Where to have your baby in the Lower Mainland

Deciding on where you would like to give birth is a big decision sometimes you don't know what you want until later in your pregnancy. It is good to set yourself up so you have many options. In the Lower Mainland, women and their partners can choose to have their baby in a hospital or at home. If you live in Lower Mainland you might be restricted by your postal code or you might be able to go to a different hospital if your care provider has privileges at that hospital. Here is Dancing Star Birth's article about choosing your medical care provider.



Here is a list of the options you have to birth your baby in the Lower Mainland and some key points to think about.


Vancouver

BC Woman's Hospital

Here is the virtual tour for BC Woman's

  • Only work with maternity patients - not general medicine

  • Teaching hospital

  • Often you have to move to a smaller postpartum room after your birth

  • 1:1 nurse care. Your nurse will stay with you for your entire birth

  • For a cesarean birth you stay with your baby after the birth



St. Paul's Hospital

The virtual tour for St. Paul's

  • General Medicine hospital - you enter through Emergency

  • Teaching Hosptial

  • You stay in the room you give birth in after you have had your baby

  • No Water Birth

  • 1:1 nurse care. Your nurse will stay with you for your entire birth


Burnaby

Burnaby Hospital

Burnaby Hosptial Virtual Tour

  • General Hospital - It is a smaller hospital with a smaller maternity unit

  • Birthing tubs in half the rooms

  • Shared postpartum rooms

  • No donor milk on site


Home Birth


In the lower Mainland if you have a midwife you can birth at home if your pregnancy is low risk. Here is a 2012 article where the health minister encourages home birth with low-risk cases. This is a fantastic article outlining 9 reasons you might choose home birth.


More Lower Mainland Hosptial Options


Squamish/Whistler

Squamish Hospital


Richmond

Richmond Hosptial

Richmond Hospital Virtual Tour


Burnaby

Burnaby Hospital

Burnaby Hosptial Virtual Tour


White Rock

Peace Arch

Peach Arch Tour


New Westminister

Royal Columbian Hosptial

Royal Columbian Tour


Surrey

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Surrey Memorial Hospital Tour


Other Hospitals


Fraser Health Maternity Unit Locations

Vancouver Coastal Health

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