The following pregnancy and parenting resources are Ministry of Health publications that support health professionals and families to raise healthy children. Based on best practices, these evidence based documents provide new parents with information on having a healthy pregnancy and providing information they need to give their baby the best start in life.
Baby's Best Chance: Parents' Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care
A reference guide to help new parents from pregnancy, through birth, and in the parenting of a baby up to six months of age.
Please note that there is an error on pg.137 in the printed copy of Baby’s Best Chance (sixth revision sixth edition) in the box titled “Signs of Dehydration”. It should read, “A baby may be dehydrated if they have decreased urination (fewer than 4 wet diapers in 24 hours after 4-5 days of age)." The error has been corrected in the online version.
Toddler's First Steps: A Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6-to-36 Month-Old Child
A reference guide that provides parents and caregivers of children between the ages of six months and three years of age with the most up-to-date parenting tips and child health and wellness information.
Child Health Passport:
The Passport helps parents plan their child’s vaccinations to ensure the best protection against serious childhood diseases. It includes an area to record height and weight, illnesses, injuries, allergies, hospitalizations and vaccinations and safety tips. Space is also provided to easily record findings of hearing, dental and vision checks. Parents typically receive a Child Health Passport in their birth packs, or they can be obtained through the local public health units as part of immunization services.
Perinatal Services BC has released the Pregnancy Passport and Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport, which can be found here.
NEW RESOURCE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Safer Sleep For My Baby
This safer sleep resource informs parents about how to provide a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental sleep related deaths in infancy.
2011 - 2016 Resource: Every Sleep Counts
The resource “Every Sleep Counts” was officially retired in 2017, but copies are still available in the languages listed below.
- English (colour)
- English (black & white)
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
English 8.5x11 (colour)
English 8.5x11 (B & W)
English 11x17 (colour)
English 11x17 (B & W)
Posters in Other Languages (PDF)
To check out more information on Parenting and Pregnancy, click here.
Translated articles on Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding - Learning the Basics
Getting Started and Feeding Cues
Importance of Skin to Skin Contact for Breastfeeding
Your Milk Supply