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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Having a Planned Caesarean Birth (English)
- Having a Planned Caesarean Birth (Chinese)
- Vaginal Birth After A Caesarean (English)
- Vaginal Birth After a Caesarean (Chinese)
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:
Friday, April 29: 3pm-4pm, 4pm-5pm, 5pm-6pm
Thursday, May 12: 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm
Tuesday, May 24: 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm
Monday, June 6: 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm
Tuesday, June 21: 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm
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 main entrance, Burrard Building, St. Paul’s Hospital.
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.
St. Paul’s Hospital
3rd Floor, Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Phone: 604-682-2344, ext 62432
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