Maternity + Obstetrics (Pregnancy + Childbirth)

A family-centred service where approximately 1,800 women from around the Lower Mainland choose to deliver their babies each year.


Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated.”, we provide comprehensive maternity and neonatal services for both low-risk and high-risk mothers-to-be and newborns. The Maternity Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital boasts the province’s only cardiac and renal obstetrical programs, supporting pregnant women with cardiac or renal issues. We are a Level 3 maternity centre, which means we can support some of the most complex pregnancies and mothers with existing medical problems. We also operate a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), level 2A, for babies who require intensive nursing observation and care and have in-house obstetric and anaesthesia coverage, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our Rooms

All of our labour, delivery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms are private rooms. We offer a relaxing, personal and non-institutional environment for birthing and postpartum care all in one room. All our rooms have Jacuzzi tubs, televisions and telephones, as well as a sleeper chair for significant others. Our family-centred approach means that a partner or support person is encouraged to stay with the mother and baby to provide support through their hospital stay.

Meal Services

Our daily meal delivery service includes continental breakfast and soup/sandwich style lunch. Dinner is served from our standard menu with hot entrée options. Prior to dinner service, a meal attendant will visit patients to take food orders. Other enhancements include weekday newspaper service at breakfast, and china dishware on trays.




The maternity staff at St. Paul’s, have developed a handbook containing information about our services both before the baby is born and while you and your baby are in the hospital. The handbook will help to answer your questions about religious and cultural needs, birth preparation, things to bring with you, visiting policies, breastfeeding, meals, life with your baby and much more. To download a printable copy of the maternity handbook in English, click here. For our Chinese version, click here.

Other Resources

Finding a Care Provider

In order to have your baby at St Paul's Hospital, you must find a care provider to look after you during pregnancy and childbirth. Your care provider can be a family doctor, registered midwife or obstetrician, depending on your health care needs.

Family Physician

St. Paul's Hospital has a small group of family physicians who offer complete prenatal, obstetrical and post partum care for women and newborns. They strive to provide a natural, safe, compassionate and nurturing environment for our patients. Please ask your family physician for more information.


Registered Midwives are formally trained and fully integrated health care professionals who offer primary maternity care to healthy, low-risk pregnant women and their newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, until about six weeks postpartum. Midwifery care is covered through the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) for BC residents. Click here to find a midwife in Vancouver.


St. Paul's Hospital has a dedicated group of pediatricians to care for newborns. Pediatricians will attend delivery if there are any medical concerns and care for babies throughout their hospital stay, in conjunction with family physicians and midwives. St. Paul's has a nine-bed Special Care Nursery staffed with specialty nurses, caring for sick or premature infants.

Patient Education Materials

If you have interest in a Maternity Prenatal Class at St. Paul’s Hospital, please email

St. Paul’s Maternity Centre Tours

View our new online tour here:

The Maternity Centre will be offering in-person tours on the following dates:

February 22 - 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm
March 6 -  5:00 pm & 6:00 pm
March 22 - 5:00 pm & 
6:00 pm
April 17 - 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Jun 12 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm


There is no need to book or register for the maternity tour. Please meet your tour guide in front of the gift shop in the noted meeting place.

If you have interest in a Maternity Prenatal Class at St. Paul’s Hospital, please email

Prenatal Classes

The goal of prenatal classes is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to give birth and make informed decisions regarding your care. Your support person will also benefit from knowing what to expect when the mother goes into labour and how to assist in that process. The ultimate goal is to have a healthy mother and baby. Our instructors are maternity nurses from St Paul’s Hospital and are familiar with the hospital protocols. Classes are based on demand but there is opportunity to have a series of evening classes on Tuesday or Thursdays (series =  4 classes) as well as “prenatal in a day “ on  certain Saturdays. Please state your preference on the registration form. You will receive confirmation of your registration via email. The site will be updated on a regular basis with upcoming class information.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the class include:

  • How to tell when you are in labour
  • How to make your labour & delivery more comfortable
  • Pain relief options
  • What to expect during labour & delivery
  • Role of labour support
  • Newborn care
  • Feeding your baby
  • Postpartum care
  • Life after baby

Next Classes dates:    

  • March 24 from 9:00 am-5.00 pm
  • April 21 from 9:00 am-5.00 pm
  • May 19 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • June 16 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • July 21 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

For more information, email


Please note that the door to the maternity unit is locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Buzz our nursing station using the button outside the unit entrance, and we will let you in.


For more information about working at Providence Health Care and for current employment opportunities, please visit our Careers site.

Contact Information

Maternity Centre
St. Paul’s Hospital
3rd Floor, Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Phone: 604-682-2344, ext 62432