Women's Health

Areas of activity

  • Gynecology
  • Gynecologic-Oncology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Obstetrics
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Newborn Care 

The MUHC Women’s Health Mission is the framework of health care professionals that deliver outstanding care for women and their families.

In addition, our health care teams work together to provide excellence in teaching and to conduct cutting-edge research.

As a McGill teaching hospital we are committed to integrating excellence in patient care, teaching and research.  While training the next generation of physicians, nurses and other professionals, we are using the most up-to-date patient care guidelines and creating new evidence through innovative research on women's health.

For more information see the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology microsite.



We provide COMPLEX CARE for our patients with complex needs, for example:

  • Early detection of ovarian cancer is improving due to recent advances in gynecologic-oncology research at our centre. The most deadly type of ovarian cancer often starts outside the ovary, causes symptoms, and has the potential to be diagnosed early enough to be treated effectively.
  • Cryogenic preservation of oocytes allows women being treated for cancer conceive healthy pregnancies later; also renowned for advances in various fertility treatment including in-vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and in pioneering in-vitro maturation.
  • Fetal laser therapy during pregnancy means a greater chance of survival with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and other life-threatening conditions. The Fetal Therapy Program at the MUHC is one of 21 fetal surgery centres that comprise the North American Fetal Therapy Network and is one of only four centres in Canada to offer fetoscopic fetal surgery.
  • Robotic minimally invasive surgery provides many benefits to the patient including: smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery, less risk of infection and shorter hospital stay. This fast growing field is used to treat fibroids, abnormal periods, endometrisois, ovarian tumors, pelvic prolapse, and female cancers.

 

WHO are we?

Using an interprofessional health team approach, we are the people working together to meet women’s gynecological, reproductive and obstetrical health needs:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Genetics counsellors
  • Dietitians
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational/Physiotherapists
  • Ultrasound technologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Researchers
  • Blood technicians
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Administrative staff


We COLLABORATE with the other Missions

We consult other specialists throughout MUHC to address our patient’s pediatric, medical, neurological, surgical, cancer care and mental health needs.

  • When a baby is sick during pregnancy or at birth, the obstetrics staff and Neonatal Intensive Care staff work closely together to ensure the best possible care for the whole family.
  • When a pregnant woman has a heart anomaly, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists collaborate with the MUHC's MAUDE Unit (McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease). The MAUDE Unit provides personalized, integrated, state of the art care in cardiac surgery, cardiac intervention, valvular heart disease and transplantation.

We work with FAMILIES as an integral part of women's health care.

  • Men's fertility is part of the thorough work-up provided to infertile couples at the MUHC Reproductive Centre. Sperm banking is also available for male cancer patients.
  • Father's are encouraged to room-in with new mothers and their babies in the Postpartum Care Unit, which enhances the support and overall experience for a young family. 
  • Outpatient clinics welcome the involvement of partners and other family members in the challenging aspects of care, such as learning to inject insulin for the management of newly diagnosed gestational diabetes in pregnancy.