Obstetrics

Obstetrical services include labour, birth, postpartum and some follow-up services.

You should call the Labour and Delivery Unit:
  • If your contractions are regular or uncomfortable
  • If you think your water is broken
  • If you have severe abdominal pain
  • If you have vaginal bleeding
  • If you are concerned about yourself or your baby
  • If there is a change in how often your baby is moving
Please call 519-941-2410 ext. 2236 prior to coming to the hospital so we can be ready for you.

When you arrive at the hospital:
Please register at the admitting desk (past triage when you enter through the Emergency Department entrance), and take the elevator to the lower level and follow the signs to Maternity (Turner/D Wing). If you are arriving after hours, after 10 p.m. & before 6:30 a.m., please use the Emergency Entrance and register at Switchboard.
 
If you are in active labour:
Please go directly to the Maternity Unit on the lower level. Take the elevator near the Emergency Department to the lower level and follow the signs to Maternity (Turner/D Wing).

Planning Your Birth
The obstetrical services team is committed to providing an environment that promotes choice of your birthing experience, including discussion of birth plans and the presence and support of family members, from the start of labour to the birth of your new baby.

Our team members include:
  • Obstetricians
  • Family Doctors
  • Midwives  (see below)
  • Anaesthetists
  • Paediatricians
  • Obstetrical Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Laboratory staff
  • Public Health staff
  • Breastfeeding Facilitators
  • Spiritual Care supports
If you are having a low-risk birth and are planning a family centred birthing experience, Headwaters has seven LDRP (Labour Delivery Recovery Post Partum) rooms available for your comfort where you will labour, deliver, recover and "room-in" with your baby/s post-partum. Every effort will be made to allow you to stay in the same room after delivery. Private, Semi-Private and Ward room accommodations are available.

Birth partners are welcome to attend most births. All LDRP rooms have a chair that turns into a bed for partners who wish to stay the night. You may have your Doula present at your birth to provide emotional and physical, non-clinical support, for you and your partner.

During your stay, family and friends are welcome to visit at any time, but remember to take the time to rest.

Midwives
Midwives of Headwater Hills have hospital privileges at Headwaters Health Care Centre and offer midwife-attended hospital births as an option for families.

Obstetrics Department Tours
Information about having your baby at Headwaters Health Care Centre and a tour of the unit are scheduled the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at noon (excluding holidays).  You do not need to pre-book this tour. 
 
Please arrive 10 minutes early. The tour will begin on Obstetrics (Maternity) in the lounge/kitchen just inside the doors to the unit. You may wish to bring a partner or support person with you. Since we will be walking on the unit and the space is limited, we ask that you bring only one other person with you. 
 
For more information, you may call the Obstetrics unit at 519-941-2410 ext. 2236.
 
Public Health Resources  
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) provides a variety of services for pregnant women and their families. One of the services offered by WDGPH is KIDS LINE, where individuals can call to speak with a public health nurse about pregnancy, parenting, and local services.

KIDS LINE
1-800-265-7293 ext. 3616
Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
 
If you reside outside of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, please contact the Public Health Unit in your area to see what services are offered:
Peel Region: 905-791-7800 or 1-888-919-7800
Grey-Bruce County: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
Simcoe-Muskoka County: 705-721-7520

Diabetic Education

Diabetic Education is offered to meet the needs of a diabetic or gestational diabetic mother. It involves teaching about diet and insulin requirements needed for a healthy mom and baby. For more information call the Diabetes Education Program at 519-941-2410 ext. 2525.

Non Stress Test Assessments
During your pregnancy your doctor may recommend that you come to the hospital for a Non Stress Test (NST). This is a non-invasive Fetal Heart Tracing that provides your caregiver with information about your baby(s) well being. Call your doctor if at any time you experience a decrease in fetal movement. If your doctor cannot be reached, call the Labour and Delivery Unit at 519-941-2410 ext. 2236.
 
Ontario Newborn Screening
Newborn screening is a test done shortly after birth to test for treatable diseases that usually show no symptoms in the newborn period.
 
Using a heel-prick, a small amount of blood is collected from all babies about 24 hours after birth. In Ontario, this blood is sent to Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) in Ottawa where it is tested for 29 diseases. With these diseases, early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment.
Your baby will also be screened for critical congenital heart disease, or CCHD. This is a quick and painless test called pulse oximetry that measures the level of oxygen in a baby’s blood. This test is done at the bedside and results are available right away.
 
During the newborn screening blood test, there are ways you can help ease your baby’s pain. Watch this brief video:


Talk to your nurse or lab tech about using these treatments during blood tests and other painful procedures. For more information on Ontario Newborn Screening, visit NewbornScreening.on.ca
 
Newborn Health Card
After the baby is born, you will be issued a temporary Newborn Health Card so that you are able to receive care until your baby's permanent Ontario Health Card arrives.