In the Family Centred Care unit, a team of physicians, midwives and nursing staff use a family-friendly approach to provide compassionate care during labour and delivery, and after your baby is born.  Your birthing experience is an individual one that will follow your birthing plan.  During labour, a midwife or an obstetrical nurse provides one-on-one care.

Special Features

  • Birthing beds and overhead radiant infant warmers
  • Tub with jets for use in labour
  • Patient lounge with fridge, microwave and flat-screen TV
  • Birthing ball and birthing stool available
  • Support for natural childbirth, as well as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and anaesthesia coverage for walking epidurals
  • Community partnerships and resources including Public Health, Great Beginnings, Early Years, Infant Hearing Screening, Smokers' Helpline and Helping Hands Program

Special Instructions for Labour and Delivery

Depending upon the circumstances, the staff will recommend the preferred number of visitors.  The hospital visitor guidelines are a maximum of two people, but exceptions are made as needed.  Please choose a support person to stay with you during labour and delivery.  Your support person is welcome to stay with you after the baby is born.

Breastfeeding/Lactation Support

Your support person may assist with breastfeeding and baby care.  Nurses are also available for breastfeeding support and the Muskoka Breastfeeding Coalition offers a variety of resources for new mothers.  A Lactation Consultant is also available to provide up-to-date resources.

What to Bring

Please refer to the list in the Overnight Stay section of our website.  As well, you may want to bring:

  • Your own pillow
  • Special toiletries
  • Camera!
  • Clothes to wear home
  • CDs and personal CD player
  • Movie DVDs
  • Snacks including hard candy and gum
  • Nursing bra
  • Ready-to-use formula and formula bottles (glass or BPA free) if you are not breast-feeding. No powders or concentrates please
  • Sleepers for baby
  • Infant car seat with a CMVSS safety standard sticker for going home

Locations and Contact Information

South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site
By telephone at 705-645-4404, ext. 3272 - Please call this number before you come to the unit, so we can be prepared for your arrival. If there is an emergency, please go directly to the ER.
By fax: 705-645-5895

Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Site
By telephone at 705-789-2311, ext. 2262
By fax: 705-789-3480

You can use these numbers for information on:

  • Information on our Labour/Delivery and Breastfeeding Classes
  • Appointment bookings for our Prenatal Clinic
  • Prenatal tour of the Family Centred Care unit
  • Support for breastfeeding
  • Any concerns or questions about pregnancy and labour