Mid Island Baby & Kids Market and Doulas!

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Doulas co-sponsor the Mid Island Baby and Kids Market May 15, 2016

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Resources

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

- Plum Midwifery in Comox
- Birthtides Midwifery in Courtenay
- Prenatal Classes. Call the VIHA Public Health Nursing office to register for classes. Phone 331-8562 (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30).
Island Health Prenatal classes
- Options for Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Planned Parenthood)
- North Island Hospital Comox in Comox

- Maternity Care Pathway - one stop pathway to all perinatal care in the Comox Valley

LIST OF PHYSICIANS IN THE COMOX VALLEY
Canpages listing of clinics and physicians

Community Navigator available through doctor referrals assistance in finding social and healthcare related resources.

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICES

Comox Valley Health Unit
961 England Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N 2N7
Phone 250.331.8520
Fax 250.331.8521

Campbell River Health Unit
200-1100 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC V9W 8C6
Phone 250.850.2110

POSTPARTUM CARE

- Pacific Post-Partum Support Society - support for women with post-partum depression.
- Post Partum information at HelpGuide.org

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS with CHILDREN UNDER 6

ValleyChild.ca is a new "one stop shop" resource for parents of children 0-6. Whether you are having your first child or your fourth, just Google "ValleyChild.ca" for an extensive and current listings of events, resources and ideas for you and your family's needs!

Healthy Families programs (nutrition, parenting, educational community connections, emotional support)

BIRTH & POSTPARTUM RELATED HEALTH PRACTITIONERS
- Comox Valley Acupuncture, Dr. Michelle Hughes - infertility, pregnancy, post-partum.

- Kirsten Werner, RMT and Infant Massage

- Physiotherapist specializing in Pregnancy and Birth related pelvic floor issues - Shannon Lawrence at Comox Physiotherapy Clinic

CHILDCARE RESOURCES

PacificCARE Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR),is a great resource for parents seeking childcare, including child care subsidy applications. They can be reached at 250-338-4288 ext 236 or PacificCare online

Childcare centers for the entire north island are listed on the Pacific care site. Just key in Comox, Courtenay, or your community on this page and search: Child Care Listings

FIRST AID AND NUTRITION CLASSES FOR BABIES
First Aid Red Cross Child Care First Aid & CPR (NIC) 250-334-5093

Healthy Babies – Prenatal Nutrition Program (Public Health Agency) 250-338-7575

Well baby clinics - Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) 250-331-8520 or see website: VIHA

SAFE SLEEP GUIDES
Honouring our Babies:Safe Sleep Guides

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS

- La Leche League of the Comox Valley - breast feeding support.
- Contact Public Health Lactation consultants and newborn hotline for drop in info at VIHA 250-331-8520

- La Leche Comox Valley has a Membership Facebook page with many tips and updates about where and when there will be drop in or special events. For more information or to become a member, contact:
LLC Leader(s): Gillian Ingrey
Contact Email: maisieingrey@hotmail.com
Gillian Contact Phone: 250-941-6450

- Breastfeeding drop-in clinic at Public Health Unit Call 250-331-8520 for dates and times

- Breastfeeding Comox Valley (resources and services) at http://www.breastfeedingcomoxvalley.com

BREASTFEEDING SUPPLIES

Breastfeeding pump and equipment suppliers

- VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) VIHA Public Health Unit 250-331-8520 (rental/loan)
- Living Room Pharmacy (rental or purchase) 250-338-5665
- London Drugs 250-703-2838
- Kradle’s Baby Boutique 250-703-9516
- Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy (rental or purchase) 250-339-5050
- Rexall Courtenay and Comox 250-334-2481 and 250-339-2235

HOME BIRTHING AND BABY SUPPLIES

For supplies for birth and baby (online) try - Mama Goddess

For Home Birth or Water Birth Supplies (Pools, liners, pads, etc.) See - Midwifery Supplies Canada.com They are based out of Vancouver and offer great prices and responsive delivery.

Birth Pool Rentals
- see midwifery clinics or Chelsea Reid 250-792-3097
Email:chelseareiddoula@hotmail.com

For info on how to choose a birth pool:
- Canadian Birth Products

RECREATION CENTRES

Recreation centres are the heart of any active community, and those in the Comox Valley are no different. There are usually several childcare programs, moms & babies programs. Check out each links website! The major centers are: The Comox Recreation Centre
The Courtenay Recreation Centre


DIAPER GYMS
Finding the perfect place for your infant or toddler to make friends, play and have fun can be tough work.

Be sure to check out Comox Valley Early Years Centre ValleyChild.ca for all services and resources available for care of children 0-5 year of age.

One great resource for new parents is Baby Talk!
This great program just re-opened in Courtenay at the Lewis Centre Recreational Center.By loonie donation (not required), just bring a blanket for your baby to lie on while we meet, socialize and learn about the latest parenting information with guest speakers. Come for a relaxing time. There is a weigh scale for babies if parents want to weigh their baby and time for asking any kind of questions. Dads or support people are welcome to attend.

Here are a few other spots to try (keep in mind that some programs change venues, locations and times quite frequently.) Valley Child.ca will help you get the most up to date information!:

The Comox Recreation Centre has diaper gym options for kiddos ages newborn to 4. Fees vary.

The Comox Military Family Resource Center has programs for military families, parents, spouses and youth

Courtenay Recreation has multiple programs for kids under the age of 5, including a diaper gym for those ages 1 to 3. Fees vary.

The Cumberland Recreation Centre has a Parents & Tots program for kids ages birth to 5 years old. It runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at CRC, 2665 Dunsmuir, and costs $2 per child.

The Comox United Church , 250 Beach in Comox, hosts Activities such as Tot Stop for parents and pre-school age kiddos from 10 a.m. to Noon Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $1. Call 339-3966 for information.

The Black Creek Community Association offers a FREE Parent & Peanut program from 10:30 a.m. to Noon Thursdays at the BCCA building on Black Creek Road.

The Comox Valley Child Development Association hosts a parent and tot group at the Child Development Association Building, 237 3rd St., in Courtenay. Kids ages birth to age 3 are invited to join in with songs, play time, snacks for the kids and coffee for moms and dads. Free.

The Comox Valley Child Development Association also hosts a free parent and tot play group for families with children who have special needs at the CVCDA building, 237 3rd. St., in Courtenay. Call 338-4288 for more information.

SPECIAL NEEDS

The Comox Valley Child Development Association

The Autism Spectrum Support Group of the Comox Valley meets once a month to talk about issues or listen to guest speakers. For more info, touch base with Emma at 890-3277 or Jane at janegadsby@shaw.ca
The Autism Society of BC is another resource.

The Developmental Disabilities Association of BC
The Learning Disabilities Association of BC
Children’s Wish
National Education Association of Disabled Students

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Organized groups for kids to participate in and learn from in the Comox Valley. Here are a few:
The Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club

LINC Youth Centre

PUBLIC EDUCATION

EARLY EDUCATION
Sponsored by School District 71, the StrongStart early education program is a comprehensive learning program for kids age 1 to 5 and their parents, working together to teach stories, music, and crafts to help children grow linguistically, physically and socially, and become comfortable as they get closer to kindergarten.

The StrongStart Centres at Courtenay Elementary, Brooklyn Elementary and Queneesh Elementary are open Monday -Friday, with the free drop-in program running from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.

You can also engage your toddlers and preschoolers with Mother Goose programs sponsored by the school district. These hour-long, free programs are designed to promote language and reading skills as well as socialization for tots before entering kindergarten. Please check with your neighbourhood school for specific details.

- School District 71 - The public school district for the Comox Valley
- Navigate-NIDES is a distance or homeschool program offering "blended" K-12 programming (part online, part at campus).
- Comox Valley Montessori Society - Montessori education for early grades run through School District 71 at Queneesh Elementary.
- Saltwater Waldorf School For Grades 1-6

LIBRARIES
The Vancouver Island Regional Library District maintains library branches in just about every municipality in the region including two large libraries in Comox and Courtenay as well as smaller branches in Union Bay, Cumberland and other municipalities.

OUT OF TOWN RESOURCES
Sometimes our clients give birth in Nanaimo or other areas and need resources there. Here are some helpful services!

Nanaimo IBCLC Lactation consultant, Dorian Gordon Blissful Beginnings

VIHA PREGNANCY PAGE - many resources down the left hand side of this page. Find prenatal classes and other perinatal resources in your area at VIHA Pregnancy Page