Childbirth Care (Obstetrics)

About This Program

Welcome to Cambridge Memorial Hospital  Women and Children’s Program. We are a small community hospital-based obstetrical program in Waterloo Region and deliver approximately 1400 babies each year. Our  vision is to provide excellence in family centered care that focuses on the values of comfort, respect and choice. Childbirth is a wonderful experience, a very special time in a family’s life and we feel honoured to share this with you. We are here to provide you with care and support that considers you and your family’s unique needs.


Antenatal Assessment (Triage)

All women are seen immediately if they come to the hospital in labour. Prior to admission to the birthing area, assessment will be made by a physician and nurse to ensure that active labour has begun.

Step by step guide to pregnancy: OMama

Birthing Area

The birthing area consists of five labour/birthing/recovery (LBR) rooms, an assessment and triage area. A multidisciplinary team of nurses, obstetricians, midwives and family physicians provide care during labour, birth and the post-partum period. 

Post-Birth Care

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC)

  • In partnership with the Regional of Waterloo Public Health, CMH has successfully implemented the prenatal component of “ Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC)”. This provincial initiative provides universal risk screening/early intervention for all pregnant women in Ontario. The initial risk assessment is carried out in the New Beginnings Registration Clinic.


**For all enquiries and registration information, please call (519)621-2333 ext. 4355.**

What I Need to Know

Please bring any personal assistive devices that you require for your appointment. For example, any communication or mobility device you may need like a walker, hearing aid, etc.

What to bring to the hospital

If you are a mom-to-be, please bring:

  • Ontario Health Card and Insurance information
  • medications you take regularly in labeled pharmacy containers
  • feminine pads (2 packs)
  • clothing: underwear (3 – 6), slippers, pyjamas, housecoat, socks, nursing bra & pads, extra change of loose-fitting clothes
  • personal care items: toothbrush & paste, mouthwash, soap, brush, shampoo, lotion, lip balm, etc.
  • things that make your labour more comfortable (pillow, music, hot pack)
  • camera/phone
  • pillows, breastfeeding pillow (optional)
  • popsicles (optional)
  • pen

Please bring for your newborn or your baby who is in hospital:

  • 1 – 2 packs newborn or age appropriate diapers
  • wipes, barrier cream
  • sleepers
  • clothing for trip home
  • undershirts, socks & hats
  • receiving blankets
  • safety-approved car seat

If you are the support person of a woman or infant, please bring:

  • pillow, sleeping bag
  • change of clothes
  • food & drinks labeled with name

Do not bring to the hospital

  • perfumes,
  • latex balloons or lilies due to allergies

Your Team

Pain Management


How long will I need to stay in hospital after giving birth?

  • The length of your stay depends on how you and your baby are feeling. Mothers giving birth vaginally usually stay in hospital 24 hours after the baby is born. Mothers giving birth by Caesarean are generally in hospital 48-72 hours after the baby is born. Early discharge may be discussed with your doctor or midwife.

What do I bring to the hospital?

  • To ensure a comfortable stay, you will need to pack for your new baby, your support person and yourself.  For a checklist of recommended items to pack, click here. (INSERT LINK TO What do I bring?)
  • Please leave valuables at home.  We cannot be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
  • Please note that CMH does not supply the following items:  diapers, pads and undergarments.
  • Infant security tags, baby blankets, hospital scrubs or “greens”, gowns and other linen are hospital property and should not be taken home.

Who can stay with me during my labour and delivery?

  • For the safety of you and your baby, two support persons are welcomed during your labour. If a C-section is needed, only one support person may accompany you into the C-section room and the recovery room. Close family members may wait in the family waiting room.
    We encourage a balance of rest and visitation after your baby is born. Your primary support person is welcome anytime. Your children are welcome to visit their new baby sibling as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

What are the visiting hours?

  • For your comfort, and the comfort of other families, we ask that no more than 2 visitors be at the bedside.

What type of accommodation will I have once I get to hospital?

  • During your active labour/induction, you will be admitted to a private room where you will stay during your labour, the delivery of your baby and your immediate recovery. You will be moved to either a private, semi-private or ward room (dependent on your coverage and/or bed availability) after your recovery


  1. Mom & Baby app: OMama  M + B 2B track your fertility, make a budget, record prenatal visits, create birth plan and labour playlist, track baby's feeds, grown and so much more. 
  2. Best Start: Are You Pregnant?
  3. Here Comes Baby (Bienvenue Bebe): postpartum recovery video click here (English) click here (French)
  4. Postpartum Mood Disorders: h​t​t​p​:​/​/​w​w​w​.​b​e​s​t​s​t​a​r​t​.​o​r​g​/​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​/​p​p​m​d​/​p​p​m​d​_​b​r​o​_​e​ng_lr.pdf
  5. Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Ontario:


Women & Children’s Program – Obstetrics
519-621-2333 ext. 4355