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Perinatal Program - for Mom and baby

A Partnership for safe birthing in the North

The Perinatal Program is one of five region-wide clinical programs Northern Health has established to help us deliver high-quality services for the people we serve. Our program includes childbearing women and their families from conception through pregnancy, delivery, post partum, newborn, and early parenting stages.

We will provide resources and information to you and your family at this very special time.

Prenatal and postpartum care is available in most communities across Northern Health, intrapartum services (birthing services) are provided in 12 centres. In Northern Health, we deliver an average of 3,500 babies each year.

Read more about community services in your area.

The Northern Health Perinatal program is co-led by Viva Swanson, RN, Viva.Swanson@northernhealth.ca, and Dr. Brian Galliford MD., R.C.P.S.C.

The Perinatal Program Guidance Council provides advisement on the development and recommendations of standards, policies, plans, and quality improvement processes related to the Perinatal program area. The Perinatal Program aims to:

  • Provide safe perinatal care as close to home as possible;
  • Provide excellence in perinatal practice;
  • Focus on teamwork and collaboration as key components of our work; and
  • Provide women and family-centered care.

We proudly participate in the Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently program (MOREOB). Patient safety is our first and collective priority. Visit the MOREOB website for further information at www.moreob.com

Read more information in our Annual Report.


Additional Resources

  • Prenatal Registry - Northern Health Preventive Public Health staff are expert health care providers and, in collaboration with community service partners, are dedicated to providing services and support with a focus on early childhood health, development, education and family well-being. Prenatal Registry Programs include: a registration questionnaire to screen for risks that may affect the health of pregnant women and their families; prenatal education information and resources; and pregnancy and parenting support and referral from a public health nurse to promote a healthy pregnancy.
  • Perinatal Services BC - The PSBC provides consultation and education for health professionals across the province who provide care for mothers and babies.
  • Pregnancy Passport - The Pregnancy Passport includes information for expectant mothers relating to your needs throughout pregnancy, birth and after your baby is born. Ask your doctor, midwife, or local health unit for a Pregnancy Passport.
  • Baby's Best ChanceBaby's Best Chance - Baby's Best Chance Parents' Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care is published by the Government of B.C. and acts as a main guide to having a healthy pregnancy and giving your baby a good start in life.
  • Healthy Weights for Women - This book gives important information for women when they are planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and after giving birth (post partum).
  • Penny Simkin - Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labour support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 11,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She is the producer of several birth-related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for both parents and professionals.
  • Child Health BC - Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children's Hospital, is dedicated to ensuring the one million children and youth in British Columbia have access to a consistent and high standard of health care, wherever they live in the province. Our network, linking the province's five regional health authorities, the Provincial Health Services Authority, health professionals and care facilities, is committed to excellence in the care of infants, children and youth.
  • Canadian Paediatric Society - The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.


Executive Lead:
Viva Swanson

Medical Lead:
Dr. Brian Galliford


Midwifery and other services


Did you know that midwifery care is covered by your BC Medical Services Plan? A Registered Midwife (RM) is a highly trained specialist in pregnancy, labour, and the first six weeks of postpartum.

Northern Health Breastfeeding Support Network

  • Thursday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Northern Interior Health Unit, 1444 Edmonton St., Prince George, 250-565-7311
  • Peer-to-peer support