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Connecting Pregnancy Care

Connecting Pregnancy is an innovative program that combines medical care and prenatal education in a group setting.  Health check-ups are combined with education and support from other members of the group.  It's "one-stop shopping" for your prenatal health care and learning.  Here health visits are interesting and fun and a place to get to know other expectant families.  It is ideal for first-time parent and people new to Vancouver or without a network of friends having babies.  How Connecting works:

  • You are invited to join a group of 10-12 women with similar due month to yours, starting around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy, continuing until the early newborn period, with a reunion at 6 weeks after the babies are born
  • Connecting Pregnancy group meetings last 2 hours and occur from 6-8pm to accommodate parents with daytime work commitments.  Initially we meet once a month, and later in the pregnancy every 2 weeks.
  • The group is guided by an FPMS doctor and a childbirth educator, who will remain with that group for the whole series.  At every meeting, there is some private time with the doctor for a check-up ("belly check").
  • Together with the other group members, you discuss topics related to pregnancy, birth, parenting, and personal growth.  These include diet and exercise, the birthing process, comfort measures for labour, what to expect in the hospital, pain management options, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
  • Expectant parents get to know each other and form a support network.  They often stay connected for months or years afterwards.  Your parter or support person is welcome to attend and will find support for their experience as well.
  • In some Connecting groups a Family Practice resident doctor will assist the doctor.  They are senior doctors nearing the end of their training and are enthusiastic to learn about maternity care in a group setting.  Their presence is a great addition to the team.
  • Note: There is a cost for this program.  Please enquire below
For more information about the Family Practice Maternity Group go to

To register contact or phone (604) 875-3436

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