Women, Babies & Children

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About 3,000 babies are born each year at Niagara Health's St. Catharines Site, Women’s and Babies’ Unit.

Women, Children and Babies

Patients are cared for in a state-of-the-art facility by healthcare providers who are experts in maternity, newborn and women’s healthcare.

Mothers and babies are cared for by our passionate and dedicated healthcare team in our bright and spacious, family-centred facility. We offer state-of-the-art birthing suites and quality, safe new mother and baby care that are a model for hospitals across the province.

In the new ultra-modern birthing rooms, healthy mothers deliver babies and they stay together in the same room. There are 17 private, Labour/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum rooms in the unit.

The length of stay is usually 24 hours for an uncomplicated vaginal birth and 48 hours for the normal caesarean section delivery. Patients with medical problems may stay longer than this.

Our Women’s and Babies’ program was developed in consultation with world experts. By centralizing these services at the St. Catharines Site, we are making the best use of the latest technology and equipment, human resources and training, and in turn enhancing patient care, patient safety and quality of work life. It is a model that will attract new physicians looking for communities in which to set up practices and serves as a medical teaching unit for both doctors and nurses for years to come.

Features of the Women’s and Babies’ Unit

  • 17 private labour/delivery/recovery/post partum rooms
  • Two operative delivery rooms for C-sections
  • 20 mother/baby inpatient beds for those who deliver by C-section
  • 24-hour rooming in facilities for parents
  • Infant security protection system

About the Children’s Unit

Children's UnitOur Children’s Unit is located adjacent to the Women’s and Babies’ area, and provides a full range of pediatric services to children up to age 18.

The Children’s Unit is specially designed for our younger patients and their families, with vibrant colours, a play room, artwork on the walls, special lighting, a family apartment suite, a family lounge and other unique features. There are 24 beds, including a room with three closed observation beds, two clinical decision unit beds for patients under assessment, and four rooms for child and adolescent mental health services.

An intensive care unit, also referred to as a special care nursery, provides services for newborns who require close observation, care and assessment. This unit features single room care, a parent lounge area and overnight rooms.

Emergency Department pediatric care continues to be provided at our Greater Niagara General in Niagara Falls and Welland sites.

Features of the Children's Unit include:

  • Special care nursery (an intensive care unit for newborns) with 18 bassinets
  • Single room care
  • Family apartment suite
  • Family lounge
  • Playroom
  • Overnight rooms

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Emergency Information

The St. Catharines Site offers Pre-natal orientation tours coordinated and arranged by hospital volunteers.

If you wish to attend a pre-natal orientation tour please reserve your spot by calling 905-378-4647 extension 44630.

You are encouraged to call at least 2 months before your due date to make tour arrangements. As space is limited on each tour, each mom is able to bring 1 other person with her.

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