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10-month-old Tobias is a smile a minute, and gave us one of his best for this year’s Baby Guide! Photographed by Dylan Doubt

It’s time for our annual Baby Guide, which offers new and expecting parents all the info, resources, and tips they need for raising their little one in the Lower Mainland. Parenthood is fraught with choices and decisions about how to raise the baby, what products to buy and what companies are trustworthy. Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you by finding some of the best local goodies that will make having a baby easier to manage. We’re also featuring a discussion on midwifery in BC, as it can be hard to differentiate their services between doctors and doulas. We’re also bringing you a great article about local services, restaurants and meetups that help to soothe the isolation that can come with having a newborn, by getting new parents out of the house. We want to show you newborn-friendly spots that won’t make you feel alone in the parenting sleeplessness! And are you bored with typical bridal showers? We bring you some unique alternatives to the standard snacks and party game shower. Whether you’re a new parent, an aunt or uncle or someone who values local products and services, we know that our Baby Guide will help you find all that you need to make welcoming your newborn a positive and exciting experience. Managing Editor, Andrea Vance Assistant Editor, Kelly S. Thompson Contributing Editor , Jodi Iverson Art Director & Layout, Krysta Furioso Administration, Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable, Jennifer Brule Advertising,

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Contests The GREAT Baby Guide Giveaway

The Modern Midwife How midwives are surging in popularity

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contests! Soothe to Sleep The Sleeping Child is giving away a one-on-one Sleep Consultation, valued at over $500! Since these assessments are done virtually, parents all over the province will benefit from this prize pack. Let the Sleeping Child guide your family to a positive sleep plan for your little ones, with follow up and other resources! The whole family will benefit!

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Baby Shower Gifts Finding that special one of a kind item for baby

Get out of the House! Coping with post-natal Isolation

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Not Your Average Baby Shower Unique Alternatives

Post-natal Programs Helpful Programs After Baby Arrives

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cool finds Between You and Me Teething Rattle These high-quality teething rattles are made from wood and silicone, perfect for cutting baby’s teeth. They’re made right in Vancouver with food grade silicone and sensorial sound and touch that babies will love using to soothe their angry mouths. Best of all, mom can wear it as a bracelet between gnawing! | $21

Petit Loulou Baby Toys Made right in Vancouver, we can’t get enough of these soft, vibrant and unique baby toys. Parents can customize with added rattles and squeakers, while kids will be endlessly stimulated by the ribbons, nubs and colours of their special toy. | $20-45


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From the Seeds Fabric Bucket Storage is made snazzy with these adorable fabric buckets. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and can be used to collect stray toys, clothes, or whatever your little one wants to fill them with. Home décor for the nursery has never been so cute. | $17

Tanya’s Pick! From ca Snugglebugz.

Matt and Nat Raylan Diaper Bag

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller

Pack all of baby’s essentials in style with this bag from Matt and Nat. Made in Quebec, these products are all vegan but don’t skimp on pizzazz. No one will know that inside are diapers, handy pockets and everything else to keep you and your child on the go.

All new parents should have this Baby Jogger City Select Stroller, with the titanium colour unique to Snuggle Bugz! This easy-to-maneuver stroller includes 16 configurations, a second seat, and endless accessory options for new parents. | $190 | $900

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Not Your Average Baby Shower Unique Alternatives to Traditional Showers by Kelly S. Thompson


e’ve all been to and loved baby showers. It is a time to celebrate a new mother, her partner and a soon-to-be welcomed child into the world, and to help the new family prepare for the little one. But if we’re all honest, we could think of better ways to spend our time than peering at melted chocolate bars in diapers or seeing who can drink the fastest through a bottle. WestCoast Families decided to explore some baby shower alternatives for the next time someone you love is about to welcome a newborn into the world. Stock the Library Party Sometimes, showers in general can feel like a bit of a gift grab. For those strapped for cash, receiving an invite to a shower can bring feelings of anxiety and for the parents-to-be, this can make a celebratory event something stressful. Instead, why not have a no-gifts get together with simple food and drinks, or set a theme that allows guests to easily afford a coordinated gift. This is why many mothers are suggesting “Stock the Library” parties, where guests are encouraged to bring their favourite children’s book for the new baby. Not only is this a loving and sentimental way to give something special to the new family, but also gives insight into each guest as they explain why a book made an imprint on their own lives. Guests will love knowing that the new child will also be given the gift of literacy as their parents read from a library stocked by the people who love her. Gender Reveal Party For parents who choose to know the sex of their baby in advance, this can be one of the most exciting details to share with family members. But more and more people are choosing to have an event dedicated to letting loved ones know if the baby is a boy or a girl. Sometimes the parents don’t know and it is a friend who is told the gender and then coordinates the party accordingly. Guests can hedge their bets and there is lots of fun to be had surrounding guessing the sex. Think of creative ways to reveal, such as cutting a cake (to find blue or pink cake inside), wrapping a gift with several layers of paper until the final reveals the appropriate colour, or doing a digital montage of photos that culminates in the gender reveal. Whatever method chosen to reveal the baby’s gender, everyone will love being part of the surprise and helping the new parents celebrate their little boy or girl.


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Have a Bro-Shower It’s hard to deny that men are a big part of making a baby! So why shouldn’t the father and his friends be invited to the baby shower or even have one of his own? If the event is going to be decked out in crustless sandwiches and fluffy pink pillows, men are likely to retreat to the basement like boys and girls separating at a junior high dance. So if males are invited, make the event friendly to both genders. Why not play a game of poker, with the winner getting a certificate to a nice dinner out? Or operate a Guitar Hero competition while snacking on traditional pub fare that everyone will love? Whatever games or events you choose, men don’t have to be excluded from the fun if they’re considered part of the party. Spa Party Showers can sometimes feel like work. Between the planning and the buying, the shopping and the cooking, hosts and parents alike often slip into a state of exhaustion once the event is over and the final plastic cup has gone in the trash. Prevent this party fatigue with a spa party, using one of the many mobile spa services that operate in the Lower Mainland. Let the mother-to-be sit in the comfort of her own home while her closest female (or male!) friends also get pampered with manicures, massages or even a little hair updo. Everyone will leave feeling relaxed and most importantly, the mother will be preened and prepared to welcome her baby into the world. Sip and See When a baby is born, everyone wants to see the little one and congratulate the parents on a job well done. But this is a hectic time for the new family and countless visitors can feel daunting when sleep deprived, although parents are often keen to show their baby to their loved ones. Sip and Sees are a type of shower held after the baby is born, usually several weeks later (to give mom a chance to get used to her new routine), allowing everyone

to meet the baby at one scheduled time, instead of a consistent trail of wellmeaning visitors. Consider a two-hour open house where family and friends can come and go as they please, cuddle the baby, and have a small bite to eat before wishing the family well. Mother Blessing Baby showers are often a reason to give gifts for a new baby, but rarely does the new mother receive something that helps her to relax and prepare for this large change in her life. That’s why some people are considering Mother Blessings, events held before the birth of a child and designed to support and offer blessings to the mom-to-be. This is traditionally a female only event, where loved ones share their own birthing stories, advice and well wishes for the new mom in a loving and supportive environment. Mother Blessings usually involve some sort of spiritual ceremony, whether it is an offering to the mother or perhaps a bead ceremony, where each guest procures a special bead to be made into a bracelet to give the mother strength during her birth. These events sometimes blend a type of spa party too, with massage or spa services for the mother to help her prepare for the work of raising a child. Whatever method you choose to celebrate a new baby, be sure to do it with the ones you love, as it takes a village!

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The Modern Midwife How midwives are surging in popularity by Heidi Turner


here are a few questions that are typically asked of a pregnant woman, including whether she’s having a boy or girl and if she’s planning on a natural birth. Nowadays, pregnant women are also being asked whether they’re using a doctor or a midwife. While childbirth was traditionally the doctor’s domain, more British Columbian women are turning to midwives for pregnancy care. The reasons for this trend are plenty, including personal preference, lack of access to doctors, and a desire for at-home care following birth. So what are midwives and why are women turning to them?

Shortly after, in 2002, UBC began offering a midwifery program—a four-year undergraduate degree. In 2012, the university expanded the program from 10 spaces to 20, a sign of the program’s success. The Bachelor of Midwifery is in such high demand that in the past year, 180 people applied for the 20 available placements. Today, there are 249 midwives actively practicing and licensed in British Columbia, according to Alixandra Bacon, president of the Midwives Association of British Columbia. Bacon says she knew she always wanted to be a midwife. “I was dedicated to women’s health and reproductive rights. I wanted to work in a holistic model that sees women and pregnancy as normal.” Why Women Use Midwives

Midwives provide primary care to women throughout pregnancy, including during childbirth. They offer a full range of services and are able to monitor the pregnancy, identify issues and, if necessary, refer the expectant mother to a doctor or specialist for treatment. Additionally, midwives assist during preconception and post-birth, providing care for the mother and infant. This allows women to give birth in a hospital, at home, or in a clinic, with at-home care visits offered in the first week following pregnancy.

There are many reasons women turn to midwives for care during pregnancy. Some cite the personalized care and the ability to give birth at home. Others refer to the ability to have at-home follow-ups after birth, rather than going to a doctor’s office. Another factor is the continuity of care provided by midwives. Continuity of care means the midwife present at the birth is known to the mother-to-be—not a stranger who happens to be on duty when the mother goes into labour.

“Midwives offer education and support, and show mothers different options for their pregnancy,” says Michelle Butler, Ph.D. and director of the UBC midwifery program. “They monitor the pregnancy and ensure everything is going well. The midwife supports the mother to achieve her goals during birth. She also prepares the mother for parenthood and gives initial care to the baby. It’s a similar role to a family doctor, with the midwife making referrals if issues arise.”

Under the midwives Continuity of Care Policy, pregnant women can be cared for by a group of up to four midwives, with one of those four on-call at all times so there is always someone available who is known to the motherto-be. In cases where a group of midwives is responsible for the mother, the mother must have the opportunity to get to know each of them to develop relationships. Because midwives offer continuity of care, many choose to work in practices of up to three or four, to help share the responsibilities of being on-call and available for emergencies or births.

A Complicated History Although midwives have been around in some form since women have been giving birth, it was not long ago that midwifery was maligned and women were discouraged from using anyone other than a doctor for pregnancy care. In the 1990s, after decades of lobbying from midwives, the tide began to change and the B.C. government announced it would legalize midwifery. In 1995, the College of Midwives of British Columbia was established to regulate the profession and in 1998, the college gave out the first licenses.

Midwives Speak We asked some midwives for information about their jobs, the choices women have in their birthing experience, and more. What should I look for in a midwife?

For some women, the ability to use a midwife is a practical matter. Michelle Butler says midwifery provides vital services in areas where there is a healthcare vacuum, such as in remote, northern communities. “There is an unmet need in the province,” Butler says. “There are communities that don’t have maternity services. Midwives can fill that void.” Midwives are sometimes confused with doulas, although there are some important differences. Doulas do not have medical responsibility for the pregnancy. A doula can provide support, but does not provide the assessment or clinical care offered by a midwife.

What is the benefit of choosing a midwife for pregnancy and delivery? Women receiving care from midwives: • Are less likely to have a caesarean section (19% vs provincial average of 30%) • Have a lower rate of preterm births • Are less likely to be hospitalized prenatally • Spend an average of 18 hours less in hospital

Once you have decided on having a midwife, you will need to find one in your area. There is a high demand for midwifery care and most practices book up quickly, so you should call early in pregnancy. Practices vary in sizes. Some have a larger team of midwives and some practices consist of only one or two midwives. At your introductory appointment you will want to ask questions about these practice specifics, and who will be available for your birth. You also will want to get a sense of the midwife’s communication style, and make sure you feel comfortable with her willingness to answer your questions and listen to your personal concerns.

Other benefits of midwifery care include: • Longer prenatal appointments (30-60min) • At home labour assessments • One-to-one care in labour • Choice of home or hospital birth • Postpartum home visits, including breastfeeding support • At home labour assessment • One-to-one care in labour • Choice of home or hospital birth • Postpartum home visits including breastfeeding support

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Alix Bacon, Midwives Association of British Columbia ,

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“We encourage women to have a doula and a midwife,” Alixandra Bacon says. “Midwives are there for the active part of the labour—when the woman is dilated from four to six centimetres—but early labour can go on for days. A doula comes earlier in the process and provides support during that time.” Heidi Maxwell has used a midwife for multiple pregnancies. She made this choice because of the personal experience the longer appointment times afforded and because of the aftercare. She also appreciates that midwives allow women to take control of their own birth experiences and prenatal care. “A midwife is the best type of birth attendant for me,” Maxwell says. “I would definitely use a midwife again and aim for another home birth. With a doctor you don’t have the option of home birth, which is where I feel most comfortable. I think more women desire a birth with fewer interventions, more care, and a lower chance of cesarean section.” Women can turn to a midwife at any stage during the pregnancy and can even engage their services during preconception, but Bacon cautions that midwives tend to book up quickly, so finding one on short notice can be difficult. Midwifery care is covered by MSP and midwives have hospital privileges, so women who are more comfortable giving birth in a hospital are able to do so. Anyone interested in learning more about midwives can visit the Midwives Association of B.C. website at

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Get out of the House! Coping with post-natal Isolation By Nicola Enright-Morin


eing a parent of a newborn is one of the most magical experiences there is. When your baby first arrives, the constant stream of wellwishers and visitors means you hardly have time to yourself. But once the initial excitement wears off, being at home all day can be overwhelmingly lonely. With only a newborn, daytime TV and the seemingly never-ending laundry for company, the walls can feel as if they are closing in. Therefore, getting out of the house is vital to any new parent’s sanity. Public health nurse Andy Timmerman says, “So much of being a new mom is very solitary, just talking to your baby, or to your partner, who is often tired at the end of a work day, so the chance to speak with other adults is vital. I couldn’t put a price on how valuable it is for new moms to get out of the house, it absolutely is that important.” Getting out of the house is also a chance to make friends with other new parents. “Just having another person that understands the challenges your going through and who can celebrate your baby’s developmental milestones is so therapeutic.” Being social with other parents and families is also a great way to extend your mommy network further, as other parents are full of information about the latest hot spots for you and your baby. In the meantime, WestCoast Families has rounded up some of the best mom and baby resources across the Lower Mainland to get you started.

Fitness One of the best ways to feel like your old self again is to include some fitness in your routine. Gone are the days when you could use a newborn as an excuse to lounge and watch TV in your pajamas all day; now there are all kinds of classes to get you and your baby moving.

Fit4Two Fit4Two has classes at locations all over the Lower Mainland. They have something for all fitness levels, including mom and baby aquafit,

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bootcamps, and stroller fitness classes. You can pay drop-in prices, or sign up for a full block of classes. Prices vary, depending on the location, or the type of class.

Baby and Me Yoga Restore your pre-baby Zen by getting your yoga on.

Yoga is perfect for gentle stretching and it also benefits digestion, circulation and balances your hormones: all of which are important for new moms. Community centres across the Lower Mainland offer mom and baby yoga classes, as do many private yoga studios. |

Aqua Fit Aqua fit classes for mum and baby are a great way to get your baby comfortable in the water and help you regain your pre-baby fitness in a fun and supportive environment.

Bare Fit and Pregnant Offering pre and post-natal classes, moms will

love connecting with other women in similar life stages while getting an excellent workout with well-trained coaches. And of course, baby is welcome to classes with new mommies.

Eating Out One of the hardest things about toting a newborn is the anxiety you feel in a restaurant or café. You finally get out of the house - and then your baby needs to nurse or cry. Cue swathing your baby in a blanket the size of a tent and death glares from other patrons. But take heart. Venturing out is much more enjoyable if you go where the food is not only awesome, but babies are positively welcome too.

Circus Play This is a new play café on East 12th where kids can play and

grown-ups get to enjoy quality beverages and food. With workshops, music, art classes and story telling events, this little gem has something for both kids and parents alike.

Sweet Salt Cafe A family-focused bakery and café, Sweet Salt Café is home

to carefully crafted breads, pastries, organic sodas and an array of teas and specialty coffee. The perfect spot to hang out with your new mommy friends.

Big Feast Bistro Downtown Vancouver is brimming with trendy eateries that are willing to accommodate kids. The outlying suburbs? Not so much. Well not anymore. The Big Feast Bistro in Maple Ridge not only has a gourmet menu but is all about family. Check them out if you want something a little more up-market.

Entertainment Le Petit Spa For a real mom indulgence, check out Le Petit Spa, where

you can get a pedicure for yourself, or a reflexology package for both you and baby. It features all the usual spa trimmings, in a baby friendly environment.

Movies Fed-up of daytime TV and binge watching Netflix while your little one naps? Going out to watch a movie is a great way to feel human again.

Parent and Infant Drop-ins Parent and baby drop-in groups are a

chance to connect with other parents, while getting support from healthcare professionals. There are groups all over the Lower Mainland and each session includes a topic of interest covered by an expert, as well as time for parents to socialize.,-children-&-youth/parent-and-child-drop-in-groups

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Post Natal Programs Helpful Programs After Baby Arrives by Nicole Breit There are many classes for preparing for baby but for brand new parents, a newborn can be a daunting addition to the family as much as a welcome one. Today there are many post natal programs that help parents hone their parenting skills, learn about baby care and also develop social relationships with other new parents. Take a Kindermusik class, drop in to a breastfeeding group or join a baby and me story time! You’ll find a host of learning opportunities among these local programs that support new parents and their babies. Check out your library and recreation center to seek out more parent-friendly educational programs in your neighbourhood.

The Childbearing Society Post Partum Classes 3569 Commercial Street, Vancouver Dates: Mondays, 12:30-2:00 pm Ages: 0 - walking age Cost: $10/class Bring your baby along for a group learning session designed for new parents. Recommended by midwives and physicians, post partum classes cover infant feeding, sleep, health and safety, colic and crying, attachment and infant development, as well as topics suggested by participants. The Childbearing Society also offers breastfeeding clinics. Family Place Drop-In Programs West Side: 2819 West 11th Avenue East Side: 1655 William Street South Side: 7710 Nanaimo Street Dates: Ongoing Ages: 0+ Cost: $1-2/drop ins The mandate of a Family Place is to act as a community resource center, offering inclusive, affordable and accessible support for parents and their children. Register for a Mother Goose early literacy class or sign up for a parenting class. A learning library and childminding are also available at some family places. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Various locations in BC Dates: Ongoing Ages: 0+ Cost: Free The mission of La Leche League is to “encourage, promote and provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities.” Support is available by phone, email or at a monthly La Leche meeting, with partners welcome to attend. Meeting participants share experiences, give suggestions and offer support and encouragement in an accepting atmosphere. Call the Breastfeeding Referral Line at 1-800-665-4324 or visit the website to find a group near you.

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Phoenix Gymnastics Active Play Programs Millennium Sports Facility 4588 Clancy Loranger Way St. James Facility 3214 West 10th Avenue Dates: Check website Ages: 6 months to 3 years Cost: $129 - $214/9 to 15 week classes These parent participation programs introduce babies to active play in a fun and safe gym environment. Infants and toddlers enjoy songs and free play while developing their motor skills through games, creative movement and circuits. Registration is required for weekly 45-minute classes, which offer progressive skill development under the guidance of trained coaches. Notable Kids Kindermusik Classes 3063 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver Dates: Check website Ages: 0 - 24 months Cost: Free for babies under 4 months; $72/4 week session You and your baby will love singing, dancing and exploring a variety of props and instruments with a caring and trained Kindermusik instructor. Registration in a 45-minute Cuddle and Bounce or Sing and Play class also includes digital tools to continue the fun and learning at home or in the car. Sign up online for a free preview class! VCH Parent & Baby Drop In Groups Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Pemberton and Whistler Dates: Call for details Ages: 0 - 12 months Cost: Free but must register Connect with other parents and get support from health care providers (public health nurses, community nutritionists, etc.) through Vancouver Coastal Health. Together you’ll learn about health-related issues like breastfeeding, immunization, safety, dental care, adjusting to parenthood and preparing for return to work.

Man in the Moon Dad and Baby Story Times Vancouver Public Library and Surrey Public Library Ages: 0 - 24 months Dates: Ongoing Cost: Free This story time and sing-a-long for male caregivers and their little ones is offered at several branches of the Vancouver and Surrey Public Libraries. Search the library program listings for story times. Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Classes Various locations Ages: Parents of children 0 - 5 years Dates: Ongoing Cost: Free Learn about child development, safety, health and behaviour with the support of a trained facilitator. You’ll also meet with other parents, discuss your concerns and discover positive ways of parenting. Roundhouse Community Post Natal Programs 181 Roundhouse Mews Dates: Check website Ages: 0+ Cost: Varies by program Sing and dance to international folk songs and lullabies. Learn baby sign language. Practice gentle, mindful movements in a dance class. Explore toys, mats and a bouncy castle at a gym drop-in. The Roundhouse offers supervised fun and interactive programs for wee ones year-round. Check the website for current offerings. Safe & Sound Infant CPR 3170 Tory Avenue, Coquitlam Dates: Check website Ages: 0+ Cost: $45/person Designed for parents and caregivers, the Baby and Child CPR/Safety workshop will introduce you to the techniques you need to know to save an infant who is choking or having difficulty with breathing/circulation. The four-hour class also covers information on safe sleeping, falls, poisoning, car safety and more. Strong Start Early Learning Program Schools throughout the Lower Mainland Dates: September - June Ages: 0 - 5 years Cost: Free drop in early-learning/learn/strongstart-bc Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all invited to participate with young children for stories, games, music, art, circle times and free play. At no cost to families, this early learning drop-in program offers young children a chance to meet new friends and prepare for success in Kindergarten.

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BC Women’s Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic


Breastfeeding Online

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Community programs and activities

Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd

Adoptive Families Association of BC

La Leche League

Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC

Belly Baby & Kid Show

Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre

Baby Go Round

Burnaby Village Museum


BC Association of Family Resource Programs

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch

AB Mack Immigration

BC Council for Families

Healthy Family Expo

Child Care Resource and Referral

BC Housing

Imagine Children’s Museum

Child Care Choices Online Resource

Canadian Pediatric Society

Living Magic

Spare Time Child Care Society

Community Centres Check your local municipality website

Richmond Country Farms

UBC Child Care Services

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Taves Family Farms

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Fussy Baby


YMCA of Greater Vancouver

Langley Children

My Bella Baby Events gathering exhibitors relevant to new parents Baby & Tot Show BC’s largest baby and toddler expo

BC Lactation Consultant Association

Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre

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Annual Resource Listings

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Octopus Village posAbilities Provincial Government Education and family programs

BC Women’s Hospital Pregnancy Birth & Newborns Clinic Childbearing Society Department of Midwifery, BC Women’s Hospital

Our Kids Private School Expo Reach for the Stars Montessori Sunny Gate Montessori Vancouver Bilingual Preschool

Surrey Early Childhood

DONA International Doula Association


Doula Services Association of BC

Baby Footprint

Midwifery Associates

Baby On The Way

Midwifery Care North Shore

Bumbini Cloth Diaper Company

The Midwifery Group


Vancouver Doula Collective

Cozy Bums Diapers


Boomers & Echoes Quality conisgnmnet for eco-conscious parents

CEFA Core Education & Fine Arts World leader in education for children ages 1-5

Oyaco Products Innovative solutions for today’s parents

Burnaby French Language Preschool

Next Generation Distributors Innovative and useful products that offer significant value to new and expecting parents

Green Bum Bum Cloth Diapers Happy Baby Cheeks Happy Nappy Kawaii Baby Diapers Saucy Bottoms Tender Tushies

• MIDWIFE & DOULA SERVICES Midwives Association of BC Educating the public about midwifery care while supporting the growing number of midwives across the province Mother Me Home support for new mothers Ostara Midwifery Offering a full scope of personalized care for your pregnancy. All About Birth Boutique

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Collingwood School Elite Montessori Academy Garderie et Prematernelle les Moussaillons James Cameron School Jewish Community Centre Preschool Little Koala Montessori Meta Montessori House Millennium Learning Advantage Montessori Mes Petits My Whole Earth Academy North Star Montessori

Vancouver Montessori Westside Montessori Academy Westside Montessori School Write Choice Early Learning Centre


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Kids Market, Granville Island

Vancouver Coastal Health Resource

Music for Young Children

Lusso Baby


Place des Arts

Once Upon a Child: Kids’ Resale

Boomers & Echoes Kids & Maternity

Rhythm Gym

Room for 2

Hazel & Jools Locally made lifestyle collections for women, specializing in fabulous maternity wear

Richmond Aquatics

Sweet Charlie Wee Ones Reruns Yaya Baby

• HEALTH & NUTRITION Olive Fertility Clinic Caring fertility treatment and education Pollock Clinics Infant circumcision and vasectomy

Bellies in Bloom Motherhood Maternity Noppies Maternity Room for 2 Maternity & Baby, Vancouver Thyme Maternity With Child


• SAFETY Babysafe – St. John Ambulance Baby Secure BCAA: Infant/Child Care Seat Information Line 1-877-247-5551 Safety Station at BC Children’s Hospital Safety Superstore

Bonn Chiropractic



Adar Birth Services

Fraser Health Resource

Belly to Baby

Sleeping Child Sleep programs to help children get the sleep they need for healthy development

Healthy Canadians Online Resource

Birthing from Within

A Kiss Goodnight


Dancing Star Birth

Little Dreamers Consulting

Kids Physio

Healthiest Babies Possible

Sleep Stars Consulting

Leap Clinic

Lamaze International

Sleepy Miracles

Logan Creek Counselling and Consulting

Lower Mainland Childbearing Society


Nourished with Alyssa Bauman

The Birth Place

Pacific West Dental


Peace Arch Maternity Clinic Pediatric Dental Group PDG South Community Birth Program

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BabyGuide 2015|16  

The 16th annual Baby Guide 2015|16 published by WestCoast Families media

BabyGuide 2015|16  

The 16th annual Baby Guide 2015|16 published by WestCoast Families media