Hospital Birth

BC Women's Hospital Online Tour

BC Women's Hospital Family Information Package

St Paul's Hospital Having Your Baby at St Paul's Hospital 

(Caution: Some of these resources are written more with physician and obstetrician clients in mind. Midwives tend to communicate and care for their clients more directly. For example, if you have a concern that you think might warrant a visit to the hospital always page us first. We often come to your home to assess you in labour and if you page and we do think a visit to the hospital is warranted we will meet  you there and save you some waiting time)

Home Birth

Strathcona Midwifery Collective HOME BIRTH SUPPLIES.  If you are having a home birth and in our care at the Collective, we will provide you with most of the items on the ‘essentials’ part of this list. Talk to your midwife.

Homebirth Reference Site - UK Although based in the UK this website contains some information that is also useful to those planning homebirth in Canada. 

Check out the videos at the bottom of this page for more info!


Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician

The College of Midwives of BC information booklet on home birth.

The College of Midwives of BC statement on home birth.  There are a lot of references for further reading included in this statement.

CBC news story “Home birth with midwife safe as hospital”.

Canadian Women’s Health Network information on home birth.

Canadian study on home birth by Janssen et al, September, 2009: Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician.

Vedam S, Schummers L, Stoll K, Fulton C:  Home birth: an annotated guide to the literature.

Childbirth Education Classes

We Birth At Home Prenatal Classes

Cherish Childbirth

Lower Mainland Childbearing Society

Dancing Star Birth

Baby Prep

Douglas College

Cultivate Your Health - Hypnobabies



Doula Services Association of BC. Found a Doula yet?  We highly recommend all women have one.


Power to Push Campaign BC Women's Hospital

Power to Push Campaign Best Birth Clinic VBAC Booklet

Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Optimal Birth BC VBAC Brochure

Video: An Unnecessary Cut?

3rd Stage Management 

Holistic physiological care compared with active management of the third stage for women at low risk of postpartum hemorrhage

Cochrane Review: Active versus expectant management for women in the third stage of labour


Created by Ontario Midwives, "Choosing Home Birth"

TEDx Talk, "Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth" by Saraswathi Vedam