Level three maternal care services provided to admitted expectant mothers managing low to high risk birth, as well as providing tertiary care service to patients experiencing high risk births. Includes labour and delivery (including obstetrics) and maternal care.

Hospital tours

View the Royal Columbian Hospital maternity tour online.

View the Royal Columbian Hospital NICU tour online. Learn more about what to expect in the NICU.

Checklists and resources to prepare for your hospital stay


At about 14 weeks, register online with our Best Beginnings public health program.


  • 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  - go to Patient Registration
  • After 11:30 p.m.-  go to the Emergency Admitting (main floor)
  • When you arrive on the Labour and Delivery unit a nurse will assess your labour, listen to your baby, check your vital signs and do a vaginal exam. After the assessment, it may be determined for you to return home for a while or stay in the hospital.


  • You will have your baby in a private delivery room and you and your baby will be transferred to a different room after the baby is born.
    • Private rooms $195
    • Semi-private rooms $165
    • Ward rooms - free
  • Private and semi-private rooms are available on first-come, first-serve basis. Check your extended health insurance before coming to the hospital.


  • Matching ID bracelets are given to both mom and baby at the time of delivery. Some hospitals have a bracelet security system that will alarm if babies leave the maternity unit.
  • Never leave your baby unattended. Accompany your baby for any procedures or tests required outside of your room (such as x-rays).
  • It is okay to ask for hospital ID from any health care personnel caring for your baby.
  • It is okay to ask health care staff and visitors to clean their hands.

Length of stay

Your hospital stay depends on your health and your baby’s health.

  • Vaginal birth: 24-48 hours
  • C-section birth: 48-72 hours

Going home

  • Know how to use your car seat before coming to the hospital. Your partner or family should bring the infant car seat to the unit when you are ready for discharge. Find car seat safety tips.
  • Visit your doctor or midwife within 7 days after you return home.
  • A public health nurse will follow-up with a call within 24-48 hours after discharge. Write down your questions or concerns so you can remember to ask them when they call.  Learn more about the first days at home.
330 East Columbia Street
B.C. V3L 3W7
Phone: 604-520-4587 (Labour and Delivery)
604-520-4551 (Maternity)

Address Notes

The maternity unit is located on 3East of the Health Care Centre.


Parking and Transportation

Public transportation (Bus & Sky Train) available. Limited pay parking available.

Parking rate Parkade

Mobile parking payment: hangTag (must use Google Chrome internet browser to access the link)

First hour $4.25
Each additional hour $3.50
Day rate $11.25
Evenings  $5.25
24-hour rate $16.50

Please note: the 24-hour rate is only valid in the Royal Columbian Hospital Home and Community Care parkade and not in the Mental Health and Substance Use parkade. All other Mental Health and Substance Use parking rates are the same as Home and Community Care rates.

*If you have difficulty paying for parking, financial hardship permits may be available on a case-by-case basis. Please talk to your unit social worker for more information or contact Parking Administration at 604-930-5440 (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or email LMCParking@fraserhealth.ca..

Hours of operation

Visiting Hours: 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

  • Partners are encouraged to stay anytime. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, towels and meals.
  • It is important that mom and baby get enough rest to recover.
  • Designate a friend or family member to keep others informed of your progress. This will help reduce the number of calls to the nurses' station.
  • Visitors should not come if they have flu-like symptoms, colds or other communicable diseases (ie. chicken pox).

Language (s) Offered

English, with translation services available.

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