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Families in Recovery (FIR)

Launched in 2003, the Families in Recovery (FIR) Program at BC Women’s Hospital is the first of its kind, providing specialized support to individuals who are pregnant or newly parenting while navigating substance use and mental health concerns.

FIR provides customized services through a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and other support services. Service delivery applies culturally sensitive practices, trauma-informed care, and adherence to harm reduction principles.

From pregnancy through to postpartum or after birth care, FIR staff ensure comprehensive care, focusing on a smooth community reintegration. Our focus is on meeting patients where they are at, creating individual goals, supporting the parent-infant bond, as well as attachment and wellbeing through a rooming-in model in a safe, supportive environment.

Pregnant individuals requiring support while navigating substance use and mental health concerns. Abstinence is not required; services are patient-centred and tailored to meet individual needs.‎


Referrals to the program can be made either through self-referral or by healthcare providers.

To access this service, please call the FIR unit directly at 604-875-2229 (monitored 24hrs/day) and request to speak with the patient care coordinator or social work lead.

Alternatively, you may submit a referral form (PDF) via fax at 604-875-2221. We welcome and prioritize referrals to ensure timely and appropriate support for individuals seeking our specialized services.‎

“When I came to FIR, I was overwhelmed with self-doubt. I wanted to move forward in my recovery, but felt that I had run out of options. The FIR program and staff helped me to regain my confidence and supported me with the goals I wanted to work on. I felt empowered, I had people who believed in me. I was able to establish a recovery plan, supports, and feel ready for discharge. I needed a program that reminded me of what I was capable of achieving."

–Recent FIR Patient‎


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