From what I've heard there will be dedicated obstetric anaesthesiology at Victoria General Hospital in the very near future. I am thrilled that this is the case, as I believe that as a tertiary care facility, the women and babies who give birth there deserve to know that the care they need will be there when they need it. It is a long-overdue standard, that women giving birth in level 3 hospitals in every other province have had for a long time.
It doesn't change my mind about avoiding Victoria General Hospital when it comes time to welcome little bean into the world. Here's why:
1. I don't trust them to respect my explicit wishes for how I want my baby to be born. They didn't last time, and according to the PCQO a lack of dedicated obstetric anaesthesiology was not the problem.
2. A repeat experience at Victoria General Hospital might be triggering - I simply do not know if I am emotionally capable of handling being 'there'.
3. Continuity of care - if I go to Vancouver I can have the same care provider (an OBGYN) manage my pregnancy and deliver my child in the way I wish for my child to be delivered.