Family doctors providing maternity care: The close knit, team-based community at St. Paul’s Maternity Care Clinic is welcoming families

Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience. There are changes taking place physically, mentally, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually which can leave you feeling excited, surprised, confused or maybe even overwhelmed. During this transition time for you and your loved ones, being accompanied and guided along on this journey by passionate and dedicated health care professionals can make all the difference. Living in the City of Vancouver, we are fortunate to have excellent, supportive options for pregnancy and birth care. Family physicians who provide maternity care are able to offer a unique expertise, focusing on a woman’s entire health and that of her family. If your family doctor doesn’t deliver babies, the maternity care clinics at BC Women’s and St. Paul’s Hospitals offer choice in staying with a family physician through this important transition to parenthood.

After a hiatus, the St. Paul’s Maternity Care Clinic in downtown Vancouver is here to support you and yours, as you welcome a baby into your lives. With special interest and skills in maternity care, the qualified and dynamic team of family physicians follow you closely during your pregnancy and into the critical newborn period. Along each step of the way, your doctor will provide you with information and best evidence to help you make informed decisions.

St. Paul’s Maternity Care’s approach is “women and family-centred” – that is, putting you and your family’s best interest first. The team is dedicated to being a part of your journey through pregnancy and the early part of parenthood, connecting you to ongoing care as needed. Family physicians work in close partnership with obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care providers as needed so as to offer a team-based approach in ensuring your holistic wellbeing. There is an emphasis on the natural process of birth, aiming to minimize unnecessary medical interventions while ensuring the best and safest outcome for mom/baby.

During this time especially, being able to sustain and draw on a sense of community is key. The close-knit community at St. Paul’s offers a very respectful, compassionate and safe environment for you and your family. By being committed to excellence, St. Paul’s Maternity Care offers high quality care, tailored to your needs. Whether this is your first pregnancy, if you’ve had a previous Caesarean section, are struggling with addictions or, are looking for a maternity care provider that delivers in downtown Vancouver, you can access maternity care through an easy self-referral and be connected to the St. Paul’s Maternity Care providers in a timely manner. Families from all backgrounds are warmly welcomed! The physician team speaks many languages, including French – La communauté francophone est également la bienvenue, afin de recevoir des soins dans votre langue maternelle. They look forward to partnering with you during this unique time in your life.

The maternity services at St. Paul’s and BC Women’s hospitals offer families the support of a family physician and team-based practice throughout their maternity care journey, and the comfort of becoming familiar with the place of birth.

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Pregnancy Vancouver is a project of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP). The VDoFP is creating a network of Family Doctors to enhance and facilitate knowledge exchange about prenatal and postpartum care, connect Family Doctors, and improve the maternity care referral process.