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NEWS RELEASE · 11th May 2010
M. of Healthy Living & Sport
Pregnant women, expectant parents and those with newborns and toddlers now have easier access to reliable information about healthy pregnancies, early child care and parental self care, as a result of a comprehensive new government website - www.bestchance.gov.bc.ca - announced Healthy Living and Sport Minister Ida Chong.

"The Best Chance website is a user-friendly, engaging resource providing current information and advice to help guide B.C. parents from pregnancy through the toddler years," said Chong. "New parents can bookmark and reference this site to give them a one-stop shop for easily-accessible and accurate information."

This new tool is an interactive site especially designed to support women's general health, pregnancy planning and pregnancy, as well as parenting and infant and toddler care up to three years of age. It was developed as an up-to-date follow-up to the widely acclaimed Baby's Best Chance and Toddler's First Steps publications, both of which have been recognized provincially and across Canada as outstanding resources offering practical, easily-understood information for women and their families about nutrition, safety, child development, health and wellness and parenting.

Today's announcement also launched the Pregnancy Passport - a small booklet to provide expectant women with practical and useful information about the care they can expect to receive during pregnancy, birth and the period following birth. The passport is a resource published by Perinatal Services BC, in partnership with the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport and provincial health authorities and is available from primary care providers, including family physicians and public health offices.

"With the input of health professionals and care providers including physicians, midwives, and nurses, this unique booklet has been developed specifically for pregnant women and supports them to be an active participant in their care throughout their pregnancy as they are supported by their care provider," said Kim Williams, provincial executive director, Perinatal Services BC, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

In addition, a newly-revised version of Baby's Best Chance: Parent's Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care, funded by a one-time grant provided by Child Health BC, will be available through local health authorities to accompany information found on the Best Chance website.

Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children's Hospital, is a network of health authorities and health-care providers dedicated to excellence in the care of infants, children and youth in British Columbia. In January 2007, the Overwaitea Food Group became the lead benefactor for Child Health BC with a $20-million pledge of support to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. The foundation continues to raise funds to support Child Health BC, ensuring all B.C. children have access to a consistent standard of pediatric care, no matter where in the province they live.

"Becoming a new parent is an exciting time, but it also comes with challenges," said Chong. "The new Best Chance website, the latest edition of Baby's Best Chance and the new Pregnancy Passport will help B.C. parents find the information they need to face those challenges and give their children the healthiest starts in life."

The Best Chance website can be found at www.bestchance.gov.bc.ca.