Our goal is to work with you and your family to have a safe and positive birthing experience.

We are now located in the new Erin Mills Women's and Children's Health Centre - H wing of The Credit Valley Hospital (Sun zone).

  • Approximately 5,000 babies are born each year at Credit Valley
  • Physical capacity increased from 8 to 15 rooms
  • Rooms are more spacious
  • All rooms include a daybed for use by visiting family members
  • All rooms include a private washroom
  • In fall 2011, midwives will be integrated into our model of care
  • Three dedicated operating rooms available on the unit for caesarean section deliveries

Birthing plans are reviewed during your stay by members of the health care team to help make the most of your birthing experience.
Continuous labour support is provided during your labour experience to assist your transition to parenthood and nurses actively assist you with your coping measures for labour and encourage participation by your support network.

Labour Assessment Unit

The labour assessment unit is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Initial assessments of all labouring women are performed in one of the 4 assessment rooms contained in this unit prior to taking the patient and family to the Birthing Suites when determined to be in active labour.

Location (Labour Assessment Unit): enter at the Erin Mills Regional Women’s and Children’s Health Centre entrance (across from the parking garage and to the left of the ambulance bay), proceed slightly to your left to the “Sun” elevator and go up to the 3rd floor. The Labour Assessment Unit is directly to your right as you exit the elevator.

Visiting Guidelines

Please decide who will support you through labour and discuss with your nurse in the birthing suite. These support people are the only persons who should be with you in the birthing suite. All others are visitors. Visitors are asked to visit you on the Mother and Baby unit.

Please discuss with your doctor if you have a special request as you get closer to your delivery date.

Admission to Birthing Suite

Call 905-813-3950 if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • If your “water breaks”, observe the colour. Amniotic fluid is clear and odourless. If you observe fluid that is yellow or green, please call immediately and plan to go to the hospital.
  • We encourage you to come in if you are having regular contractions every five minutes, lasting 45-60 seconds for an hour, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • A small amount of bleeding "show" is normal and is not a reason for concern or early admission to the hospital. HEAVY bright red bleeding (more than a period) is a reason for concern.

True Labour and Pre-labour

What's the Difference?

Your partner and one other support person are welcome during your stay in the Birthing Suite. Please discuss with your doctor if you have a special request as you get closer to your delivery date.

True Labour

Pre Labour


Occur regularly, becoming stronger; then lasting longer and occurring closer together

Occur irregularly or become regular only


Become more intense with walking

Often stop with walking or position change


Usually felt in the back, radiating to lower portion of abdomen

Can be felt in back and abdomen above the navel


Continuing despite use of comfort measures (such as massage, relaxation techniques or a warm shower)

Often can be stopped through use of comfort measures


 True Labour

 Pre Labour


Presence of bloody show indicates progressive changes of the cervix (softening, effacing, and dilatation

No presence of bloody show with no significant change in effacement or dilatation.


 True Labour

 Pre Labour


Presenting part becomes engaged in the pelvis resulting in increased ease of breathing and at
the same time increasing pressure on the bladder resulting in urinary frequency.

Presenting part is usually not engaged.

What to Bring to Labour and Delivery

  • CVH Patient Handbook
  • your health card
  • extra insurance information (if applicable)
  • discardable underwear
  • lip gloss / or balm
  • maternity pads, diapers
  • two pillows
  • massage oils
  • partner's swimsuit if joining you in shower or tub
  • camera with extra batteries and film (or memory card)
  • video and/ or digital video camera (optional)
  • tape recorder or CD player with batteries and music for relaxation options
  • your personalized focal point
  • freezies (labeled with your name)
  • breath freshener, toothpaste and toothbrushes for you and partner
  • housecoat and slippers
  • socks
  • snacks for partner (vending machines available 24 hours)


See Interactive MapBirthing Suite is located in Erin Mills Women's and Children's Health Centre of the Credit Valley Hospital (Sun Zone - level 3)
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Telephone: (905) 813-3950