**Update January 2022, we are again no longer inviting partners into appointments due to the omnicron surge; as well pregnant women in B.C. are being prioritized for booster doses and can receive their booster 8 weeks after their second shot, please see bottom of the page for more information**

Our maternity clinic is committed to ensuring we maintain the health and safety of our patients and staff and maintain high-quality maternity and newborn care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have changed the way we deliver care in accordance with public health guidelines.

Changes you can expect at clinic: 

1 – Screening of patients prior to their appointments by survey and also at the time of registration in the clinic

2 – Enhanced cleaning between patients visits; all patient surfaces are cleaned and sanitized in between visits

3 – Our office administrator Sarah and all our doctors will be wearing complete personal protective equipment throughout your visit

4 – We have modified the usual prenatal visit schedule to include some virtual care appointments. This mitigates the risk of many people in clinic at once, but still allows for excellent prenatal care and time for you and your family to ask questions

What we ask of our patients?

1 – Please complete the screening questionnaires prior to your in person visit

2 – Please do not come to clinic if you are unwell or have been asked to quarantine or self-isolate according to public health recommendations. You will be offered a virtual visit instead. If you do need to be seen in person, we will make appropriate accommodations but need to know beforehand

3 – Please wear a mask to your appointment and wash your hands when you enter the clinic

4 – Please try to come to your appointment alone, exceptions are made for those requiring support during a difficult visit or needing translation. We want to meet your family members and have partners and children be involved in the growth of your family; we will let you know when this changes.

5 – If you are symptomatic, please complete the BC Self-Assessment Tool and get tested; please see a list of testing sites here

What do you need to know about being pregnant during COVID-19:

Please see the Pregnancy Vancouver website for an updated list of resources explaining what COVID-19 is, how it affects pregnant women and their newborns. Click here to access it.

Delivering at St. Paul’s Hospital During COVID-19: 

Please see the St. Paul’s Hospital maternity unit website,  for all your questions regarding delivering your baby here during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unit has also published a great Q&A guide for families delivering at St. Paul’s during this time which can be found here

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Pregnancy

All pregnant women in B.C. greater than 16 years of age are now eligible to receive  COVID-19 vaccinations.

COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for pregnant women as the benefits of the vaccine outweight the theoretical risks. Being pregnant puts you at increased risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 including hospitalization, admission to the ICU and mechanical ventilation. For more information, please see the statements from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada here and also the B.C. Centre for Disease Control patient information here 

*** PREGNANT WOMEN ARE BEING PRIORITIZED FOR BOOSTERS. To book a vaccine please register here AND phone 1-833-838-2323 and identify as being pregnant, you will then be invited to book your booster shot online. You are able to book your booster shot 8 weeks after your second dose of vaccine.***

We understand this can be an anxious time for mothers and families, please do not hesitate to ask your maternity provider if you have further questions.