Prenatal classes and education

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Pregnancy is a time of change and learning. As parents, you will learn a lot as you prepare for baby’s arrival and beyond. The goal is to provide pregnant people and their families with information to gain knowledge, build skills, and make informed, safe choices about pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. You may learn about:

Ways to get prenatal education: 

  • Brochures, handouts, and books
  • In-person group prenatal classes
  • Mobile apps, texting services, and websites
  • One-on-one prenatal education with a health care provider
  • Online self-paced courses

Explore the sections below for local prenatal classes and additional prenatal education resources. For more information about services in your community, contact your local health unit.

Local prenatal classes

If you’re aware of local prenatal classes available in your community that are not listed here, or if any of the information is incorrect, email us at HealthyStart@northernhealth.ca.

Fort St. John

  • Blissful Beginnings Birth and Support Services
  • In-person group childbirth education classes
  • Cost: $100, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot
  • Email: Blissfulbeginningssi@gmail.com
  • Phone: 250-793-9905

Prince George

Quesnel

Smithers

Terrace

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SmartMom prenatal education texting program

SmartMom is a prenatal education program that texts information to prenatal clients from trusted sources. Text messages are tailored to the stage of pregnancy and includes helpful websites, phone numbers, and videos about:

  • How baby is growing
  • Important health choices
  • How to prepare for labour and delivery

Enroll in SmartMom

  • Text “Northern” to 12323 or visit SmartMom Canada and click
    “enroll now”
  • Free to sign up, standard message and data rates may apply

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‘My Next Birth’ tool

Vaginal birth after c-section: ‘My Next Birth’ decision tool

Are you thinking about options for your next birth after a caesarean delivery? Both vaginal birth and planned caesarean are healthy options. Studies show that 75 per cent of people in BC who have had a C-section are good candidates for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).

Perinatal Services BC has an interactive, online tool called My Next Birth for information about repeat C-sections and what the different choices may mean for you, your family, and your health. You will also receive a personalized summary to guide conversations and questions with your health care team.

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Virtual education options

Douglas College

Fraser Health

La Leche League Canada

  • Virtual prenatal breastfeeding class and/or attend a La Leche League Canada (LLLC) meeting in person to meet other nursing parents
  • Cost: Free
  • To learn more, access the LLLC meeting calendar

Pregnancy HUB

  • 12-month virtual program that offers participants unlimited access to local pregnancy outreach program and service referrals; a virtual library full of evidence-based information; a monthly newsletter; and access to virtual events on topics related to pregnancy and early parenting.
  • Registration is free to all pregnant, postpartum, and newly parenting people with infants up to 12 months old who are BC residents.
  • Learn more at The Pregnancy HUB

Providence Health Care (St. Paul's Hospital)

  • Virtual sessions (one-on-one and small group sessions with maximum three couples) focused on labour and birth, postpartum, c-section birth, and breastfeeding classes.
  • Cost: $80 for the small group sessions, up to $180 for private one-on-one sessions.
  • Content is designed for expectant parents who plan to deliver at St. Paul’s Hospital but are open to all families in BC.
  • Learn more about virtual prenatal classes
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