Our Approach

The St Paul’s Hospital Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre emphasizes patient- and family-centred care. From our prenatal classes right through to our postpartum support, our goal is for you to have a birth experience tailored to your needs and unique circumstances.

Working as a team to care for you

At the Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre, you can choose to be cared for by a family physician, an obstetrician or a midwife. Our shared care model means that regardless of which care provider you choose, our team of specialists works collaboratively to ensure a safe birthing experience for you and your family.

If you have complex care needs, our dedicated complex care coordinator will be your liaison and main point of contact. They will liaise with your family physician, obstetrician and other specialists as required to ensure you and your baby get the care you need. Their goal is to  normalize your experience of pregnancy as much as possible.

Your birthing experience

At the Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre, you and your baby are at the centre of everything we do. If you have specific preferences or wishes for your birthing experience, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. Some of our expectant parents arrive with very specific ideas of how they would like their birth experience to unfold while others prefer to approach the process more organically. No matter your approach your care team, in particular, your dedicated primary nurse, will communicate with you and ensure your wishes are reflected in your birthing experience.

If having a birth plan is important to you, our prenatal classes  can show you how to prepare one.

For our Indigenous parents, we have Indigenous Wellness Liaisons and an Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation program that offers traditional wellness and ceremony when requested by patients, families and caregivers.

If medical complications arise during your delivery, we will do our best to reflect your birth preferences while making the necessary adjustments to keep you and your baby safe. We will always involve you in any decisions surrounding your care.

To learn more, visit Giving Birth at St. Paul’s Hospital.