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 http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp
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.
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.
The Region of Waterloo Public Health now offers a free online prenatal program. It is available 24 hours a day over 9 months. It can be taken on its own, or give extra information for those attending an in person childbirth class. For more information see www.regionofwaterloo.ca/onlineprenatal
All women who are planning to deliver at CMH are encouraged to attend pre-registration at approximately 24 weeks gestation. A clerk will register and set up the mother’s chart and will ask to view the video.
For all enquiries and registration information, please call (519)621-2333 ext. 4355.
You now have two options with our NEW pre-registration form online:
Your Health Care Provider will have the pre-registration package available to you to fill in at their office, once you have completed the pre-registration form please hand the form back to your health care provider or midwife, they will then fax your form to Cambridge Memorial Hospital at 519-740-4944
Complete the pre-registration form online, print the pre-registration form - Please fax your form once fully completed to the following Fax Number at CMH 519-740-4944
What happens after we receive your pre-registration form?
The Obstetrical Clerical Team will register your chart so that you will be prepared for your visit when you arrive at Cambridge Memorial hospital. If any clarification is required on the information you have given, our clerical team will be in contact with you.
What about my bed accommodation?
You will fill your request and secondary information on the pre-registration form, if you have any concerns or questions please contact Patient Accounts at extension 2321.
Please click here to find more information about CMH Childbirth Program.
- Mothers and their new babies remain in the birthing area for approximately 3 hours following birth to facilitate bonding, early initiation of breastfeeding and to provide a private venue for the family to celebrate the birth of their new baby. Mothers and new babies are then transferred to the postpartum area.
Resource for Parents: -
Region of Peel Public Health - Taking Care of Your Newborn (bath) https://www.peelregion.ca/health/family-health/newborn-care/take-care/washing-baby.htm
Bath Video for Parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTCxGfN5Z5I
Perinatal Mood Disorder Resources in Ontario: https://www.lifewithababy.com/lwabblog/4986652
Newborn Health Cards
Please visit our Clerical Team in Obstetrics on A4 to request the Ontario Health Card Number/Birth Registration Form. Custodial Parents or Guardians will be asked to complete the form prior to discharge and retain the tear off portion. CMH will forward completed forms by courier to Service Ontario on a weekly basis. Service Ontario will complete the registration process. You will receive your child’s Health Card in the mail.
What I Need to Know
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)
- pillows, breastfeeding pillow (optional)
- popsicles (optional)
Please bring for your newborn or your baby who is in hospital:
- 1 – 2 packs newborn or age appropriate diapers
- wipes, barrier cream
- clothing for trip home
- undershirts, socks & hats
- receiving blankets
- safety-approved car seat
If you are the support person of a woman or child please bring:
- pillow, sleeping bag
- change of clothes
- food & drinks labeled with name
Do not bring to the hospital
- latex balloons or
lilies due to allergies
Women & Children’s Program – Obstetrics
519-621-2333 ext. 4355