Maternal + Newborn Health

Empowering women through innovative care before, during and after birth—all centred around the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby.

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BIRTHING SUITE EXPANSION

10 new suites. 17 renovated suites. All keeping women at the centre of their birthing experience.

The new Birthing Suites have been designed to provide a positive birthing experience, where women are empowered to dictate their own birth plan, including options for specific support and experiences. This unit is expanding by 10 new rooms, to complement the 17 that are currently at capacity.

Honouring the individuality of every woman, each room will be tailored to meet the unique needs of each woman, each newborn, and each family. BC Women’s is the place where families begin. We’ve already proven that we can provide the best NICU care in North America. With your support, we’ll do the same for all births.

NEW PROVINCIAL MILK BANK

BC Women’s hosts Canada’s first – and longest-running – donor milk bank.

It provides milk to depots across BC (including every NICU in our province), and has operated round-the-clock since 1974. Research shows that donor milk provides the much-needed nutrition for premature and critically-ill infants to survive and thrive.

But in the past year alone, there has been a 171% increase in demand. Their current space can only process so much milk. That’s where you come in. With your support, we’ll raise $1.1 million to build and fully-equip a new milk bank.

THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Leading the charge in innovative care for new mothers and fragile newborns—in BC and the world.

BC Women’s Neonatal ICU features 70 private rooms designed for tiny patients and their families. 10 of these special rooms actually allow mothers to receive care alongside their newborns – the first in North America (and only second in the world) to completely redesign the model of care, emphasizing the wellbeing of both mother and baby.

But advancements in technologies are rapidly changing. Last year alone, more than 1,100 newborns needed the highly-specialized medical and surgical care offered only here. When it first opened, it represented a complete paradigm shift in how we think about NICU care—with our dedicated donors alongside, we’ll continue to stay at the forefront.