Special delivery! Norfolk General Hospital welcomes its first baby of the year: Now delivering babies by scheduled C-sections

                        (The proud parents, Sneha Baby and Deebu Rajan) 

(Wednesday, September 14, 2022) – Good news has arrived at Norfolk General Hospital (NGH) in the form of a baby girl – the first baby of the year born at NGH and the first baby born since obstetrical care temporary transitioned to the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) in September of 2021.

Norah Luke was welcomed into the world at 8:50 a.m. on September 8, 2022, weighing in at seven pounds, ten ounces.

The proud parents, Sneha Elizabeth Baby and Deebu Rajan who live in Simcoe, were thrilled they could deliver their baby girl close to home.

“The care I received from the nurses, doctors, and midwives was amazing,” said Sneha. “Everyone was so supportive. I was so nervous ahead of my surgery, but when I entered the operating room, everyone was so excited to deliver my baby. It was just a joyful experience.”

Baby Norah was delivered by Dr. John Evans, Dr. Jamie Szabo, and Kimberley Tigani, a registered midwife with Norfolk Roots, by a scheduled Caesarean section (C-section)

As part of Norfolk General Hospital’s phased approach to fully restore labour and delivery services in Haldimand-Norfolk, NGH is pleased to announce the resumption of scheduled C-sections.

“To hear the sound of a newborn’s cry in the hospital again was such a joyful moment for everyone involved,” said Dr. Jamie Szabo, Chief of Obstetrics. “We are so grateful to be able to support this family staying in their home community to deliver their daughter, and excited for this to be the first of many more births at Norfolk General.”


Earlier this month, NGH announced the reopening of a maternal clinic, which offers 24/7 prenatal care for expectant mothers.

The maternal clinic provides services such as prenatal visits, newborn wellness checks, breastfeeding support, inpatient phototherapy and urgent pregnancy assessments. The clinic is available to women with or without a primary care provider to ensure equitable access to comprehensive prenatal care.

The resumption of these services was made possible following months of aggressive recruitment efforts held by our dedicated talent acquisition team. This was also made possible through our strong partnerships, including St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, which assisted in the training and education of our staff.

Please note that Norfolk General Hospital does not offer care for women in active labour at this present time. Currently, NGH is only delivering babies by scheduled C-sections.

If you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy, it is always best to first call your primary health care provider (family doctor, midwife, etc.).

 To learn more about the NGH maternal clinic and the services it provides, please click here. https://www.ngh.on.ca/maternal-newborn-clinic/

“The whole team at Norfolk General Hospital has worked diligently over the past year to bring us back to this point, said Dr. Robin Martin-Godelie, Interim Chief of Staff. “Our delivering doctors, nurses, surgeons, and midwives deserve huge credit for never giving up on this and continuing to work to get us back to full services.”