Like many families in our area, we have a special connection with BC Women’s Hospital. For one thing, the small one was born there, so there’s that. And the smaller one* will be born there this summer, so there’s that too. I also spent a fair amount of time in their diabetes clinic during my first pregnancy (thanks, gestational diabetes).
I meant to write this post much earlier, but I’ve been quite sick (as my Instagram followers will know because I whined about it there). This particular illness actually landed me back at Women’s last week due to some severe abdominal pain. I was only there for a few hours, but they took such great care of me.
As an aside, being in the assessment area at BCWH also provided an interesting preview/flashback of labour, courtesy of the couple on the other side of the curtain from us. It was simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, and … I should probably just leave it at that.
Labour, right? It’s … its own thing.
BC Women’s is where we first saw the outlines of our girls’ faces via ultrasound, and everything suddenly became real. It’s where I learned how to manage my gestational diabetes, even though I didn’t want to. Where we experienced the full range of emotions that come with birth — helpless, afraid, brave, elated, and everything in between. Where the small one took her very first breath.
It’s where we first became parents, and where we’ll meet our second-born.
Suffice it to say that I love me some BC Women’s Hospital (and in case you’re wondering, that’s not just the morphine talking because that wore off days ago). And with an average of 68,000 patients annually, if you live in or near Vancouver, I’m willing to bet that you or someone you love has benefited from their care too.
That’s why I was so happy when the wonderful folks at BC Women’s contacted me about their upcoming Mother’s Day of Giving. This Mother’s Day (May 14), you can help support BCWH by dining out at select restaurants around Vancouver — easy, right? A portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting mums, babies and families cared for at BC Women’s Hospital.
Plus you get to have a nice dinner out, and that’s great too. I mean, how often do you get to do that these days? Probably not very often at all. You deserve this, and so does BCWH.
You can find out more about the Mother’s Day of Giving restaurant promotion, including a list of participating restaurants, on the BC Women’s Hospital website. If you can’t make it on May 14, please consider making a donation — I know a lot of mums and babies who would really appreciate it, and I’m sure you do too.
* I haven’t officially settled on a nickname yet but that’s what I’m going with for now, in the interest of getting this post up.
DISCLOSURE: BC Women’s Hospital contacted me and asked me to help promote this campaign. I did not receive compensation for this post, but I wrote it anyway since I like them so much. And I’m not even a fan of Mother’s Day, so this is truly all about the cause.