Maternity + Obstetrics (Pregnancy + Childbirth)

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

Providence Health Care’s (PHC) maternity and obstetrics programs operate out of two separate spaces in St. Paul’s Hospital.

The St. Paul’s Maternity Clinic can be found on the 5th Floor of the Burrard Building, and the Maternity Centre is located on 3rd Floor of the Providence Building.

Below we have outlined these two different complementary care services.

 

Maternity Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital

Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated.” the Maternity Centre provides comprehensive maternity and neonatal services for all mothers-to-be and newborns.

We are a Level 4 Maternity Centre, which means we can support some of the most complex pregnancies and mothers with existing medical conditions.

The Maternity Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital boasts the province’s only cardiac (heart) and renal (kidney) obstetrical programs, supporting pregnant women with cardiac and or renal issues.
We also operate a Level 2A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 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.

In addition, the Maternity Centre has the following outpatient clinics, including:

  • Fetal Monitoring Clinic: Your care provider may send you to the Fetal Monitoring Clinic to check your baby’s (fetal) heart rate pattern if that is necessary.
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic: The Centre works collaboratively with fetal medicine and ultrasound specialists for patients who have pregnancies with complex fetal conditions. This clinic will coordinate with all specialties and timely appointments can be made when needed.
  • Ambulatory Obstetrical Clinic: Your care provider may send you to the Ambulatory Obstetrical Clinic for a consultation with an obstetrician. Obstetricians, commonly called OBs, are specialists who are trained to support higher-risk pregnancies, e.g., you have a pre-existing medical condition such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.
  • Outpatient Pediatrics Clinic: The on-call Pediatric Team has a clinic to follow-up with newborns who have been discharged, to provide examinations and review bloodwork results. Your care provider will refer you to this clinic if it is necessary after you go home from the hospital. Please note: our Paediatric Outpatient Clinic has moved to Level 5 of the Burrard Building.

Our Rooms

The Maternity Centre creates a relaxing, personal environment for birthing and postpartum (after birth) care, all offered in the comfort of the same room.

All of our labour, delivery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms are private rooms. You will stay in these rooms during your labour, birth and recovery until you go home. Each room has a television, telephone, wi-fi and a private bathroom. Each bathroom has a shower and a large bath with jets. Please note that if you have a C-section during your stay with us, you will need to move rooms for reasons of safety and monitoring. 

We practice person and family-centred care in the Maternity Centre. We understand how important it is to include family and friends in your care. We encourage a partner or support person to stay with you to help during labour, birthing, and after your baby is born. To better enable this, each room is furnished with a sleeper chair. During your labour, family and doulas are also welcome and encouraged to be part of your birth experience.

Location

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

Resources

Giving birth is one of the most monumental experiences in a woman’s life.

To help prepare expecting parents for the journey ahead, the maternity staff at St. Paul’s have developed a handbook containing information about our services, supporting the time prior to your baby being born and while you and your baby are in the hospital.

The handbook will help to answer your questions about birth preparation, things to bring with you, our family presence policy, breastfeeding, meals, life with your baby, religious and cultural needs, and much more.

  • To download a printable copy of the maternity handbook in English, click here
  • To download a copy in Chinese, click here.

Patient Education Materials

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 and personal preferences. If there are any medical concerns and care required for your baby during your hospital stay, a pediatrician may also be part of your care team.[JH1

Family Doctor

St. Paul's Hospital has a small group of family doctors who offer complete prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum care for women and newborns. They strive to provide a natural, safe, compassionate and nurturing environment for our patients.

Our team of family physicians will provide care for pregnant women planning to deliver at St. Paul’s, including those who don’t have a family doctor and wish to self-refer.

Importantly, the clinic offers care to pregnant women who may be struggling with substance use.

The clinic will help patients transition back to their community family doctor after the baby’s birth, or to help them find a family doctor if they don’t have one.

Our physicians are affiliated with the UBC Family Medicine teaching program. The clinic operates 5 days a week.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30am to 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location

  • St. Paul’s Hospital
    Room 541, 5th Floor - Burrard Building

    1081 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC
    Phone: (604) 806-9342
    Fax: (604) 604-639-8506

Registered Midwife

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.

Obstetrician

Obstetricians, commonly called OBs, are specialists who are trained to support higher-risk pregnancies, e.g., you have a pre-existing medical condition such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.

Your family doctor or walk-in clinic physician can refer you to an OB who delivers at St. Paul’s if you would prefer an OB as your care provider during your pregnancy. If medically indicated, your care provider may send you for a consultation with an OB if needed during your pregnancy.

Pediatrician

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 partnership with family physicians, obstetrician and midwives.

Prenatal Classes 

COVID-19 Message

Please note that all prenatal classes and maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience during this time.

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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 registered maternity nurses from St Paul’s Hospital and are familiar with the hospital protocols. We recommend that you register for a class that is between 4 to 6 weeks from your due date.

Classes are based on demand and at this time we are only offering our “prenatal in a day” classes on certain Saturdays. 

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 your baby’s birth

Please note: our instructors do not teach infant CPR or First Aid.

To check class times / dates and availability please email prenatalclasses@providencehealth.bc.ca

Once successfully registered in the class, you will receive confirmation of your registration via email.

Please bring this email with you when paying in person.

 

COVID-19 Message

Please note that all prenatal classes and maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience during this time.

 

Prenatal Class Schedules

Stay tuned for upcoming prenatal classes for 2020.

Important notes to consider before attending a St. Paul's Prenatal Class

  • Please note that all prenatal classes and maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience.
  • In order to attend a prenatal class, you must be delivering and/or considering to deliver at St. Paul's Hospital.
  • Additionally, you are more than welcome to bring one support person during your prenatal class. However, we are unfortunately unable to accomodate more than one support person during this time due to the popularity of the tours + classes.

 

St. Paul’s Maternity Centre Tours

Please note that all prenatal classes and maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience

Please watch an online tour here: https://youtu.be/sWfXDj970sE

Family and Friends

We understand how important it is to include family and friends in your care.

Prior to visiting your loved one, please note:

  • The door to the SPH Maternity Centre 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.
  • Our Maternity Centre & NICU are scent-free zones for patients, babies and staff.
  • Our Maternity Centre & NICU are a latex-free unit. We ask that you do not bring latex balloons due to severe airway allergies.
    • Mylar balloons are permitted.

Maternity Tour Schedule

COVID-19 Message

Please note that all prenatal classes and maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience during this time.

Maternity tour information:

  • All maternity tours have been cancelled in light of COVID-19, thank you for your patience.
  • You are not required to sign-up and/or register for the Maternity Centre Tours. We only ask that you check the class + tour availability below and the tour schedule listed below.
  • You are more than welcome to bring one support person during your tour. However, we are unfortunately unable to accomodate more than one support person during this time due to the popularity/ limited capacity of the tours + classes.
  • Also, please make sure to double-check class schedules the day before attending the tour and to meet your Labour & Delivery Nurse at the Gift Shop on the main floor of St. Paul's Hospital. 
  • Lastly, if you have signed-up for a prenatal class, you do not have to attend the tours separately as this will be a part of your pre-registered prenatal class session.

 

Careers

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

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St. Paul’s Maternity Clinic

We are a team of doctors who are passionate about providing maternity care for new mothers living in downtown Vancouver.

We specialize in low and moderate risk prenatal, delivery, and postpartum support, offering care which is based on the most up-to-date medical evidence. At St. Paul’s Maternity Care we not only focus on our patients’ needs during pregnancy, but also the needs of new parents, babies, and their families.

Our philosophy is rooted in non-judgmental care for patients, in keeping with PHC’s mission of providing care for all individuals, including the most vulnerable members of society.[JH1

Our physicians are affiliated with the UBC Family Medicine teaching program. The clinic operates 5 days a week.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 08:30am to 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Referrals to the Maternity Clinic:

  • If you are a care provider wanting to refer a patient to the clinic, or if you wish to self-refer, please email maternityclinic@providencehealth.bc.ca. A referral form will be sent to you.

Location

  • St. Paul’s Hospital
    Room 541, 5th Floor - Burrard Building
    1081 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC
    Phone: (604) 806-9342
    Fax: (604) 604-639-8506

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