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.



Here you can find information and resources to help you make healthy, informed decisions about every aspect of your pregnancy.

Register with the Right From The Start program early in your pregnancy.

If you may be pregnant and are considering your options, you can find more information on the Unexpected Pregnancy page.

A healthy baby begins before birth with a healthy mother:


What is an ultrasound and when it is done? For answers to frequently asked questions, Read our Ultrasound Fact Sheet (PDF)

Who provides care?

In British Columbia, family doctors or midwives provide prenatal health care. Both types of care are covered under the Medical Services Plan. If your family doctor does not provide maternity care, he or she will refer you to a doctor accepting maternity patients.

If you need specialized care during your pregnancy, your maternity doctor will refer you to an OB/GYN (obstetrics and gynecology) doctor.

Visit these links for more information: