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Health Care Team
There is team of specially trained professions available to help you during your pregnancy and birth and after the baby is born. These include nurses, midwives, family doctors, obstetricians, social workers, chaplains, perinatologists, pediatricians/neonatologists, obstetrical anesthesiologists, students, and residents.
Nurses are knowledgeable about caring for you and your baby before, during and after birth. As well, many nurses have extra training in obstetrics, operating room, breastfeeding, education, and intensive care.
Midwives are health care professionals specializing in normal childbirth who offer care, education and support to women and their families throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and up to six weeks postpartum. Low risk healthy women have the choice of birthing at home or in the hospital.
Family Doctors will care for you prior to and/or during pregnancy and birth. Many will also care for you and your baby following the birth and provide ongoing education, support, and care for your whole family over the years.
Obstetricians are doctors who provide specialized care for women during pregnancy and birth. They have extended training in obstetrics and gynecology.
Perinatologists are doctors that have specialized in Maternal/Fetal medicine. These doctors tend to see women who have pregnancies complicated by unusual problems.
Pediatricians or Neonatologists are doctors with extended training about newborns and children. These physicians attend to your baby if he/she is sick or needs specialized care.
Obstetrical Anesthesiologists are doctors with specialized training in providing pain relief to women in labour. They also consult with you before birth if you have any concerns.
Social workers offer services to all women and families who are either receiving care with us as outpatients or while staying at the hospital.
Chaplains help you explore your questions and find resources for your spiritual health and wholeness.
Students and Residents. BC Women's is a teaching hospital where many nurses, doctors and other health caregivers receive their training. Together with your own caregiver, you may have a student involved in your care. In addition, we have physiotherapists, geneticists, dieticians, lactation consultants and many other health professionals who can assist with your care.