Labour & Delivery

Our Labour and Delivery unit is located on the third floor of the hospital. Upon arriving please stop at patient registration across from Emergency Triage to register as a patient.

Patient and family-centered care is at the heart of our unit. Our Labour and Delivery Unit brings approximately 340 infants into the world annually. We have a highly skilled team of Nurses, Midwives, Respiratory Therapists, and Physicians ensuring you the best antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care possible. We are a level one facility caring for those at or greater than 36 weeks gestation. We have 2 delivery suites and 2 postpartum private rooms available. Our staff provides therapeutic support to labouring moms and offers measures to improve comfort and manage pain during labour and birth. Epidural service is also available 24 hours per day.

Planning Your Birth

Your birth plan and pre-natal record as completed by yourself and your physician provide important information for the obstetrical staff and other members of the healthcare team.

We invite Moms and families to arrange for a tour of the Obstetrical Unit. If you would like to arrange a tour with the Norfolk General Hospital staff, please leave a message at 519-426-0130 x1205. These tours are generally held on a monthly basis

We have an infant security system that provides tracking of all newborns in the unit.

To bring

For Mom:

  • Underwear, three to six pair and heavy flow pads
  • Personal care products (toothbrush and toothpaste, brush, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, moisturizer for lips
  • Supportive or nursing bra
  • Nursing pads
  • Snacks for labour coach
  • Lightweight housecoat and slippers
  • Cell phone and charger

For Baby:

  • Package of newborn diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Barrier cream e.g. petroleum jelly
  • Clothing for discharge

For Baby, at time of discharge, a car seat is required.

Pain Management with Labour and Birth

While it is difficult to predict what your labour will be like and what you may require in terms of pain relief, you are encouraged to discuss options for pain management with your physician/midwife in advance

Visiting

Please let family and friends know that you or your support person will be in contact with them about your progress during labour. The hospital is not able to provide this information to them.

It is encouraged that only the partner, grandparents, brothers and sisters of the baby visit (children visiting need to have up-to-date immunizations).

Discharge

Hospitals and the Public Health Unit work together to provide better care to you and your new baby. The Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program has many benefits:

  • With your consent, the hospital will let the Public Health Unit know about your baby’s birth.
  • Breast feeding support is offered by the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit by calling 519-426-6170.

Post-Delivery Resources

Video Links:

https://Period of Purple Crying.be/kde_C8rP6TU

Patient Information Links

HNHU Prenatal Classes

HNHU Car Seat Safety

Contacts

Labour and Delivery Unit at Norfolk General Hospital

(519)426-0130 Ext 3204
Norfolk Roots
Midwives of East Erie
Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Amanda K

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