Videos at BC Women's
When a baby is born premature or is critically ill, even seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
That’s why the ITT is so important. The role of this elite team, comprising rigorously trained paramedics, is to support and safely transport these babies to BC Women’s Newborn ICU quickly from anywhere in BC.
Early prenatal diagnosis and complex care with the multidisciplinary teams at BC Women's Hospital helped beautiful, pink-cheeked Avery Wilson through a life-threatening condition.
On December 23, 2014, Francis was born three months early and weighed only 1.5 pounds. Thanks to innovative new technologies available at the Newborn ICU, Francis was given a chance at a full life.
Cindy Ghashghee carried her twins for 37 weeks, and they were both born at a healthy birth weight – Nessa at 6 pounds 8 ounces, and Darius at 5 pounds 4 ounces. But although Nessa’s delivery at their local hospital was normal, it quickly became apparent that Darius was having a much tougher beginning. Click here to read their story and see photos.
Mike McCardell has The Last Word on a special gathering at BC Women's Hospital for families who have a lot to be thankful for.
This past Christmas was a special one for Avery's family.
Avery was born was full term, and with a normal birth, however she needed multiple surgeries and to stay in the NICU for seven weeks to recover and become strong enough to go home. Click here to read Avery's story!
Even after nine weeks of strict bed rest at BC Women’s Hospital, Mari gave birth to Isla and Elizabeth eleven weeks early. The twins were immediately rushed to BC Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit for the highest level of critical care. Two and a half months later, deeply grateful for the care they received, Sean and Mari were able to take their baby girls home. Click here to read about Mari's difficult journey to motherhood and Elizabeth and Isla's early arrival.
The night Cheryl first experienced labour pains followed a normal day. ‘Normal’ at that time, meant working a 12-hour shift, then going out for dinner with friends. An RN who works in child and adolescent psychiatry, Cheryl is no stranger to stressful situations. Perhaps this training and experience helped her keep her cool when she woke up at 3 a.m., experiencing strong cramps - she was just under 29 weeks pregnant with her first baby. Click here to read Finnegan's story and see photos.
Dr. Murray is an infectious disease physician based at the Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Oak Tree provides care to women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
CTV News' Correspondent Sheila Scott reports on the growing need for donor breast milk. The Provincial Milk Bank at BC Women's Hospital is looking for women to donate milk to help critically ill babies in Newborn Intensive Care Units throughout the province.
- Born at just 23 weeks and weighing 810grams, he is one of the tiniest babies to be cared for at BC Women's Newborn ICU in the last year.
See their interview here. David Yochlowitz and his daughter Chloe meet Keri Adams in the CTV studio to announce their gift to the Newborn ICU.
- Behind the the doors of BC Women's Newborn ICU the most fragile newborns are admitted to receive a level of critical care by exceptional nurses, doctors and specialists unavailable anywhere else in our province.
The NICU's tiny patients come to be treated for everything from hypoglycemia and feeding problems to repiratory distress, infection and surgical problems.
The day after Rachelle Tambeau was induced at BC Women’s – Mother’s Day – is a day she’ll never forget. In the last five minutes of delivery, Rachelle’s baby began showing signs of distress. She had aspirated meconium, which affects a baby’s breathing, and the level of severity was high. Here is her story from CTV
- Geoff and Jocelyn Lyster
BC Women's Foundation Board Chair Geoff Lyster tells us about the compelling need to raise awareness and funds for BC Women's Newborn ICU. Joining him is his fellow board member and mother Jocelyn, who is helping the Newborn ICU in a very special way as well. Click here to meet Geoff and Jocelyn Lyster
When Sean Muggah and Mari Shimada discovered they were expecting twins, they were overjoyed. But at 19 weeks, joy suddenly gave way to crisis when it was discovered that Mari’s cervix was dilated, putting her unborn babies’ lives at risk. Here is their story
CTV's Mike McCardell dropped by BC Women's Hospital for a reunion with families who have something very special in common. Join Mike's visit.
When baby Adrien's mum was just starting to feel her babies first kicks she went into labour. Born at 26 weeks Adrien needed the specialized care of the BC Women's Newborn ICU.
Kelowna couple Sharleen and Thomas Kjorven tell their story of the loving care their baby boy received at BC Women's Newborn ICU for his stay of 99 days.
Born at 29 weeks Rebecca and Samantha were in the BC Women's Newborn ICU with heart and respiratory issues for 94 days and 67 days respectively. Despite their difficult start to life, today they are healthy and happy toddlers. Here is their story with CTV's Mi-Jung Lee.
- A look inside the Newborn ICU
Join CTV's Colleen Christie as she tours through the BC Women's Newborn ICU with Program Manager Julie De Salaberry.
Meet Bridget and Jouni. After the tragic loss of their baby girl Cerys, who was born at only 26 weeks gestation, they found out she had the prenatal form of Caffey Disease. Very little is known about Caffey Disease: there are only 43 cases reported world-wide.
When Bridget became pregnant again, her son Connell was diagnosed with the same disease in utero. The Medical Genetics and Maternal Fetal Medicine teams at BC Women's Hospital worked with Bridget to save her baby's life.
A Kelowna family is raising money for the BC Women's Hospital after doctors saved their premature baby's life. Video from Castanet News.
In Uganda, far too many women are dying of cervical cancer due to a lack of screening. The ASPIRE Project is working with local women in Uganda to end cervical cancer.
Medical advances are allowing HIV-positive women to live healthy lives, but stigma and discrimination still exists. Tamara Taggart visits BC Women's Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women's Hospital to talk with an incredibly resilient patient, Peggy Frank.
Meet the Thomas family. At birth, their son Sior weighed barely one pound and was fighting for his life. Just 48 hours after his birth his tiny body went into life-threatening distress. For 12 frightening minutes the BC Women's Newborn ICU team fought to resuscitate him. The crisis would mark the beginning of an incredible journey.
Visit the Newborn ICU with Tamara Taggart. Find out more about the Newborn ICU at BC Women's. With 60 tiny beds, BC Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit operates the largest, most specialized neonatal care centre in the province. Babies from all over BC come to receive surgical and other specialized care that only BC Women’s has the expertise and facilities to provide.
We care for HIV-infected women, pregnant women, their partners and children. Our pioneering HIV/AIDS treatment for HIV+ pregnant women has resulted in BC having the lowest mother-to-baby HIV transmission rates in Canada - almost zero! Meet the care-giving team and patients at BC Women's Oak Tree clinic.
Using the IFD design process, healthcare professionals work together to improve the patient care experience - before construction even begins. This is achieved by testing the way patients and family members, care providers, medication, equipment, supplies and information could flow through the new NICU. For example, a new 3-D mock-up demonstrates that relocating the care station could improve sightlines to single patient rooms. Planning a facility using IFD allows providers to try out and revise numerous floor layouts, with the ultimate result being an improvement to patient care.