Recommended Resources

Great Reads

If you're looking for yourself, or for a friend's baby shower gift, the books listed here have been specifically chosen because they support the view that pregnancy, birth and parenthood are healthy transitions in a family's life. These books (and many more) can be found in our lending library.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Babies Best Chance (PDF Download)
  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth - Sheila Kitzinger
  • The Mother of All Pregnancy Books - A. Douglas
  • The Pregnancy Book - Dr. W. Sears, M. Sears
  • The Birth Partner - Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth - P. Simkin

The Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Sides of Birth

  • Birthing From Within - P. England, R. Horowitz
  • Childbirth with Insight - E. Noble
  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - I. Gaskin
  • Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth - D. Chopra
  • Spiritual Midwifery - I. Gaskin

Staying Active in the Childbearing Year

  • Active Birth - J. Balaskas
  • Aquarobics - Working Out in Water G. Baum
  • Easy Exercises for Pregnancy J. Balaskas
  • Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year - E. Noble
  • Fit to Deliver - An Exercise Program for You and Your Baby - K. Nordahl, S. Kerr, C. Petersen
  • Preparing for Birth With Yoga - J. Balaskas


  • Bestfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You - M. Renfrew, C. Fisher, & S. Arms
  • Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding - Dr. J. Newman, T. Pitman
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - La Leche League

Baby Care

Local Resources


  • Royal Columbian Hospital - check here for maternity unit tour, registration forms, parking info, etc.
    330 E. Columbia Street
    New Westminster, BC V3L 3W7
    Labour and Delivery: 604-520-4586
    Maternity (postpartum): 604-520-4551
  • Burnaby General Hospital - check here for maternity unit tour, registration forms, parking info, etc.
    3935 Kincaid Street, Burnaby
    Labour and Delivery: 604-412-6293
    Maternity (Postpartum): 604-412-6294

Pharmacies and Breast Pump rentals

Most pharmacies offer breast pump rentals. Please contact each individually to see if they have one in stock for you if needed.


  • LifeLabs
  • Royal Columbian Hospital 604-520-4253

Public Health

Pregnancy Outreach Programs

Ultrasound Clinics

  • Royal Columbian Hospital 604-520-4246
  • Eagle Ridge Hospital (Port Moody)
  • MedRay Imaging (Coquitlam)

Health Food Stores / Supplements 

  • Choices Market  8683 10th Avenue Burnaby, BC 604-522-0936  
  • POCO Naturals 2329 Whyte Avenue, Port Coquitlam 604-942-5612
  • Root's Natural Organic Foods & Discount Vitamins 22254 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge 604-467-1822
  • Longevity Health Foods G-562 Clarke Rd, Coquitlam  604-936-8530  
  • Galloways 702B Sixth Ave, New Westminster 604-526-7525  
  • Gaia Garden (Vancouver)

Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic

Prenatal / Postpartum Fitness and Nutrition

Web Resources



Nausea and Vomitting in Pregnancy

Cord Blood Banking

Prenatal Genetic Testing

Infertility and Assisted Reproduction



Birth Control

Newborn Care

Midwifery Links

Research based guidelines

Birth Preparation

Home Birth Supplies

Prenatal Classes


Labour and Birth Doulas

Postpartum Doula Support 

Placenta Encapsulation