Maternity + Obstetrics (Pregnancy + Childbirth)
UPDATE: On July 29, 2020, the Medical Health Officer declared that the COVID-19 outbreak for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital is now over. This outbreak was contained to the NICU and did not affect St. Paul’s Hospital or the Maternity Unit. Click here to read more.
NEW! Virtual Prenatal and Postpartum Classes delivered by expert Registered Labour and Delivery Nurses are now available. Click here for details.
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, offering different complementary care services.
The St. Paul’s Maternity Clinic for prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum care can be found on the 5th Floor of the Burrard Building. The Maternity Centre for labour and delivery is located on 3rd Floor of the Providence Building.
Maternity Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital
Take a virtual tour of one of the private labour and delivery rooms in the St. Paul’s Maternity Centre (below) to see what your experience will be like, and to get an overview of revised processes in place due to COVID-19.
Please note that all in-person maternity tours are being cancelled in light of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding.
Please watch an online tour here: https://youtu.be/sWfXDj970sE
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:
- 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 Pediatric Outpatient Clinic has moved to Level 5 of the Burrard Building.
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, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are restrictions on visitors at our sites. Please see the next section for more details. Currently, we encourage you to have one person - your partner or other 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, certified doulas are also welcome to be part of your birth experience.
St. Paul’s Hospital
3rd Floor, Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Phone: 604-682-2344, ext: 62432
Family and Friends
We understand how important it is to include family and friends in your care. However, to keep our patients, families and staff safe and in keeping with the provincial health officer’s recommendations for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the number of visitors entering our buildings.
You are welcome to have one person accompany you to the hospital (for example, your partner). Although, if your support person has symptoms of COVID-19, he/she will not be permitted to enter the hospital.
You can also have a certified doula accompany you: that person must be certified by DONA International and must not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
If you require a caesarean birth, one support person is permitted to be with you in the operating room as long as that person is symptom-free. This applies to both scheduled caesarean births and to urgent or unplanned C-sections. So if your planned vaginal birth requires an urgent or emergency caesarean section, know that we will do everything possible to ensure your partner or support person is there to accompany you. Please note, in rare situations, this may not be feasible.
If your primary care provider is a family physician or midwife, and you require a caesarean birth, we will continue to support one individual of your choosing in the operating room. Our maternity clinical leadership team is supportive of this to reduce the number of people in the operating room.
- 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.
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.
Family Doctor at St. Paul's Maternity Clinic
St. Paul's Hospital has a small group of family doctors who offer complete prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum care for women and newborns at the Maternity Clinic. 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.
The Maternity 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.
The clinic is located at St. Paul's Hospital. Please visit the clinic website for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to download a printable copy of the maternity handbook and other maternity resources.
NEW! Virtual Prenatal and Postpartum Classes are now available. Learn from the comfort of your own home!
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, and ultimately have a healthy mother and baby. Your support person will also benefit from knowing what to expect when the mother goes into labour and how to assist in that process. Postpartum classes focus on feeding and caring for your baby in the first few weeks.
Click here for more information.
Support the Maternity Centre
You can help support the St. Paul's Maternity Centre through the St. Paul's Foundation. The Foundation has a dedicated fundraising page available here.
St. Paul’s Maternity Clinic
St. Paul's Hospital has a small group of family doctors who offer complete prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum care for women and newborns at the St. Paul's Maternity Clinic. They strive to provide a natural, safe, compassionate and nurturing environment for our patients.