For BC Women & Families

Optimal Birth BC provides research-based information and resources to pregnant women and their families to support them in making decisions about childbirth.

Information Pamphlets

Optimal Birth develops information pamphlets about options for childbirth.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) in BC
Women who have had a previous cesarean birth often have questions about their next birth. Our brochure explains risks and benefits of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) in British Columbia.

When Labour Starts
Early labour is a normal part of the birthing process. Our brochure explains what early labour is, what you can expect, what to do, and when you should call your doctor or midwife and go to the hospital.

I want a Healthy Vaginal Birth
If you are planning to have a vaginal birth, you should be aware of ways to increase your chances of having a healthy and positive birth experience. This pamphlet highlights information about prenatal care to improve the likelihood of a healthy vaginal birth.

Having an Epidural
This pamphlet highlights information about managing pain during labour and specifically, information on epidural use.


College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
Find a family doctor in BC.

Midwives Association of BC
Find a midwife in BC.

BC College of Midwives
Find out more about how midwives practice in BC.

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Learn about Canadian guidelines for maternity care practice.

Perinatal Services BC
Issues online quarterly reports in perinatal health and maternity care. They also post guidelines for obstetric care practice.

Lamaze International
Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

Giving Birth with Confidence Blog
An online community, created by Lamaze International, written for and by women (and men) with a variety of stories, articles and tips related to pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Science and Sensibility
A blog discussing research related to healthy pregnancy, birth & beyond, from Lamaze International.

Healthy Families BC
A website offering information about pregnancy, normal birth and child care from the Government of British Columbia.

Childbirth Connection
A not-for-profit organization in the United States that has worked to improve the quality of maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918.

The Power to Push website from BC Women’s Hospital
Provides up-to-date resources for pregnant women and their families in BC.