Welcome to the Family Birthing Centre
The Family Birthing Centre at Mackenzie Health delivers something that every parent wants – the environment and expertise that offers a special welcome to the newest member of their family. The Centre offers expert and compassionate care for mothers and their babies before, during and immediately after giving birth.
Optimum Childbirth Experience
The services, advice, encouragement and education offered by our team – from testing right through to preparing for the return home – ensure your comfort and optimum health. Our goal is to make your childbirth experience as memorable and as safe as possible, before during and after the birth of your baby.
Midwifery in the Family Birthing Centre
When you become pregnant you can receive care from a family doctor, an obstetrician, or a midwife. Midwifery is part of the Ontario health care system and is fully paid for by the government through OHIP. Midwives provide expert care to women with normal pregnancy, labour and birth. They also provide care to both mother and baby for 6 weeks after the birth. Regular checkups include providing education about choices, sharing information and resources, nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Once active labour begins midwives provide continuous, one-to-one support. They assist the mother as she gives birth to her baby, then care for both the mother and newborn immediately following the birth.
A Supportive Team
Our obstetricians, labour and delivery nurses and other healthcare professionals form an experienced and supportive birthing team. We provide the latest in care techniques, combined with a tradition of providing family-focused care.
New moms often comment on the warmth and skill of our healthcare professionals. The current facilities ensure that staff can respond even better than ever to the diverse needs of mothers and families.
Triage Area and Fetal Assessment Room
Upon your arrival, hospital staff will make a quick and accurate diagnosis of the health and well-being of both the mother and baby. This area features the specialized diagnostic and monitoring equipment that allow us to do just that, including an ultrasound machine and fetal monitor units.
After this assessment, and based on the condition of the mother and baby, you and the Family Birthing Centre Team develop a plan of care.
The centre includes eight suites, each featuring tasteful décor, soft lighting, and private ensuite bathrooms. There is ample space for fathers and other family members, so that they can share in the birth experience. The suites were designed to provide a more home-like setting. This allows mothers to go through labour, give birth, and recuperate in the most relaxing atmosphere possible.
For many reasons, babies are sometimes delivered by a caesarean section (c-section). In some cases, this is planned in advance due to an existing medical condition, or a previous birth by c-section. Other times, a c-section is performed because of multiple births, concern about the health of the baby or mother, or other unexpected complications. The Family Birthing Centre has two operating suites that are designated specifically for these situations.
With anaesthesia, women are able to remain comfortable during the procedure. Although recovery and the hospital stay takes a little longer for women undergoing a c-section, most are up and out of bed within 24 hours.
Neonatal Resuscitation Room
Some babies require extra help as soon as they’re born. The Neonatal Resuscitation Room is outfitted with technologically advanced equipment to support premature babies or babies requiring intensive neonatal support. Our dedicated team of professionals including pediatricians who are at the top of their field when it comes to caring for babies who need specialized expertise.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Some babies require extra help as soon as they are born. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mackenzie Health is a designated Level 2C NICU, which provides the highest level of neonatal care in a community hospital. Our NICU is outfitted with technologically advanced equipment to support premature babies or babies requiring intensive neonatal support. Our dedicated team of professionals includes a neonatologist (specialist in newborn babies), pediatricians, neonatal nurses, and other health care professionals.
Our multidisciplinary team of caregivers will be there to support mom and baby immediately after the birth until it’s time to go home. They make sure that mom and baby are in the best possible physical and emotional health and that all questions and concerns are answered before they are discharged. Exams are done with mom and baby beside each other. Mothers are informed of what to expect in the following weeks after birth. They are taught how to feed their baby, the benefits of breast feeding and proper hygiene, and how to monitor the baby’s health. Some mothers and babies will be ready to go home as quickly as four hours after birth. The Family Birthing Centre encourages family involvement in the baby’s care.
How to Find Us
The Family Birthing Centre is located on the fifth floor of the hospital’s C-Wing.
Information on the Family Birthing Centre is available at (905) 883-1212, ext. 2125 or at ext. 2060.