Midwifery Care

POSTPARTUM & PARENTING

PLUM CLIENTS

Please refer to the CARE OF MOTHER & BABY IN EARLY POSTPARTUM section for helpful handouts and links to assist you and your family in the first few weeks. You will also find the information about the BC Early Hearing Program and the screening locations for the Comox Valley and BC there, as well as the link to Vital Statistics BC to register your baby’s birth online.

CARE OF MOTHER & BABY IN EARLY POSTPARTUM

When To Call Your Midwife (pdf)
Normal Newborn Behavior – Association of Ontario Midwives
Normal Newborn Stooling – A Guide from Perinatal Services BC
Four Easy Post Partum Exercises for New Mothers (pdf)
Caring For Your Baby and Yourself
20 Stress Busters for New Mothers (pdf)
A Notice For Visitors– This notice can be put on the front door alerting visitors that there is a new baby in the house (pdf)
BC Early Hearing Program
Testing Locations for BC Early Hearing Program
Vital Statistics BC – Online Birth Registration

HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL RESOURCES

Baby’s Best Chance – pdf
Healthy Children – Island Health
Healthy Families BC
HealthLink BC
Caring for Kids – The Canadian Paediatric Society

POST PARTUM & PARENTING RESOURCES

Dr. Sears – Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Parenting
Parenting Simply
Kelly Mom – Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Parenting
Seattle Mama Doc – A blog by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. A mom, a paediatrician, and her insights about keeping your kids healthy

FATHERING

Becoming a Dad – 10 Tips for Dads for Birth
Dad’s Baby Manual (pdf)
BC Council for Families – Fathering Resources
Dr. Sears – Fathering articles and resources
Pacific Post Partum Support Society – Post Partum despression resources for Dads
Anxiety BC – Men and Anxiety
Valley Dads – Activities for Dads and Kids in the Comox Valley

ANXIETY & POST PARTUM DEPRESSION

Pacific Post Partum Support Society – Resources & support for New Mothers & Partners
Anxiety BC – for New Mothers
Bounce Back – Canadian Mental Health Association
Beyond Blue, Australia – Pregnancy and New Parents
Here to Help – Online screening for depression, anxiety, mood disorders
Centre for Clinical Interventions – Resources for consumers, mental health practioners and doctors

BABY WEARING

Babywearing International
Strollers, Baby Carriers & Infant Stress
Baby Wearing – Pictoral instructions (pdf)

CIRCUMCISION & CARE OF THE UNCIRCUMCISED PENIS

Care of the Uncircumcised Penis – HealthLinkBC
Circumcision Information & Care of Circumcised and Uncircumcised Penis – Caring For Kids: The Canadian Paediatrics Society
Circumcision Position Statement – Caring For Kids: The Canadian Paediatrics Society
Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital – a tutorial of the social and medical history of circumcision by Ryan McAllister, PhD

COLIC

Colic – HealthLinkBC
Colicky baby? – Here’s a surprising remedy

CO-SLEEPING & BED SHARING

Dr. James McKenna – Co-sleeping research at the Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame
The Natural Child Project – Dr. James McKenna library
Safe Sleeping for Babies – HealthLink BC
Safe Sleep Guidelines – Appendix B, pages 20-21 (pdf) – Perinatal Services BC
Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS online)

DIAPERING

Cloth Diapering 101 – everything you need to know
Happy Island Diaper Service – Nanaimo-based diaper service with Comox Valley service

FIRST AID

*Not meant to replace seeking immediate medical care in an emergency
Healthlink.bc – Call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse 24/7
Canadian Red Cross – offering Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR classes

HEALING BIRTH TRAMA

Solace for Mothers – Healing Birth Trauma

IMMUNIZATIONS

Immunize BC
Immunizations and Vaccines – BC Centre for Disease Control
MMR Decision Aid
Position Statement on Vaccination – College of Midwives BC
Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review (pdf)

JAUNDICE

Jaundice – BC Women’s Hospital
Jaundice – Caring for Kids: The Canadian Paediatrics Society

PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH

The Hab-it website and DVD – Made by a physiotherapist to restore pelvic floor and supporting muscles
Squats for Pelvic Floor
Kegel Exercises – How To Guide from Baby Center USA
Kegel Exercises – BC Women’s
Comox Physiotherapy – Shannon Lawrence, Physiotherapist
Cumberland Physio & Yoga

POSTPARTUM HEMORRHAGE

Life After Postpartum Hemorrhage: Recovering from the Unexpected – Association of Ontario Midwives

SWADDLING

Hip-Healthy Swaddling – Hip Dysplasia International

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