• Specialists team up to care for preemie babies at St. Paul’s Hospital
    by Christine Lyon on 17 November 2022 at 3:00 PM

    Observed every year on November 17, World Prematurity Day raises awareness of the impact of preterm birth globally. When she was 33 weeks pregnant, Cliona Callaghan felt “just a slight pain” so she went to St. Paul’s Hospital as a precaution. “I didn’t think anything of it, really, because I thought I still had seven

  • At new St. Paul’s Hospital NICU, big changes for tiniest patients
    by Ann Gibbon on 8 August 2022 at 2:09 PM

    The biggest transformation in care is in store for the smallest patients St. Paul’s Hospital will treat at its future site. The new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the best examples of how care will be transformed at the new St. Paul’s Hospital. Family-centred model guides design “The new NICU is going

  • First-in-BC project helps more moms breastfeed
    by Ann Gibbon on 3 August 2022 at 5:48 PM

    It’s called ‘liquid gold’, and for good reason. After a small sip of colostrum – the thick, amber breast milk secreted in late-stage pregnancy and immediately after birth – a newborn baby gets the instant dose of nutrition, antibodies and antioxidants it needs for a boost of immunity and a healthy first few days of life.   Now,

  • One year later, premature baby born at St. Paul’s Hospital is thriving
    by Christine Lyon on 16 June 2022 at 7:42 PM

    Last Father’s Day, we shared the heartwarming story of Greg Shaw and Allen Penny, whose son Yukon was born prematurely and required specialized care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Paul’s Hospital. One year later, the dads are pleased to report that Yukon is thriving. “He has been such an amazing addition

  • Rocky path to first Mother’s Day is smoothed by generous friends
    by Ann Gibbon on 3 May 2022 at 5:51 PM

    This Mother’s Day is particularly special for Natalie Daniels. It’s her first, after she and husband Dave welcomed son Ronin into the world on January 10 at St. Paul’s Hospital. It took 10 years for her to become a mother – a decade of hope, crushing disappointment and ultimately joy, thanks to the generosity of

  • What does it mean to be a baby-friendly hospital?
    by Jenika Hamilton on 20 April 2022 at 6:26 PM

    The Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre is nearing the end of a project to have St. Paul’s Hospital designated as “baby friendly”, meaning that it meets standards set out in a global quality improvement framework founded on evidence-based infant feeding practices. “At its core, the Baby Friendly Initiative is about the experience of giving birth

  • When a pregnancy becomes a risky odyssey for mom and baby
    by Jenika Hamilton on 11 February 2022 at 8:25 PM

    February is Heart Month. Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults  and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. When Shina Biblow became pregnant with her second child, she and her husband were elated. But the couple’s excitement would be short-lived. The Williams Lake-area woman immediately developed health problems that would require complex,

  • Decolonizing maternity care: The Ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective
    by Jenika Hamilton on 28 January 2022 at 8:48 PM

    This story originally appeared on the CHÉOS website. Danette Jubinville’s great-great-grandmother was the last person to practice midwifery in her community before the practice was stopped when an Indian hospital opened in 1938 in nearby Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. “This work being an intergenerational calling is a common thread among the members of our Collective,” explained Jubinville,

  • A Heart Full of Thanks
    by Jessica Hainstock on 20 December 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Last fall, Japleen Gill and Gaurav Johal were expecting their first child. But what should have been the most joyful time of their lives quickly turned into a nightmare. Japleen developed a catastrophic heart infection. She had an emergency C-section to deliver their tiny son just shy of 31 weeks followed by a six-hour operation to replace her

  • World Prematurity Day and the importance of donor breast milk
    by Ann Gibbon on 17 November 2021 at 3:00 PM

    A rush of emotions flooded over Alaine Vijandre when she gave birth at St. Paul’s Hospital to her son, Matteo, a full five weeks before her due date. There was joy but —because he was born prematurely — fear and anxiety. “I was worried,” says the 38-year-old, who required an emergency cesarian section due to

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