100 Mile District General Hospital
The 100 Mile District General Hospital is the most significant health resource in the district. It offers emergency, surgical, and inpatient services. It also offers numerous services many are not aware of, including the Healthy from the Start program, antepartum and postpartum care for new and expecting parents, a child and youth dietitian, and more. You can visit the Interior Health – 100 Mile District General Hospital webpage to see a full list of provided services.
Baby & Me (Interior Health)
Baby and Me is a series of free drop-in parenting classes for those with infants 0–18 months. Participants build relationships, gain knowledge, and share experiences. Grandparents are welcome.
For more information view Interior Health’s Baby and Me page:
Early Learning Family Drop-In
Taking place right here at the South Cariboo Early Years Centre, our Early Learning Family Drop-In is a safe, unstructured place for children and their families to play with toys, socialize, take part in arts and crafts, stories, and make new friends. Parents can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where they can meet and network with other like-minded parents/caregivers. We have facilities for breast feeding in a quiet and comfortable area. Access to resources on infant and child development and South Cariboo Early Years programs/services is also available to parents. The Drop-In operates Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Home Visitor Program (CFEC)
The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre’s Home Visitor Program supports parents in developing healthy attachments with their children, promoting successful child development. A parent can be paired with a Family Support Worker who visits on a regular schedule to assist in providing children with healthy and productive development.
Parents can inquire or apply for the program by contacting CFEC by phone at (250) 395-5155 or by visiting reception at the centre at #1-486 Birch Ave, 100 Mile House, BC.
Having a Baby (Interior Health)
If you are an expecting parent living in the South Cariboo, Interior Health’s ‘Having a Baby’ portal is a vital resource for you and your newborn baby. It lists the specialized programs, resources and services Interior Health provides for this important time in your life. Learn more by visiting the page on Interior Health's website.
Healthy from the Start
Healthy from the Start is a multifaceted program that connects pregnant women with services in the community to help her have a healthy pregnancy. Interior Health recommends registering as early in your pregnancy as possible so that you can: feel supported, have questions answered, get important information, get a free copy of Baby’s Best Chance book, and get connected to services such as support from a public health nurse.
Also on the site, physicians, midwives and community partners can access a referral form to refer a client to the Healthy From The Start program.
All pregnant women are encouraged to contact Healthy From The Start early in their pregnancy, as receiving early prenatal care and connecting with supports and services improves both women’s and babies’ health.
You can sign up for the program by visiting Interior Health’s Healthy from the Start webpage:
Infant massage is a way for you to gently nurture and spend time with your baby.
Research suggests that infant massage may have various health benefits. For example, infant massage might:
- Encourage interaction between you and your baby
- Help your baby relax and sleep
- Positively affect infant hormones that control stress
- Reduce crying
Infant massage is offered as a participation program at the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre. If you are interested in learning the methods and application of this helpful bonding technique, you can contact CFEC at (250) 395-5155 or visit their office at #1-486 Birch Ave. 100 Mile House to sign up to the next program course.
La Leche League
La Leche League offers mother-to-mother breastfeeding support in three ways: local mother’s groups, by phone (1-800-665-4324), and through their website.
“La Leche League meetings are the heart of the organization. They are free, informal discussion groups, held in homes or at easily accessible public locations, that cover the practical, physical, and psychological aspects of breastfeeding.... LLL gatherings are a wonderful place for information and encouragement, and a ready source of new friendships among mothers who automatically have a lot in common.”
--from the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 2010, pg. 442
To find out where you can access a local Mother’s group, contact Kris (locally for 100 Mile House) at (250) 945-4668, or call toll free 1-800-665-4324 for a B.C. wide referral service.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
As a non-profit, charitable organization, Pacific Post Partum Support Society provides a variety of free or low-cost programs for mothers experiencing a difficult pregnancy or postpartum adjustment, including postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A). We offer a range of services, depending upon individual’s needs.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years. The program started in 1971 as a grass roots initiative that established their unique treatment model: mothers supporting mothers.
To connect with Pacific Post Partum, you can call toll-free (855)255-7999 or visit their website:
Pregnancy Outreach/Infant-Toddler Drop-In Group
The Pregnancy Outreach/Infant Toddler Drop-In Group is a wellness based program for parents and caregivers, pregnant or with children ages 0-3. It is offered by the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and takes place in their "couch room" facility.
Each week, the meetings feature a different professional from the community speaking on different topics. Early Learning Care is provided to the children of attendees, and a light lunch is provided.
The drop-on group takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The group normally doesn't operate during the summer or in December. However, there are two special events for the group during summer 2016:
- July 20th, 2016: Walk to the 100 Mile Community Garden with picnic, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
- August 24th, 2016: Visit and Tour of the CEEDS Farm with picnic, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Prenatal in a Day
Prenatal In-A-Day is a one day course that seeks to provide expecting parents with skills and assurance for the many aspects that surround their pregnancy. Some of the topics covered include:
- Health throughout pregnancy
- Labour and birth
- Comfort measures
- Medical interventions
- Postpartum for mother and baby
- Infant feeding
Also included is a tour of the hospital with a registered nurse.
This program runs twice a year at the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre to accommodate for all expecting parents in the area. To register, or to find out more, you may contact CFEC at (250) 395-5155.