Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Resources and Links

This section contains the following resources:

Surrey Active Mums

We are Surrey Active Mums, we meet up every week. We do lots of different actives such as walking, jogging, playdates, toddler walks etc. More information can be found on either or Facebook.

Breastfeeding Resources

Online Breastfeeding Classes

Dallas Parsons, RD, IBCLC


Phone: 778-874-9251

Address: 2307 130th Street, Surrey

Office consultation: $65.00/hour ***FEE MAY BE COVERED AS A DIETITIAN SERVICE***

In-home consultation: Rates vary.

  1. I am very experienced, having helped hundreds of moms and babies, AND breastfed my own 4 children.
  2. I provide personal, tailored, evidence-based consultations in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
  3. I am located in South Surrey, have flexible appointment times and can see moms with short notice.





Breast pumps are available for rent or purchase from most of the local major pharmacies such as London Drugs and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Best Beginnings: Free Breastfeeding classes for pregnant moms.  To sign up call your local health unit.  This is a free 2 hour class taught by a public health nurse designed for pregnant mom’s wanting to learn about and prepare for breastfeeding. See local health unit listings for contact information.

Public Health nurses are available who have specialized training in breastfeeding practice at most of the local public health units. These are located at the Cloverdale, Guildford, Langley, South Surrey/White rock, and North Surrey Public Health Units.

Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre(physician consults.) 604-736-1912

Flow Baby: Private Breast Feeding Support Services.  Niki Paxton RN.

[email protected] Phone 604-996-4717

Public Health Unit Contact Information

White Rock/South Surrey Public Health Unit
15476 Vine Avenue
White Rock, B.C. V4B 5M2
Phone: 604.542.4000
Fax: 604.542.4009

Cloverdale Public Health Unit
17700 56 Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3S 1C7
Phone: 604.575.5100
Fax: 604.574.3738

North Surrey Public Health Unit
10362 King George Boulevard
Surrey, B.C. V3T 2W5
Phone: 604.587.7900
Fax: 604.582.4811

North Delta Public Health Unit
11245 84 Avenue
Delta, BC, V4C 2L9
Phone: 604-507-5400


Childbirth and Prenatal Classes

Douglas College:  phone 604-527-5472
Teen Prenatal Classes: Contact White Rock Public Health Unit.

Aman Turre. RN. MSN. Phone 604-306-9082. Email [email protected].  “Baby Steps Prenatal Education”.  Private and Group Classes. In your home or at Peace Arch Hospital.

Ruth Kerr. RN. BSN. .[email protected]. 604-583-7871. Private and group prenatal classes.  Location: 13582 68th Ave. “My Prenatal Classes”.
Healthiest Babies Possible.  This is a free local support group and pregnancy class run by our local public health nurses for women with additional pregnancy risks such as young age, mental health issues, social isolation, abuse, substance abuse, single parenthood, financial concerns, or multiple pregnancy.  Tel 604-583-1017. Email: [email protected]. 6846 King George Blvd. Surrey.

Best Beginnings: Free Breastfeeding Classes for Expectant Moms.  Contact your local public health unit to sign up for this free class.

Surrey YMCA.  Instructor Tracy Armstrong B.A., Be. Ed., CD (DONA)

Punjabi prenatal classes.  A free prenatal class offered in Punjabi through public health.  Run out of Surrey Memorial Hospital.  Phone 604-587-7921 for more information.


Childcare Resource and Referral Program. 604-572-8032. Local resource which can help you find daycare for your child.


Exercise in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Fit to Deliver
Tong Louie YMCA:  604-575-9622
South Surrey Recreation Centre: 604-501-5050
Surrey Parks, Recreation, and Culture 604-501-5000
White Rock Recreation Centre: leisure guide

Fraser Health Authority

Fraser Health Authority website

Genetic Screening Resources

Health Insurance BC

MSP/Pharmacare. 604-683-7151

Health Link BC

The nurse line. Dial 811. A trained nurse proves answers to health related questions about symptoms, health concerns, recommended course of action and when to see a professional. Open 24 hours.

Healthy Eating

Medications and Drug Exposure in Pregnancy

Medications and Drug Exposure in Pregnancy.  Run out of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. They provide information about the safety and risks of medications in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 1-800-436-8477


Crisis Lines

Parent Help line – 1-888-603-9100
South Fraser Region Crisis Line 604-951-8855
Multicultural Crisis Line 604-572-4060
South Asian Crisis Line 604-596-4357
MCFD Afterhours line 604-660-8180
Durrant House 24 hour crisis line 604-531-4430
Shimai House 24 hour crisis line 604-591-9100

Local Family and Parenting Supports, includes some emergency resources

Atira Women’s resource society. Rediscover parenting class. A 15 week parenting support group for women who have been impacted by abuse in their lives. Tel 604-531-9143. [email protected]

Alexandra Neighborhood house.  604-538-5060

Crescent Beach Community Services. 604-535-0015. Located at Camp Alexandra in Crescent beach this is a neighborhood house that offers drop in for parents and children, parenting programs, and a clothing exchange.

DIVERSEcity. 604-597-0205

Healthiest Babies possible 10256 154 St Surrey. 604-583-1017

Metis Family services. 604-584-6621

Options Community Cervices Society. Tel: 604-596-4321. Links you to
many of the other services listed. Includes information about childcare services, counselling services, employment services, crisis line, family and child services, health services, housing services, immigrant services, mental health services, shelter services.

Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre. Serving women and their children who have been impacted by violence, abuse, or substance use. Free lunch available. Drop in centre. Medical and Nursing Care. Counselling and parenting support. Access and referral to other support groups and community resources. Support for securing housing, social benefits, and advocacy. Tel 604-587-3835. 13729 92nd avenue. Surrey.

Surrey Women’s Centre. 604-589-1868. 604-583-1295. 10075 136A Street Surrey.

Sources Community Resource Centre. 604-531-62264

South Fraser Women’s Services Society. 604-536-9611. Includes shower and laundry facilities.

Low cost services, employment, housing, legal resources

BC Bus pass program 1866-866-0800
Community Housing Services. 604-590-7368
Community Legal assistance 604-685-3425
Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance.
Housing and Social Development offices. Surrey. 604-586-5600.
Employment Insurance Information Line 1-800-206-7218

Mental Health Resources

After Hours Mental Health Services: 1-877-384-8062

BC Mental Health Information Line: 604-669-7600

BC Psychological Association: 604-730-0522. This association refers the public to a registered psychologist in BC. Referral services are free. Cost for counseling is determined by individual counsellors.

BC Reproductive Mental Health Program:  A program run out of some of the local hospitals which provides mental health care specially tailored to issues around reproductive health including depression in pregnancy, postpartum depression, and pregnancy loss. Usually requires a physician referral.

Grief and Loss. BC Bereavement Helpline: 604-738-9950.

Langley Mental Health Center: 604-514-7940

Local Psychologists and Counselors:
Beth Johnson MSW, RCC. Ph: 604-418-2724. (Has a background in eating disorders)
Jennifer Mervyn
Bonnie Mason. RSQ. Ph: 604-536-0733
Lori Cholowski. MSW. Ph: 604-818-8905
Sandra Kight RCC. MSW. Ph: 604-541-8816

Mental Health Information Line. 604-669-7600. This phone line provides pre-recorded messages on symptoms and causes of mental illness, treatments and support groups.

Ministry of Child and Family Development – Child and Youth Mental Health – 604-542-3900

Pacific Postpartum Support Society Helpline
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Depression

PACS Counseling Services. Peace Arch community services. 882 Maple Street White Rock.  PACS offers professional one to one and group counselling for life transitions, relationship struggles, childhood issues, anger, stress, grief, depression. Services are free. 604-538-2522.

Peace Portal Counseling Services. Ph: 604-542-2501. Open 8:30-4:30 weekdays.

Sources (Alcohol Counseling). 604-538-2522

Surrey Mental Health Centre. 604-953-4900

Trauma Counseling Program. South Fraser women’s services society. 604-536-9611. Offers individual and group counseling to women who have experience violence.

White Rock/South Surrey Mental Health Center. 604-541-6844. 15521 Russell Ave. Russell Unit. Peace Arch Hospital. 605-541-6844.

Provides Community Mental Health Services for adults. Multidisciplinary teams consisting of nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners, and social workers offer assessment and screening, treatment and counselling, supportive case management, pharmacotherapy, consultative services, assertive case management services, and referrals. The Community Residential Program offers a variety of supported housing options. Rehabilitation Services can also be accessed through mental health centres. The Group Therapy Program provides short-term cognitive behavioural therapy; referral through a general practitioner or self-referral through central intake. Also offers an open 16-week men’s anger management group in partnership with Langley Mental Health Centre. Group runs from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm Wednesdays and serves both Langley and White Rock/South Surrey patients; self-referrals welcome. Serves White Rock and South Surrey. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Postpartum Mom and Baby Classes

These classes are an excellent chance to learn about parenting your newborn and to make new friends with women who have babies the same age as yours. Offered out your local public health unit these are usually four classes, run once per week starting when your baby is 6-12 weeks old during which you meet with a nurse and other mom’s with their babies. Many new moms continue to meet with their mom and baby group socially after the classes are over.

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Birth
Fraser Health Authority Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy Clinic: Jim Pattison Outpatient Surgery and Care Centre, Surrey. (604) 582-4559

Local Obstetricians

Dr. Cheryl Wilson
Dr. Kerstin Gustafson
Dr. Shelin Tkatch
300-2626 Croydon
Surrey, BC V3S 0S8
Phone: 604-531-3915

Dr. Roy Jackson
15157 Roper Ave
White Rock, BC
V4B 5C9
Phone: 604-531-8707

Parenting Resources

Parenting Books

1, 2, 3 Magic: Effective discipline for children 2-12, Thomas W. Phelan
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two, William Sears M.D. and Martha Sears R.N.
The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever, Daniel N. Stern, Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, and Alison Freeland
CMA Complete book of Mother and Baby Care, Lewis Younger
Children The Challenge, Rudolf Dreikurs
Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
Dr. Spock’s The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2, Benjamin, M.D. Spock and Martine T. Stein
Your Baby and Child: from Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition), Penelope Leach
The Happiest Baby on the Block: the New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer, Harvey MP Karp
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Marc Weissbluth, MD
Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with stress, depression and burnout, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Mother of All Baby Books, Ann Douglas
The No-Cry Sleep Solution : Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, Elizabeth Pantley
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate With Your Baby, Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau
What to Expect the First Year, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway, and Heidi Murkoff

Year after childbirth: Surviving and enjoying the first year of motherhood, Sheila Kitzinger


Physiomoves physiotherapy clinic

Diane Lee & Associates. 300-1688 152nd street. White rock. 604-538-8338.

Semiahmoo Physiotherapy. #680 – 15355 24th Ave. Surrey BC. Tel 604-531-8080

Physiolife. #215-2411 160yh St. South Surrey.  Grandview Corners, above TD bank. Tel 778-294-0075.

Pregnancy and Birth Websites

Smoking Cessation

Go Smoke Free!
Quit Now! Phone 1-877-455-2233

Poison Centre


Ultrasounds – private



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