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.


The Birth

Every birth is guided by choices but governed by circumstances. This section contains planning information and resources to help you prepare for labour, birth, and welcoming your baby into the world.
  • Giving birth is a natural, healthy process.
  • Before you reach labour, make time to discuss your wishes and plans for your birth experience with your doctor or midwife.
  • The members of your birth team - a doctor and/or a midwife, a labour nurse, and your support people (partner, husband, mother, friend) - will each play different but important roles in your birth experience.
  • Plan to visit your hospital so you can become familiar with the location, layout, procedures, and staffing.
  • Ensure you have plenty of help and support during your first days with your child. Give yourself time to regain your strength and bond with your baby. 

Did you know...

Over 40,000 women give birth each year in British Columbia. About 5% of those women are under 20 years old, and about 10% are over 35. Approximately ¼ of the babies born each year are delivered by caesarean birth. About 5% of babies are born premature and/or have a low birth weight.
(Source: B.C. Vital Statistics Agency)