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Local Resources

Find a Midwife or Doctor

In Victoria, under BC’s Medical Services Plan, you can choose either a Family Physician or a Registered Midwife to be your primary caregiver during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

Both midwives and doctors have training and expertise in managing normal, healthy pregnancies, births and newborn care.  If you experience a high risk pregnancy (e.g. multiple gestation pregnancy, pre-existing diabetes, history of obstetrical problems, among others), your primary care provider may also involve an obstetric specialist.  In addition, should the need arise, both family physicians and registered midwives also refer to other specialties, such as pediatricians.

There are many factors which may influence whether you choose to see a registered midwife or a family physician for your pregnancy and postnatal care – it is important that you feel comfortable with them, as they will be assisting you and your baby through your pregnancy and the six weeks thereafter.  Both are licensed professionals, and can deliver in hospital.  Registered midwives can also offer you the option of home delivery and provide pre and post natal visits at your home.  Whether you choose a midwife or doctor as your primary caregiver during your pregnancy and birth, you will still visit your family physician for non-obstetrical medical conditions.  Six weeks postpartum, your caregiver will transfer your care back to your regular family physician, if you have one.

 

Midwives in Victoria

  • Serving Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.
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    The College of Midwives of British Columbia

  • CMBC is the regulatory body for the profession of midwifery in the province of British Columbia; they provide information and a listing of registered midwives in BC.
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    Midwives Association of British Columbia

  • Learn about midwifery, and find a midwife in your area.
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    The Victoria Medical Society

  • Visit this website to find a family physician who provides maternity care in your area.
  • Fertility & Pre-Pregnancy

     

    Victoria Fertility Centre

  • The VFC is a small, personalized, yet modern centre where a holistic approach is taken to fertility care.
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    Elements of Health Centre

  • Offers treatments in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy.
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    Areli Hermanson, Registered Dietitian

  • Areli has a special interest in assisting clients to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food and has a passion for working with women with fertility issues as they work toward their family goals.
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    Island Naturopath

  • An integrated health clinic offering Naturopathic Medicine, Counselling, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Primary Health Care.
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    Family Passages To Wellness

  • Sue Dumais runs a mind-body studio where she offers Yoga for Fertility, Couples Yoga for Fertility and Pregnancy and Beyond.
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    Clare Blanchflower

  • Clare Blanchflower is a holistic, natural health practitioner offering Maya Abdominal Therapy, Sacred Balance, Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Fertility.
  • Pregnancy & Birth

     

    The Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

  • Didn’t know there were five of them? Read Eva Bild’s list of things to do for each trimester on the Mothering Touch blog.
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    The Mothering Touch Pregnancy Happy Hour

  • Join Victoria Moms-to-be on Fridays from 5-6:30pm for a chat.  The groups is facilitated by a doula.
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    Childbirth Connection

  • The Maternity Center Association’s long-term national program using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and other interventions to help guide maternity care decisions.  On this site, we recommend checking out the booklet titled, What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section.
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    Childbirth.Org

  • Pregnancy and childbirth information based on the belief that birth is a natural process, not a medical procedure.
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    Mothering Magazine

  • Pregnancy, childbirth and natural family living.
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    The American Pregnancy Association

  • A national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.
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    Penny Simkin’s Site

  • Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968.  She estimates she has prepared over 9,500 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth, and assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula.
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    Pregnancy Place

  • All sorts of great resources for parents to be.
  • Twins, Triplets & More

     

    Vancouver Island Multiple Birth Association

  • Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?  Are you wondering what to expect?  What do you need?  VIMBA has been here for families with multiples for over 30 years.
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    Multiple Birth Canada

  • Multiple Births Canada strives to improve the quality of life for multiple-birth individuals and their families in Canada.
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    Twins, Triplets and More – UBC

  • A resource guide published by UBC for Multiple Pregnancy and Parenthood
  • Breastfeeding

    Mothering Touch Breastfeeding Support

  • The Mothering Touch Centre rents and sells Medela breastpumps and pump parts.  They also have trained and experienced Breastfeeding Counsellors on staff who are happy to talk to you on the phone, in the store or at your home.
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    Great streaming video on the hand-expression of breast milk.

  • So much easier to learn if you see someone do it!
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    INFACT Canada – Infant Feeding Action Coalition

  • Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Canada.
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    Quintessence Foundation

  • Breastfeeding education to health professionals and the public through venues such as the Breastfeeding Challenge.
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    Dr. Jack Newman’s Site

  • Breastfeeding articles, information and video clips by Dr. Jack Newman, a Toronto pediatrician.
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    La Leche League – Canada

  • This is the Canadian chapter of an internationally recognized organization whose mandate is, "To encourage, promote and provide mother-to-be breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society."  Contact them at 250-727-4384 to find a meeting happening near you.
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    Breastfeeding Matters – South Vancouver Island

  • A group of health-care professionals and interested individuals working since 1998 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding on Southern Vancouver Island.
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    The Vancouver Island Health Authority

  • A Public Health Nurse from the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) visits most first-time mothers soon after the birth of your baby.  If you have not had a visit and would like to see a public health nurse, just call your local health unit; the visit is free and the nurse can provide you with information and hand-outs on a variety of topics from breastfeeding to immunization.  VIHA also provides free breastfeeding clinics and support by phone.  Click here to locate the health unit in your area.
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    Carol Arndt – The Breastpump Lady

  • Rents and delivers breastpumps all over the Greater Victoria Area.  Call her at (250)812-7370
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    Alison Ranger

  • Rents and sells Medela breastpumps.  Call her at (250)479-9413.
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    Dr. Jennifer Wickens

  • A General Practitioner and a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Dr. Wickens can be seen without a referral.  Call (250)721-1188 to make an appointment.
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    Dr. Laura Spratt

  • A Family Physician and Lactation Consultant, Dr. Spratt sees patients with breastfeeding concerns who have been referred by their GP or Midwife.  Call (250)475-2251 to make an appointment.
  • Cloth Diapering

    Cloth diapers have come a long way – no more pins or folding – today’s cloth diapers are easy to use, easy to wash and gentle on babies’ bottoms.

    You can learn more about cloth diapering by attending an Introduction To Cloth Diapering Workshop at The Mothering Touch Centre.

    And if you still feel intimidated by the prospect of washing loads of newborn diapers… why not try a service, such as Victoria Diaper Service Rachel uses all natural cleaning methods and soaps and will either rent diapers to you or wash the ones you purchase!

    Emotional Support

    International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

  • 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).  Click here to visit the Cowichan Valley Chapter of ICAN’s Facebook page.
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    The Online Post-Partum Depression Support Group

  • Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do, and suffering from post-partum depression (PPD) can make the hard job feel impossible.  Many women suffer silently from PPD, it is very common, but entirely treatable.  This site is a great place to start if you think you may need help.  You can also contact your local Vancouver Island Health Authority health unit for support and information.
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    The Pacific Post Partum Support Society

  • Offers postpartum depression screening, referral if necessary and individual and group support.
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    HealthLink / BC Nurse Line

  • Call 1-866-215-4700 OR 811 (from anywhere in BC) for 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone.
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    Traci McGee – Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) / Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT)

  • Traci is the primary counsellor for the Post Partum Support Program in the Greater Victoria area.  Typically, mothers access therapy services under the Post Partum Support Program by a referral from a public health nurse, physician, midwife, but mothers can contact Traci directly too.
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    Vancouver Island Crisis Line

  • A non-profit service operating in cooperation with The Vancouver Island Health Authority to provide 24/7 support to anyone who needs it.  1-888-494-3888.
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    Benjamin Boxes

  • Stillbirth and infant loss is a very difficult subject for families to deal with.  Benjamin Boxes offer comfort during this very devastating time.
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    Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

  • For families overcome by the grief and pain of a stillbirth or loss of an infant, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them.  NILMDTS offers their gentle and beautiful photography services free of charge in a compassionate and sensitive manner.  For more information, contact Heather Armstrong at heatherphoto@gmail.com or call 250-391-4784 between 8am – 11pm; after hours only emergencies.
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    * photo courtesy of Shealyn Jackson

    Please Note:  When hiring a doula, it is the consumer's responsibility to check the doula's training, experience and/or certification.  The right to practice as a doula is not restricted by law, the way being a doctor or a midwife is.  Not all doulas are trained or certified but they may still be experienced and offer valuable support.  The Greater Victoria Doula Directory is not a partnership, it acts only as a source of information.  Each doula listed on this site is a sole proprietor.