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Women, Babies & Children

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More than 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 private and semi-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

  • Private and semi-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

Helpful Links

How to Prepare for Your Hospital Stay

Emergency Information

Support Persons and Visitor Information

About the Children's Unit

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Healthy Pregnancy and Becoming a Parent

Niagara Region Public Health offers a variety of programs and resources to support healthy pregnancy and becoming a parent, including: online learning, groups in the community, appointments with a public health nurse and/or home visiting. To learn more, visit

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