Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Mom's Health

In the whirlwind of activity and emotions that follow the birth of a baby, moms sometimes forget that they need care, too. Research has shown that moms who care for themselves and are supported and cared for by their family and community are better able to care for their babies. Remember to take care of your own health as you care for your new child.
  • Eat a balanced diet that meets your energy needs and satisfies your appetite.
  • Remember that your body will continue to undergo physical and hormonal changes.
  • Rest when your baby sleeps.
  • Incorporate active living into your daily routine with your baby.
  • Be aware that many women experience the “baby blues” for a week or two after birth. If you have feelings of depression, anger, or anxiety that last longer than a week or two, talk to your doctor, midwife, or public health nurse about post-partum depression.