Mother Having Skin-To-Skin Time in the Delivery Room

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Options on where to give birth

A key part of planning for your baby is deciding where you want to give birth. In British Columbia, women and their partners can choose to have their baby in a hospital or at home. For information on deciding where to give birth, talk to your health care provider.

Use this checklist to pack your bag for the hospital or prepare yourself for a home birth (check with your midwife).


  • How you will get to the hospital

  • Who will take care of your children or pets when you are away


Within Vancouver Coastal Health region, there are seven hospitals where you can give birth. You can also choose to give birth at home with a registered midwife if your pregnancy is low-risk. 

You can learn more about your local hospital and watch maternity ward tours to help you make your decision.

North Shore (North & West Vancouver)

Powell River


Sea to Sky

Sunshine Coast