Care for Pregnant Women

Many health professionals provide care to pregnant women and their babies, including family physicians, midwives, obstetricians and public health nurses. For information on how to connect with a primary care provider please visit How to Access Health Care. Midwives are primary care providers that can order tests, prescribe medications related to maternal/newborn care, diagnose and treat minor problems and attend births as the primary attendant. Midwives can also refer you to family physicians and specialists, and to public health nurses and community resources. You do not need a referral to see a midwife. Midwifery Services can be accessed through your local regional health authority.

Expectant and new mothers can get help and support through the Families First and Healthy Baby programs, including prenatal care and an income-based benefit to help expectant mothers learn about and purchase nutritious foods.