Information about pregnancy,
birth, newborns and more
It is ALWAYS your right to feel safe with the care you are being provided.
We want you to be aware of Bill 21 and its purpose of protecting patients from sexual abuse or misconduct.
I’m Pregnant, What Are My Options?
When to Call Your Midwife
General Prenatal Education Websites
Common Discomforts in Pregnancy
Bleeding and Cramping (Rh)
Nutrition/ Food Safety
Building Incredible Babies (403) 343-6400
BIBs is a no cost voluntary program to assist pregnant people with nutrition, healthy choices & pregnancy support. Prenatal vitamins and grocery gift cards can be provided for families experiencing financial challenges. To qualify you must be under 28 weeks gestation and live in Central Alberta.
Book: Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Iron Deficiency Anemia and You (other languages available)
Sheila Kitzinger: Birth Crisis
Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus: When Survivors give birth: Understanding and healing effects of early sexual abuse for childbearing women
Pam England & Rob Horowitz: Birthing from Within
Kim Thomas: Birth Trauma: A guide for You, Your Friends and Family to Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following Birth
Travel in Pregnancy
Working During Pregnancy
Activity and Exercise
Book: Real Food for Gestational Diabetes by Lily Nichols
Immunization in Pregnancy
Planning for Labour
Online Prenatal Class with Holliday Tyson, RM
Many doulas provide prenatal education within their services.
Government of Canada
Group B Streptoccocus
Optimal Fetal Positioning
Labour & Birth
Choice of Birth Place
We also have multiple books in our lending library.
Where to Purchase Supplies
- Past midwifery clients who have not used their waterbirth kit will sometimes sell them on the Prairie Midwives Mom’s facebook group
- Birth Supplies Canada Inc.
Assisted Vaginal Birth
Managing Early Labour
Where to Rent a TENS machine
Coping with Pain and Fear in Labour
When to Call Your Midwife in Labour
Skin to Skin
Newborn & Postpartum
When your friends and family ask what you may need for when the baby comes one of the best gifts is food! This can be in the form of homemade meals and snacks or there are multiple delivery meal box options available.
See the section “Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health”
Pelvic Floor Health
This topic is in the postpartum section as it is more frequently discussed during this time period. Pelvic health though is applicable to all stages of pregnancy. More and more physiotherapists offer pelvic floor physiotherapy. Speak to your midwife for suggestions.
Not everyone needs to or should do kegels. If you do, this is a great video on how to properly do kegels. A pelvic floor physiotherapist is the most appropriate professional to advise on to kegel or not to kegel.
Newborn Vitamin K
Newborn Feeding – Breast or Chest Feeding
Newborn Erythromycin Eye Ointment
In Person Lactation Support
Breastfeeding Mother’s Drop-In Groups Red Deer
- New Life Fellowship Church: 7720-52 Ave Red Deer Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 pm
- Sunnybrook United Church: 12 Stanton St., Red Deer Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00 am
- La Leche League Meetings
Where to Rent Breast Pumps:
- Contact your local pharmacies. Many also sell breast pumps and supplies.
- Contact your local community health centre
- Millerdale Pharmacy (403) 342-1434
- London Drugs (403) 342-5222
- Plaza IDA Pharmacy (403) 340-3784
- Sobeys (2110 55th Ave) (403) 348-0858
Normal Newborn Behaviours, Newborn Care & Safety
Car Seat Safety
- Registration of Birth: Your midwife will give you the Registration of Birth form to fill out to register your baby’s birth. You will need the birth parent’s social insurance number to apply for child tax benefits. This form will also be used to give your baby a social insurance number and the card will be mailed to you.
- Alberta Health Card: After your baby is born your midwife will give you a temporary health card for your baby. The baby’s Alberta Health Card will be mailed to you. If you do not receive it within a month following your baby’s birth please contact Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) office. If you had an out of hospital birth your baby’s name may not be on the card that is mailed to you. Once vital statistics receives the Registration of Birth form and it is processed you will be sent a new health card with the baby’s name on it.
- Birth Certificate: A birth certificate is not a document that is often needed immediately. To order a birth certificate you will need to go to a registry office. To learn more about registration of birth and birth certificates, call Service Alberta toll-free at 310-0000, then dial 780-427-7013, or visit the website
- Alberta Child Health Benefit: Low income families can apply to this program to get eyeglasses, prescription drugs, and dental care for their kids. Visit here for more info.
Book : Taking Charge of Your Own Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler
Parent Groups/Family Support
- OvaGraph – Official Taking Care of Your Own Fertility App (Fertility Tracking)
- Mind the Bump – a free mindfulness meditation app to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.
- OMama – OMama is a website and a mobile application (app) that connects women and families to trusted, evidence-informed healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting information.
- Contraction Timer and Counter 9m – this is one of many examples of a contraction timing app
- The Wonder Weeks – This is an app based on a book to provide parents with a personalized weekly calendar of your baby’s mental development that will keep you informed about the leaps and bounds and the fussy phases of your baby.
Benefits for Low Income Albertans
Complementary Modalities – Acupuncture
Complementary Modalities – Chiropractic
Complementary Modalities – Massage
Complementary Modalities – Physiotherapy
Comprehensive List of Pregnancy and Birth Books
Prairie Midwives clients please ask your midwife for book recommendations and feel free to access our lending library in the clinic.
Family Violence Hotline: 1-888-346-5643
Finding a Family Doctor
Health Link: Dial 811
Medications, Herbs, Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine Use in Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding
Poison & Drug Information Service (PADIS) 1(800) 332-1414
Red Deer 49th Street Community Health Center: Addiction and Mental Health Services Phone number: (403) 314-5225
Addiction Helpline 24 Hour Line (866) 332-2322
Smoker’s Helpline (866) 710-7848
Alcoholics Anonymous: (403) 347-8650 – Find a Meeting
Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health
Red Deer 49 Street Community Health Centre – Addiction and Mental Health Services: Provides in person one on one counselling in both the prenatal and postpartum period. You can call and book an appointment on your own or your midwife can send in a referral.
Mental Health Hotline: 1-877-303-2642 (Toll Free)
Distress Centre 1-403-266-4357 24 hour support, counselling and resources
Cara McGinnis Counselling: 1-403-352-5042