Speaking your language: multicultural maternity care in Vancouver

multicultural maternity care

If you were born and raised in Vancouver, the relatively easy access to family doctors that we enjoy here may be something that you take for granted—but we are, in fact, very privileged to have so many high quality options for care at our fingertips.

If you have arrived in Vancouver from another part of the world, and you are having a baby for the first time, your care in pregnancy here may be different from the care where you came from.

Unlike some parts of the world, in BC family doctors regularly care for pregnant women and deliver babies. About a third of the births in Vancouver are attended by family doctors and even more in rural areas of the province. In many parts of the world, pregnancy doctors work exclusively out of hospital clinics. There are some family doctors who have clinics at local hospitals; however, the majority of Vancouver family doctors see patients in their own private offices.

Compared to many countries, women have more pregnancy visits with their doctor here—in Canada, most women will meet with their care provider 12 to 15 times during their pregnancy. This will give you plenty of time to ask questions and receive the best care possible for you and your baby.

If you are new to Canada, you may benefit from seeing a family doctor who has experience helping pregnant patients from other cultures. You may have additional questions specific to your own family, culture and customs, and need assistance to learn about and access other parts of the health care system.

Vancouver is a multicultural city, and our family doctors are no exception. Did you know that the directory on pregnancyvancouver.ca includes doctors that speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, French and Spanish? You can get service directly from a family doctor in over a dozen different languages, and more through spoken language interpretation services.

Pregnancyvancouver.ca also has a list of prenatal classes that are available in many languages other than English, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and Iranian/Persian.

Find a family doctor for your pregnancy and beyond at Pregnancy Vancouver.

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.