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:
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