relations with Aboriginal peoples.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends that Canadians consume at least 150 grams (5 ounces) of cooked fish each week as part of a healthy pattern of eating. Experts around the world agree with this recommendation (WHO/FAO, 2003; US 2005 Dietary Advisory Committee, 2005; UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, 2005; European Food Safety Authority, 2005). Yet, many women may avoid eating fish altogether because of concerns about the safety of fish intake during the pregnancy.
Health Canada Guidelines for Nutrition in Pregnancy
A woman’s nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby. Eating well, combined with taking a daily multivitamin, can give a woman the nutrients she needs to feel good, have energy, and support a healthy pregnancy
Health Canada Guidelines on Fish Consumption in Pregnancy
Women who eat fish while pregnant give their growing fetus important nutrients. Fish is a unique choice among the Meat and Alternatives food group because of its fat profile; compared to other choices, fish is generally lower in saturated fats and higher in the long chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish also contains high quality protein and other essential nutrients: vitamins (such as vitamin D and choline) and minerals (such as selenium, iodine, iron, zinc and copper). (See table 1.)
A woman’s nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby.Eating well, combined with taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid and iron, can give a woman the nutrients she needs to feel good, have energy, and support a healthy pregnancy.
Toll Free 1-888-649-8025
Address: Raw Nutrition, 250 Belmont Road, Otter Lake J0X 2P0 Canada
The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition related publications and answer member or media questions about the vegetarian diet. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, contributions, and book sales.
The Toronto Vegetarian Association is Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg. We provide vital information through healthy eating workshops, our walk-in resource centre, our vegetarian business directory, and North America’s largest Annual Vegetarian Food Fair.
Photography: Family & Pregnancy Photography
A Kamloops based photographer specializing in newborn, pregnancy, children and family photography. Vintage inspired images.
Life Unfolding Photography
Address: Kamloops, BC
Offering a variety of photography services, including experienced professional homebirth photography with the Mighty Oak Midwives!
Captured Memories Photography
Address: 2263 Park Drive, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Photography specializing in creating beautiful and timeless pregnancy, newborns, babies, children and families.
Prenatal Education & Childbirth Preparation
Birth Matters Prenatal Education
Phone: (250) 372-3733
Our Prenatal Class is the most comprehensive series of prenatal & post-partum classes offered in Kamloops. Classes are taught by a facilitator with over 18 years experience in labour, birth and post-partum. Our classes are for everyone; whether you plan to birth at home or the hospital.Prenatal classes will include; group discussions, videos, demonstrations, and plenty of time to practice supporting techniques. And the PlumTree Baby curriculum binder.
We offer interactive, individualized Prenatal Education focusing on coping in late pregnancy, labour and delivery, breastfeeding and newborn care. Classes are facilitated by a registered nurse.