Within the FPMS, you may choose the kind of care that is best for you and your family. All initial visits with a FPMS doctor are one-on-one.
Connecting Pregnancy Care
- Connecting Pregnancy is an innovative program that combines medical care and prenatal education in a group setting. It combines the health checks with education, to empower women to take care of themselves, and to encourage women to learn from each other. It’s “one-stop shopping” for your prenatal care and learning.
- You will be invited to join a group of 10-12 women with a similar due month to yours, starting around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
- Connecting group meetings last 2 hours and are organized in the early evening, to accommodate parents with daytime work commitments.
- The group is guided by an FPMS doctor and a childbirth educator, who will remain with that group for the whole series of meetings. 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 prenatal nutrition, 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 that often stays connected after the babies all arrive. Your partner or support person is welcome to attend.
- The fee for this program is $250, similar to most prenatal classes. If you would like to participate in Connecting Pregnancy, but are experiencing financial need, please speak with our administrative assistant or your FPMS doctor.
Traditional Pregnancy Care
- Prenatal care occurs at the BC Women’s Hospital clinic or at one of the FPMS doctors’ offices.
- You will see the same doctor for most of your pregnancy care.
- At your prenatal visits, you can discuss your concerns, find out more about your baby, and learn how to be as healthy as possible.
- At each visit, you and your baby will have a check-up. We welcome questions and discussion
- Prenatal visits occur once a month until about 7 months (30 weeks). After that, you see your doctor every 2 weeks until 8 months (36 weeks), and then weekly until your birth.
Traditional Postpartum and Newborn Care
- A few days after going home, you will need to see a doctor to check on your recovery and the baby’s well being.
- You will have the opportunity to ask questions, work on newborn feeding, and talk about your concerns that you may have.
- In the first few weeks after the birth, you and your baby will return to the care of your usual family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor, we will help you find one.
- It is a privilege to help you during this special time and we thank you for the opportunity to share in this life-changing moment.
Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program (YPPP)
Some of our doctors provide care to young mothers under the age of 24 (particularly teen moms) in the YPPP program located at Robert and Lily Lee Family Community Health Center. Learn more about YPPP.
Some of our doctors work at Sheway, a program in the Downtown Eastside, which provides lunch, social services, and medical care to pregnant women and mothers with current or past substance use. Learn more about Sheway.
Perinatal Addictions Service and Fir Square
FPMS doctors provide complete pregnancy care for women with current or past problems with substance use through these programs at BCWH. There are outpatient clinics or women can stay in hospital on Fir Square. These programs help women and their newborns stabilize and withdraw from substances, keeping mothers and babies together whenever possible.
Meet the Doctors Night
This evening event is an opportunity for expectant parents to meet the doctors who may be involved in the birth of their child. Learn more about Meet the Doctors Night.
To make a referral for our services, please complete our referral form or call us at 604-875-3436.