Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and Parenting Resources

Midwifery Clinics

Strathcona Midwifery Collective
Pomegranate Midwifery
The Midwifery Group
Bloom Midwifery
Open Door Midwifery
South Community Birth Program 
Pacific Midwifery Practice
Westside Midwives
On The Drive Midwives
Birth And Beyond


South Community Birth Program
Birth Docs Family Practice Maternity Service at B.C. Women's Hospital

Traditional Birth Attendent

Gloria Lemay

Volunteer doulas

South Community Birth Program (Doulas who speak 22 languages total, including ASL)
Doula Services Association

Health and wellness practioners

Touchroot Bodywork (Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Holistic Pelvic Care // Renee Warner, RN)
Yinstill Reproductive Wellness
Poke Community Acupuncture (Sliding Scale)
Acumamas: Pregnancy and Postpartum Acupuncture

childbearing and prenatal education

Healthiest Babies Possible (HBP provides nutrition and prenatal lifestyle counselling to promote healthy pregnancy and reduce incidences of low birth weight babies among high risk pregnancies in Vancouver and Richmond.  The HBP staff includes dietitians, public health nurses and support workers fluent in 14 different languages. They also partner with the Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program in Vancouver to offer youth centred services and supports. They accept self referrals.)
Dancing Star Birth
Childbearing Society Prenatal Classes
Spinning Babies: Easier Childbirth with Fetal Positioning
Evidence Based Birth (Evidence based information regarding common procedures, interventions, situations and choices during pregnancy and labour)

Infant feeding

La Leche League International
The "Flipple" Technique (Extended Latch/Exaggerated Latch)
Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Surgeries 
How Do I Position My Baby to Breastfeed? (LLLI)

Postpartum and parent-INfant wellbeing

Pacific Post Partum Support Society
AnxietyBC for Mothers (New Moms and Moms To Be)
On Call Public Health Nurse
Child Car Seat Installation Workshops

Harm Reduction

Sheway (Sheway is a pregnancy outreach program located in the Downtown Eastside. The program provides health and social service suovides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.)
Fir Square Combined Care (BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre Fir Square Combined Care Unit program cares for substance using women and substance exposed newborns in a single unit. The program helps women and their newborns stabilize and withdraw from substances, keeping mothers and babies together whenever possible and continuing to provide care from antepartum to postpartum and between hospital and community.)


Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program
Young Parent and Baby Drop-In (North Shore)
Youth Clinics (General Health)
Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Queer and Trans families

Milk Junkies: Breastfeeding and Parenting from a Transgender Perspective
Trans Women and Breastfeeding: A Personal Interview
Queer Parenting: Being Genderqueer and Pregnant
Queer and Trans* Pregnancy and Parenting Group

indigenous parenting

Indigenous Mamas: Mothering Resistance and Reclamation (Article)
Aboriginal Mother Centre Society
National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

reproductive justice

SQUAT Birth Journal
Strong Families (Reproductive Justice Blog)
Abortion Clinics in B.C.

Bramble & Birth Lending Library

pregnancy and childbirth

"Birthing From Within" (England Horowitz)
"Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" (Ina May Gaskin)
"Birth Matters" (Ina May Gaskin)
"Spiritual Midwifery" (Ina May Gaskin)
"The Labour Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia" (Simkin, Ancheta)
"Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn" (Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham, Bolding)
"Ask A Midwife" (Catherine Parker-Littler)
"The Doula Book" (Klaus, Kennell, Klaus)

Infant feeding

"Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding" (Ina May Gaskin)
"The Nursing Mother's Companion" (Kathleen Huggins)   *in large font*
"Breastfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right For You" (Renfrew, Fisher, Arms)
"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" (La Leche League International)
"The Breastfeeding Answer Book" (La Leche League International)
"Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding" (Newman/Pitt)


"The Baby Book" (Sears and Sears)
"Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year" (Morrow)

Bodies and family health

"Herbal for the Childbearing Year" (Susan S. Weed)
"Naturaly Healthy Babies and Children" (Aviva Jill Romm)
"The Natural Pregnancy Book" (Aviva Jill Romm)
"The New Our Bodies, Ourselves" (The Boston Women's Health Book Collective)
"Natural Birth Control Made Simple" (Kass-Annese & Danzer)
"Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body" (Waller)
"The Anatomy Coloring Book" (Kapit, Elson)
"The Physiology Coloring Book" (Kapit, Macey, Mesiami)

indigenous parenting

"Until Our Hearts Are On The Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance, and Rebirth" 
(D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, EDS.)


"Maternity Rolls" Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability (Heather Kuttai)

harm reduction

"With Child: Substance Use During Pregnancy: A Woman Centered Approach" (Susan C. Boyd & Lenora Marcellus)
"Living With FASD: A Guide for Parents" (Sara Graefe)

trauma and childbirth

"When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women" (Simkin/Klaus)
"Pregnancy After A Loss" (Carol Cirulli Lanham)