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What We Do

Perinatal Services BC provides leadership, support, and coordination for the strategic planning of perinatal services in British Columbia.

PSBC collaborates with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and other key stakeholders. Perinatal Services BC is the central source in the province for evidence-based perinatal information.


Healthy women having healthy pregnancies and infants.


Through partnerships and collaboration and by building a high quality system of care across the continuum, we will optimize pregnancy and birth outcomes as a foundation for a healthy population.

Coast Salish Teachings

Learn more about the Coast Salish teachings gifted to PHSA by Knowledge Keeper, Sulksun, Shane Pointe.

  • Thee eat “Truth”
  • Eyhh slaxin “Good medicine”
  • Nuts a maht “We are one” 
  • Whax hooks in shqwalowin “Open your hearts and your minds”
  • Kwum kwum stun shqwalowin “Make up your mind to be strong”
  • Tee ma thit “Do your best”

How We Serve BC

PSBC takes a woman and family centred population health approach to supporting perinatal services across the province and as the basis for its shared mandate with partners and stakeholders.

Our key responsibilities include:

  • improving health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns;
  • developing and adapting evidence-based practice standards and guidelines as well as and forms for health care providers;
  • providing training and education to health care providers in areas such as fetal health surveillance, neonatal resuscitation and stabilization, and breastfeeding;
  • implementing prenatal and newborn screening programs;
  • collecting and monitoring data for surveillance and using that data to inform and evaluate programs; and
  • planning for the perinatal health care system.

Our initiatives and projects fall under the following areas:

PSBC collaborates with frontline leaders in community, primary care, and acute care settings across the province, as well as the Ministry of Health, Health Authorities, and national organizations to lead the development and implementation of best practice initiatives that promote healthy pregnancies and healthy infants.

PSBC manages three provincial screening programs. For more information visit:

Screening Programs


PSBC develops, adopts, and approves guidelines and standardized forms that support best practices for maternal and newborn care using a multidisciplinary approach.

We collaborate with provincial stakeholders and frontline leaders to promote the application and integration of evidence-based best practices designed to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability, and sustainability of clinical activities in maternal, fetal, and newborn health across British Columbia.

We also coordinate and provide outreach education for fetal health surveillance, neonatal resuscitation, and acute care of at-risk and unwell newborns. 


System Planning

‎Perinatal Services BC both leads and collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives designed to support planning for perinatal health across the continuum. We are committed to ensuring that our planning initiatives intersect with other services and projects to provide true cross-continuum and cross-sector integration. 

Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) produces quality perinatal data and information through the British Columbia Perinatal Data Registry (BCPDR), a quality-controlled database containing clinical information on all births collected from obstetrical facilities throughout the province of British Columbia. 

The Surveillance component of PSBC provides ongoing analysis of data in the BCPDR to report temporal trends and geographic variations on a broad spectrum of perinatal indicators at the hospital, regional and provincial levels.

For more information visit:

Surveillance, Research & Analytics

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