About This Program
Welcome to Cambridge Memorial Hospital Women and Children’s Program. We are a community hospital-based paediatric program in the Waterloo Region and are funded for seven inpatient beds. Our vision is to provide excellence in family-centered care that focuses on the values of comfort, respect and choice.
We proudly offer the following services:
Children from 0-17 years of age are admitted to Paediatrics on a physician’s referral. The average length of stay is two days.
Pre-Op Clinic Class
Children who will be having surgery attend a Pre-op Class led by the Child Life Specialist. The class helps inform the young patients and their families about their surgery to help lessen anxiety and to assist with their recovery. It is strongly recommended that children and families attend this class prior to surgery. Please call (519) 621-2330 x 4455 to book an appointment.
Same Day Surgery
Same Day Surgery operates five days per week for children who can be sent home the same day of their surgery.
A childlife specialist provides support for the special needs of children using our services. This includes developmentally appropriate play, education, calming techniques and distraction for our young patients.
This service is supported by a healthcare team that includes: paediatrician, dietian, social worker, child life specialist, and a diabetic nurse educator.
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.
How can you tell if your baby is ill? (Sick Kids)
Provide children with an early start in active play. Here are resources for you and your family on physical activity: http://haveaballtogether.ca/families/
Decisions about feeding your baby/child are important. Here are some resources to assist you with these decisions:
1. Breast milk and breast milk substitute in 3 languages: https://www.cmh.org/programs/women-childrens-health
3. Feeding your Child: How to feed your growing child (2 - 5 years)- English
4. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) : RSVshield.ca click on link for information on your baby's health.
Birth to 6 years (Region of Waterloo Public Health): (click here)
- Brestfeeding Your Baby
- Caring for you and Your Baby
- Feeding Your Baby and Young Child
- Sleep and Your Growing Baby