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Planning to Give Birth at BC Women's

If you are planning to have your baby at BC Women’s, read the following important information to find out who is eligible.
Who is eligible?

Who is eligible to give birth at BC Women’s?

  1. Women who live in Vancouver
  2. Women living outside of Vancouver who meet one of the following criteria:
    • are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and need the specialized services of BC Women’s
    • have previously had a baby at BC Women’s
    • are long-term patients of a doctor/midwife who practices at BC Women’s
Who is not eligible to give birth at BC Women’s?
  • Women who live outside Vancouver and who do not meet any of the criteria above
  • Women from other countries (non-Canadian residents) who are short-term visitors to Canada

Important note:

You must pre-register before 32 weeks of pregnancy.

Why are there criteria for giving birth at BC Women’s?
BC Women’s is the largest maternity hospital in Canada.  We are committed to provide safe, high-quality care to all patients who receive care with us. Having the criteria for delivery at BC Women's makes sure that we can meet our two main purposes.

  1. To provide care for women living in Vancouver
  2. To provide care for women from anywhere across British Columbia who are having significant complications during their pregnancy


I think I meet the criteria for being accepted. Now what?

Pre-registration is required to give birth at BC Women’s. Your doctor/midwife sends a pre-registration form and your prenatal records to BC Women’s so that the hospital knows your medical history. This information is reviewed by BC Women’s Pre-registration Committee to determine if BC Women's can accept your pre-registration. 

Only doctors/midwives that deliver babies at BC Women’s can pre-register women to have their baby here. Your doctor/midwife can let you know if they deliver at our facility or not.


You need to see a care provider (doctor or midwife) who delivers babies at BC Women’s. Your care provider needs to pre-register you as soon as possible after 12 weeks and before 32 weeks into your pregnancy.

2What do I need to do?

  • complete the top part of the pre-registration form that your doctor/midwife gives you
  • ensure that you complete all sections marked with an asterisk to make sure it is processed quickly
  • return it to your doctor/midwife as soon as possible
If you have any questions about the form, please ask your doctor or midwife.  

3Your pre-registration application is reviewed

The BC Women’s pre-registration committee reviews all pre-registration applications for BC Women’s.  It is comprised of midwives, general practitioners, obstetricians, and administrators.

The BC Women’s pre-registration committee reviews all the forms from all doctors/midwives once a month to make sure they meet the criteria for being accepted. This review could take up to five weeks to complete. 

In the meantime, check the quick links on the right side for more information about having your baby at BC Women's.

4How will I know if I am accepted?

Each month, the hospital provides your doctor/midwife with a list of the women who have been accepted for pre-registration, so you can ask them when you next see them.

5What happens if I am not accepted?

If BC Women’s is unable to accept your pre-registration, your doctor or midwife will be told. They will then contact you and help you arrange to have your baby at one of our partner hospitals close to your home.

Take a virtual tour


Virtual Tour

There are many things expectant moms and partners can do to prepare for the birth of their baby.

Let's take a virtual tour of the hospital.  This will walk you through the process from beginning (registration at the hospital) to the end (after your baby is born).  

This is a good starting point to begin your journey at BC Women's Hospital. 

Tour BC Women's Hospital from the comfort of your computer. The tour has pictures as well as both spoken and written information.

  • It helps you prepare for your visit by seeing where you come in for clinics or when you are in labour. You see the entrances, assessment area, labour rooms, the operating room, the Neonatal Intensive Care nursery, as well as where you and your baby stay after the birth. 
  • It tells you important things you need to know while you are at BC Women's Hospital. 
  • You see some of the staff and care providers you may meet when you come to have your baby. Let your family and friends know about the tour so they can see where you will be as well.
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