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Where to have your baby in the Lower Mainland

Deciding on where you would like to give birth is a big decision. Sometimes you don't know what you want until later in your pregnancy. It is good to set yourself up, so you have many options. In the Lower Mainland, women and their partners can choose to have their baby in a hospital or at home. If you live in Lower Mainland, your postal code might restrict you or you might go to a different hospital if your care provider has privileges at that hospital. Check out our article about choosing your medical care provider.

Vancouver maternity hospitals

Here is a list of the options you have to birth your baby in the Lower Mainland and some key points to think about.


  • Only work with maternity patients - not general medicine

  • Teaching hospital

  • Often you have to move to a smaller postpartum room after your birth

  • 1:1 nurse care. Your nurse will stay with you for your entire birth

  • For a cesarean birth, you stay with your baby after the birth

  • General Medicine hospital - you enter through Emergency

  • Teaching Hospital

  • You stay in the room you give birth in after you have had your baby

  • No Water Birth

  • 1:1 nurse care. Your nurse will stay with you for your entire birth


  • General Hospital - It is a smaller hospital with a smaller maternity unit

  • Birthing tubs in half the rooms

  • Shared postpartum rooms

  • No donor milk on site

Home Birth

In the Lower Mainland, if you have a midwife you can birth at home if your pregnancy is low risk. Here is a 2012 article where the health minister encourages home birth in low-risk cases. This is a fantastic article outlining 9 reasons you might choose home birth. Dancing Star birth has a great article outlining what supplies would be good to have on hand for your home birth.

Choosing what hospital to birth at

More Lower Mainland Hospital Options




Burnaby Hospital Virtual Tour

White Rock

New Westminster


Other Hospitals

We have prepared for you the ultimate guide on what to pack for the hospital.


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