From conception to delivery, a pathway to maternity care providers.

The BC Medical Services Plan covers maternity care provided by a Family Doctor, Obstetrician or a Midwife. For your main maternity care provider in Chilliwack, you can choose to see a Family Doctor specializing in obstetrics or a Registered Midwife. Obstetricians do not offer primary care in Chilliwack, but your doctor may involve them if your pregnancy is or becomes higher risk like twins, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

The image below shows when you could see each type of provider and when this may change. The triangles in the image show the pathway to each type of provider. For example, if you have a low-risk, healthy pregnancy, your main maternity care provider may be a Chilliwack Obstetrical Group Family Doctor or a Registered Midwife.

NEW! Chilliwack Childbirth Program prenatal education classes are on now. Visit our Prenatal Education page for more information.

Family Doctor

Your regular Family Doctor you have had all your life may provide your prenatal care in which case they already know you well and will be excited to share this experience with you.

If your family doctor does not provide prenatal care they will refer you to someone who does.

Or, perhaps you have been referred to a new family doctor who will get to know you and your growing family.

Chilliwack Obstetrical Group (COGs) or a Family Doctor Specializing in Pregnancy

Currently only select family doctors provide care to pregnant women in Chilliwack.

The Chilliwack Obstetrical Group (COGs) is a group of family doctors who provide prenatal, delivery and postnatal services to women. The group delivers over half of the babies in Chilliwack and all their deliveries are at Chilliwack General Hospital. COGs also provides outreach care in Hope in collaboration with Registered Midwives.

If you would like to self-refer to the Chilliwack Obstetrical Group, click here. If you have a family doctor or have been to a Walk-in Clinic be sure to ask their office to forward any ultrasound or lab work to your COGs doctor or ask for your own copy to give to them.

Obstetrician (OB)

Provides care for high-risk pregnancies (e.g. carrying twins). A referral to see an OB is needed. OBs are doctors with special education and training in the medical management of pregnancy, labour, and birth. They are qualified to manage complications. In Chilliwack, an Obstetrician does not provide primary maternity care but will act as a consultant to your Family Doctor or Registered Midwife if you experience complications.

Registered Midwife

Midwives provide care for healthy, low-risk pregnancies from early pregnancy onward, and up to six weeks after you have given birth, including breastfeeding support. You don’t need a referral and they are regulated and registered through a professional college. Midwives are in high demand so be sure to call their offices as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. If you have a family doctor or have been to a Walk-in Clinic be sure to ask their office to forward any ultrasound or lab work to your midwife’s office or ask for your own copy to give to them.

Midwives available in Chilliwack:

Family First Midwifery & Wellness

For a list of Registered Midwives visit the Midwives Association of BC website.

Birth and After Birth Support

Doulas provide non-medical physical and emotional support before, during, and after birth. Please note that doulas do not do deliveries and costs are not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan, but may be covered with Aboriginal status.

Learn about delivering your baby in Chilliwack