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Member, Vaginal Delivery Collaborative – St. Paul’s Hospital

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Volunteer Opportunity
Studies show having a vaginal birth typically leads to shorter hospital stays, a quicker recovery time, and benefits to your baby. The team at St. Paul’s Hospital is seeking a couple of moms who can share their recent delivery experience to help inform strategies that increase vaginal deliveries for first-time moms.


Lead Organization/Department
Providence Health Care – Quality Improvement

To increase the proportion of first-time moms, age 20 to 39 years who deliver vaginally.
The patient partner will be a member of the working group, offering insights into how the changes that the working group wishes to test out may impact patients and families.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Patient Partners who:
• Have recent (within two years) experience of a birth.
• Are positive and solution-focused and comfortable working in a team environment.
• Can share your thoughts and lived experience in a clear, concise way.
A remote Meet and Greet with the team will be conducted to decide who to invite onto the committee.

• Vacancies: 2
Date/Time: Third Thursday of the month, 2-3pm
Location: Virtual, via Skype
Commitment: Once a month, for an hour. One year term

None expected at this time.

This is part of a regional collaborative to increase vaginal deliveries. The Regional Vaginal Birth Collaborative (VBC) mandate is to:
Support the on-going quality improvement focused collaboration across three hospitals (Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital) between January 1st and December 31st, 2021,
To increase the proportion of vaginal delivery rates by a minimum of 3% per site, without adverse effect to perinatal morbidity rates.
Drive regional standardization for perinatal care teams to continuously build capacity, learn and implement quality improvement concepts and tools, encourage systems thinking, spread, and incorporate change management into their daily work at our urban Vancouver Coastal Health sites.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449

From Our Community

Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.