Helpful Handouts

A selection of important information for mothers in our care.

helpful handouts


Breastfeeding videos and instruction provided by the International Breastfeeding Centre.

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Prenatal Education

Birth & Babies (Alberta Health Services, Perinatal Education)Childbirth and Parenting Education is one part of the Alberta Health Services maternity care and service. The Childbirth Education Program works with your physician and other Alberta Health Services maternity services personnel to ensure that you receive a seamless service and the most accurate and up to date information.

Healthy Parents. Healthy Children A guide to pregnancy and being a parent. What You Will Find On Healthy Parents, Healthy Children: Alberta Health Services asked expectant and new parents what they wanted to learn and invited health experts from across Alberta to contribute. It is a clear and accessible guide for first-time mothers and families.

Birthing from Within Birthing from Within exists to inspire and teach expectant and new parents, and those who work with them, to prepare for birth as a transformative Rite of Passage. Their holistic approach can also help with emotionally difficult births through compassionate, honest preparation.  

Shannon Kary, RN. Birthing from Within Mentor 403-816-7832

Healthy Birth Choices Healthy Birth Choices offers comprehensive prenatal classes, including online and video-based classes. Their goal is to provide expectant parents with the knowledge and strategies necessary to create an optimal pregnancy, labour and birth experience.

Prenatal Health & Education

Miles Circuit This series of positions is excellent at helping relieve pressure on the low back, and possibly turn a mal-positioned baby if the pregnant person is having back labor. It's an excellent tool to use in Early Labor to help ensure your baby is in an excellent position, and the pregnant one gets to rest for the first part! The circuit can be used to help regulate or speed up a labor that has gotten erratic or has slowed down.

Her Nutrition Nutrition simplified. Your body changes as you develop and age. So do your nutritional requirements. This website is filled with evidence-based information about nutrition for women and girls at various stages of life, to help guide you and your family towards achieving your best nutritional health.

Prenatal Nutrition - Health Canada A woman's nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, influences the health of her developing baby. Eating well, combined with taking a daily multivitamin, can give a woman the nutrients she needs to feel good, have energy, and support a healthy pregnancy. See Health Canada's Key Recommendations for Prenatal Nutrition.

Spinning Babies: Easier Birth with Fetal Positioning  Spinning Babies leads women through activities in pregnancy to prepare for a straightforward, even easier birth. Muscles that may have gotten short and tight from sitting and driving or a previous accident are lengthened and softened. In labor, there are techniques to help this and to open the pelvis right where baby needs some extra space.

Birthing & Waterbirth Guidelines

The Arbour Birth Centre The Arbour Birth Center is an independent facility specifically designed to be a safe and comfortable place for women and their families to give birth, and which reflects and supports the Midwifery Model of Care.

Calgary Doula Association The Calgary Doula Association is committed to providing emotional, physical and knowledge-based support for women and their families during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period while promoting a positive, informed birth experience.

Guideline for the Use of Water in Labour and Birth The British Columbia College of Midwives has reviewed the best available evidence and offers this guideline to assist midwives and women in their decision-making process around the use of water immersion for labour and birth.  The body of evidence in this area is small but growing. College of Midwives of British Columbia

Immersion in Water for Labour and Birth The Royal College of Midwives supports labouring in water for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. The evidence to support underwater birth is less clear but complications are seemingly rare. If good practice guidelines are followed in relation to infection control, management of cord rupture and strict adherence to eligibility criteria, these complications should be further reduced.

Royal College of Midwives


BreastFeeding Inc. Breastfeeding Inc's aim is to empower parents by making available the most up-to-date information about breastfeeding. Many free information sheets, video clips, and articles are available at their website. 

La Leche League International LLL Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.

Calgary Mothers Milk Bank Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank is a community based, not-for-profit organization that provides screened and pasteurized donor human milk to babies in need when mother’s own milk is not available.

Birth Narratives - Counselling and Birth-Story Listening Birth Narratives offers specialized counselling services for: birth trauma, birth stress, prenatal and postpartum depression & anxiety.  We also offer general counselling suited to your needs from preconception through parenthood.


Alberta Association of Midwives The Alberta Association of Midwives educates the public about the benefits of midwifery care and supports the growing number of Registered Midwives in Alberta. Follow this link to see their infographic onthe Value of Midwives in Alberta.

Canadian Association of Midwives CAM is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery as a regulated, publicly funded and vital part of the primary maternity care system in all provinces and territories.

Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium The Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (CMRC) is a network of midwifery regulatory authorities from Canadian provinces and territories where midwifery is regulated.

College of Midwives of Alberta The College is the regulatory organization ensuring quality midwifery services in Alberta and the safety of expectant mothers and their babies.

Homebirth Research

Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife vs. planned hospital birth with midwife or physician

Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of mortality and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Outcomes associated with planned home and planned hospital births attended by midwives

Midwives who were integrated into the health care system with good access to emergency services, consultation, and transfer of care provided care resulting in favorable outcomes for women planning both home or hospital births.

Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

Perinatal mortality and morbidity in planned home and hospital births

This study shows that planned home births do not increase the risks of perinatal mortality and severe perinatal morbidity among low-risk women, provided the maternity care system facilitates this choice throughout the availability of well-trained midwives and through a good transportation and referral system.

An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology