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Pregnancy & Prenatal

Parenting & Childcare

Child Development

Child & Youth Health

Key Organizations

BC Organizations for Children and Youth

First Nations Organizations for Children

 

Resources from The "ABC for Families" book:

KIDCARECANADA Society
www.kidcarecanada.org
Trustworthy videos and other resources for new parents and professionals that explain the importance of early nurture and show how to support social and emotional development in infants and toddlers. Many available in 11 languages.

HEALTHY FAMILIES BC websites:
www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/parenting BC Ministry of Health online platform for healthy living supports, tools and resources parents need for every age and stage of their child’s development.

 

Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care
www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/hfbc/ les/babys-best-chance/index.html#154
This easy-to-read handbook gives parents trustworthy information based on best practices and evidence, to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

 

Child Health Passport
www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/about-us/additional-resources#CHP
BC Ministry of Health publications that support health professionals and families to raise healthy children.

 

Toddler’s First Steps
www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2015/toddlers- rst-steps-2015.pdf Supports toddlers’ optimal growth and development, aged 6–36 months.

 

Aboriginal Infant Development Program
www.aidp.bc.ca
Supports early identi cation of needs and early intervention for Indigenous children and families at risk.

 

Aboriginal Supported Child Development BC
www.ascdp.bc.ca
Recognizes the importance of cultural safety and early intervention. Supports the inclusion of Indigenous children with special needs in child-care and community settings.

 

Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC
www.anhbc.org
Provides programs and services for all ages, nationalities and abilities in a welcoming atmosphere.

 

Anxiety BC
www.anxietybc.com
A non-pro t organization that promotes awareness of anxiety disorders and supports access to evidence-based resources and treatment.

 

BC Association of Family Resource Programs
www.frpbc.ca
A not-for-pro t provincial organization. Promotes community-based Family Resource Programs (FRPs) where families access support and community resources.

 

BC Council for Families
www.bccf.ca
Celebrating the family’s uniqueness. Dedicated to education programs and resources that help families grow stronger and even more resilient.

 

BC Mental Health Support Line
310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) It’s free and available 24 hours a day.

 

Best Start: Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain
www.healthybabyhealthybrain.ca/index.htm
Government of Ontario resource supporting service providers who implement health promotion programs for expectant and new parents, newborns and young children.

 

Canadian Pediatric Society
www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/your_childs_development
Information for parents from Canada’s paediatricians on the topic of what to expect as your child develops.

 

Canadian Red Cross
http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certi cation/course-descriptions/ rst-aid- at-home-courses/emergency-child-care- rst-aid---cpr
Describes the elements of emergency child care and  rst aid and lets you  nd courses available in your location.

 

Centre for Child Honouring
http://www.childhonouring.org/
Founded by Raffi, Child Honouring is a children- first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems.

 

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
www.child-encyclopedia.com
Up-to-date scientific knowledge on early childhood development, from conception to age 5.

 

HealthLink BC
www.healthlinkbc.ca
Medically-approved information on over 5000 health topics, symptoms, medical tests, medications, and tips for healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
Non-emergency health information and services 24/7:Dial 8-1-1
For people who have a hearing barrier: Call 7-1-1 (TTY) Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request.

 

Heart-Mind Online
www.heartmindonline.org
Shares current research, scienti c knowledge and best practices related to social and emotional development.

 

Here To Help
www.heretohelp.bc.ca/workbook/coping-with-depression-in-pregnancy-and- following-the-birth
A resource for women wanting to learn self-help skills to prevent and manage depression during pregnancy and after birth. Provides trustworthy mental health and substance abuse information.

 

Immunize BC
www.immunizebc.ca
BC Ministry of Health, the Centre for Disease Control and regional health authorities collaboration designed to improve the health of British Columbians.

 

La Leche League Canada
www.lllc.ca/
Provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.

 

Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs
www.nationalpcmgp.ca/programs/listing/#BC
Provide a group experience for parents and their babies and young children. Focused on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories.

 

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
www.postpartum.org
Free or low-cost programs for mothers experiencing dif culty with adjustment. Toll free telephone support available.
Lower Mainland: 604.255.7999
Outside the Lower Mainland: 1.855.255.7999

 

Perinatal Services BC
http://www.perinatalservicesbc.ca/
Provides leadership, support, an

Supported Child Development BC
www.bc-cfa.org/programs-services/supported-child-development/ supported-child-development
Provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families. Facilitates and builds competencies and fosters inclusion in all aspects of life.

 

VictimLinkBC
www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/ victimlinkbc
A toll-free, con dential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides infor- mation and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

 

VROOM
www.joinvroom.org/?gclid=COLA8L7nv9ICFUJrfgodsr0LwQ
Using friendly and easy-to-understand language, and based on current research in neuroscience,VROOM shows parents and caregivers how they can make any of the moments they already share with their child brain-building moments.

 

Your Baby’s Development: Age-Based Tips From Birth to 36 Months
www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/your-child-s-development-age-based- tips-from-birth-to-36-months#birth-to-12-months
Age-based handouts including “what to expect” charts for each age range.

Your Local Public Health Unit
www.immunizebc.ca/finder
This site helps families  nd the health unit closest to them.

 

Zero to Three: Early Connections Last a Lifetime (Parent Resources)
www.zerotothree.org/early-development/ages-and-stages Resource List to help you learn about the skills and behaviours you can expect from your baby from birth to age 3.
 


Early Intervention
If you have engaged in the nurturing behaviours described in this ABC, and after several months your baby is still not responding as you would expect, request a referral to an early intervention program from your health provider.There are excellent programs for you and your baby and early intervention changes lives!


Trauma
If you have experienced trauma, some parts of parenting may be even
more challenging for you.Trauma can interfere with your ability to be emotionally present for many reasons. It can:
- lead to problems in regulating your own emotions, so you may struggle with sometimes feeling too numb and other times feeling
too overheated with emotions
- cause unhelpful beliefs about your ability to cope, and your safety
in the world, especially in connecting to others
- create excessive feelings of guilt or shame that may take away from giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs and ask for help
If you notice that the effects of trauma are causing dif culties for you
and your baby, speak to a health professional you trust.
–Dr. Joanna Cheek, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Clinical Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine

 


 


And Finally

Dangers of Addiction and Pregnancy:

We typically promote Canadian resources, especially those from the British Columbia Ministry of Health, but families and health providers concerned about addictions during pregnancy may find some helpful information at this Desert Hope webpage: http://deserthopetreatment.com/drug-abuse/pregnancy/

 

 
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
We thank the Victoria Foundation for their support
Vancouver FoundationWe acknowledge the financial support of the Vancouver Foundation

The content of KidCareCanada videos is informed by current research and shared by experts in the field. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating, and is NOT a substitute for professional care.

If you (or someone you know) has thoughts of doing self-harm, or harm to a baby or anyone else, please call to speak with a trained crisis worker. Local Crisis Helpline numbers can be found through a Google Search.  In British Columbia, Canada you can call Mental Health Support (BC-wide) at 310-6789 or you can call the North American line 1 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
In ANY crisis, your local emergency number is another option and it is always available. Use 911 in North America, 999 in the UK or, if you're elsewhere, use the emergency number for your area.