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

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About the Children's Unit

Women's and Babies’ team deliver top results nationwide

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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