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BC Women’s is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education. It is one of the busiest and largest maternity centres in Canada.

Achievements in 2022


  • BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre served 70,500 patients in over 60 specialized clinics and programs devoted to the health of women and newborns.
  • There were 6,131 babies born and 35,984 visits to the maternity department.
  • We handled 5,580 surgical cases and our physicians spent 3,261 hours performing surgery.

Patient care

  • BC Women's and BC Children's Hospital moved from older systems and paper-based charts to a new electronic health records system designed to improve the safety, quality and consistency of patient care.
  • We launched an interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Consult Service to support patients across the hospital.
  • Safer Infant Sleep, a Practice Resource for Health-Care Providers was created to help provide current, evidence-based information and key messages on infant safe sleep practices with the intent of reducing the rate of sudden, unexpected infant death during sleep in B.C.
  • The Provincial Medical Genetics Program optimized patient care pathways and the referral triage process to allow clinicians to serve more patients and decrease patient wait times. The Program also deployed a new data management system to standardize patient care and accrue metrics to allow for continuous quality improvement.


  • A publication by Women's Health Research Institute investigator Dr. Deborah Money provided the first evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy is significantly associated with increased risk of adverse maternal outcomes and preterm birth.
  • BC Women's took part in a collaboration that led to newborns now being screened throughout B.C. for three additional metabolic and genetic conditions, resulting in early identification and treatment, and leading to improved health outcomes.
  • For the first time in B.C., the Provincial Medical Genetics Program - in collaboration with the Genome Diagnostics Lab - reported genomic sequencing results obtained in Canada to patients. Previously these assessments had to be sent to labs outside of Canada.
  •  Centre for International and Child Health hosted Global Health Conference on '42 Days: Reimagining the postpartum and postnatal period'. 
  • A research project between the BC Women's department of Population and Global Health and the  Ending Violence Association of BC released the Changing Perceptions of Sexual Assult Report. The report outlines finding from a study aimed at improving health sector response to sexual assault.
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