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Women, Babies and Children

  • Women, Babies and ChildrenIf your labour pains start, you have any bleeding, you think your water may have broken or you are concerned about your pregnancy in any way, please go directly to the Women’s and Babies’ Unit at our St. Catharines Site.

    Always call 9-1-1, if you are worried that you cannot get to the hospital on your own and you will be taken to the St. Catharines Site ED.

    Call 9-1-1 or go directly to the new St. Catharines Site ED for all other emergency women’s health (gynecological) issues.

  • Always call 9-1-1 or, if safe to do so, take your child to the nearest Emergency Department in an emergency.

    The ED physician will care for your child and consult with the On-Call Pediatrician, if appropriate.

    If your child requires more comprehensive assessment or hospitalization, he/she will be referred to our family-centred Children’s Unit the St. Catharines Site or other appropriate healthcare facility.

  • Pregnant women should call 9-1-1 and be taken directly by ambulance to the St. Catharines Site for any of the following conditions:

    • When your labour pains are five minutes apart and you have no other way to reach the hospital within 30 minutes
    • You suddenly start bleeding heavily
    • It feels as if your baby is going to come out
    • You suddenly develop abdominal pain that does not go away
    • You suddenly get a headache that is different or worse than anything you have had before


  • Go to the St. Catharines Site ED if you are experiencing:

    • Heavy vaginal bleeding
    • Any other gynecological emergency issue



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