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This website has research and information on medications, herbs and recreational drugs and how they affect pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Information on Access Midwifery, as well as an awesome resource page for online and victoria based resources
This handbook offers up-to-date information on pregnancy, prenatal care, labour and birth, baby care and breastfeeding. It is free to all pregnant parents in BC- ask your midwife or doctor for a coupon and where to go to pick up a copy.
Offers a variety of programs including parenting programs, and child development services.
Belmont Young Parents Program- Belmont Secondary School
Prenatal education and parenting support while you finish your education, as well as on-site Infant/Toddler Centre provided after baby is born while you continue your education. Location: 3067 Jacklin Road.
Free Program for women and adolescent moms on low income focusing on improving health and wellbeing during pregnancy. Nutrition and lifestyle counselling, prenatal classse, clothing exchange, support and food vouchers all available.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House (250) 385-2635
Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (250) 385-8979
Victoria Native Friendship Centre (250) 384-3211.
Through various Public Health Units, the Vancouver Island Health Authority runs multiple breastfeeding clinics with access to Public health nurses trained as lactation consultants, as well as telephone support services with nurses with specialized training in breastfeeding. For more information:
Esquimalt (250) 360-5600
Outer Gulf Islands (250) 539-3099
Peninsula (250) 544-2400
Saanich (250) 519-5100
Salt Spring Island (250) 538-4880
Sooke (250) 642-5464
Victoria (250) 388-2200
West Shore (250) 478-1757
(250) 480-3050 (pager, leave a message and specify which program)
Lifeskills, support, and counselling for pregnant women ages 16-21 through independent living programs until baby is approx 6 months. Peer support, life skills, and parenting workshops also available.
Counselling, education and support available to youth considering adoption, or who have already had a child adopted. Location: #100-850 Blanshard St.
Support for children and adults with development dissabilities and their families. Parents helping parents program, respite care, support groups, and lending library all available. Location: 830C Pembroke.
Outreach, housing and childcare.
Sometimes available through reduced rates/sliding scale, many doulas also have training as breastfeeding educators.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers many services and programs including Best Babies, free counselling, parenting programs and support, play groups, a bread closet and more!
First Reach (YMCA)
First Reach provides outreach support to young pregnant women who are facing conditions of risk.
Prental education and parenting support while you finish your education. On-site Infant/Toddler Centre is also availble to help you finish your education after the baby is born. Location: 3020 Richmond
Offers free prenatal and parenting classes to immigrants. Location: 930 Balmoral
An independent childbirth education company with access to a free library (including video and birth information kits). Resources available for loans up to two weeks.
Website directory of different programs available on Vancouver Island, monthly articles on parenting, parent education book recommendations and much more!
Information on breastfeeding, including breastfeeding toddlers, safety of various herbs and medications and starting solids.
This website features an events calendar, classified ads for family related stuff like daycare and jolly jumpers, a community section for chatting and a marketplace for businesses to promote their family oriented services.
Offers up-to-date breastfeeding information and support through experienced breastfeeding mothers. For more information on monthly meetings in the Greater Victoria area, check out the website or call (250) 727-4384.
Website offers information on breastfeeding basics including (but not limited to) daily log information, positioning, pumping and storing, as well as weaning.
Parent support circles available.
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health
Prenatal courses, and other parenting courses available. Also offered: program for parents of premature babies, postpartum depression program, adoption support services, etc. Location: 2400 Arbutus
The Single Parent Resource Centre offers free counselling, parenting classes, a free store and mentoring opportunities.
TEAM (Teen Education and Motherhood)- Stelly's High School
Program offers parenting skills, and in-school daycare to teen moms wanting to complete their high school education.
The Mothering Touch offers trained breastfeeding educators with services available at the Centre, home visits. or by telephone (not free). Other services include family financial planning (free), pre-and post-natal yoga, cloth diapering workshops, and much more. Further community resources as well as full information of workshops and groups available on the Mothering Touch website.
Vancouver Island Health Authority Prenatal Education
Individual and group prenatal education and support through home, school, health units and other community locations. Available through:
Esquimalt- (250) 360-5600
Saanich- (250) 744-5100
Victoria- (250) 388-2230
Westshore- (250) 478-1757
Penninsula- (250) 544-2400
Sooke- (250) 642-5464
Website offers information on mom's health, immunization, parentiing, breastfeeding and nutrition, and much more.
Vancouver Island Multiple Birth Association
Peer support group for parents who are expecting, or have had multiple birth children. Support, resources, bi-weekly playgroups, events and outings all availble. Location: 4060 Ebony Pl.
VictoriaMom.ca brings you news from your city as well as information from local practitioners, instructors, business owners and other moms.
Website offers information on community events, parenting information and highlighted articles, and other resources for parents.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding- La Leche League
Breastfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You- Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fischer and Suzanne Arms.
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers- Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
The Nursing Mother's Companion- Kathleen Huggins