Birthing Centre & Assessment Area

Birthing Centre

You will come to the Birthing Centre to have your baby if you are being induced, or in labour, or if you are booked for a Caesarean birth. You are welcome to have any support people you want with you during your labour. Please discuss your plans with your caregivers during pregnancy.

Assessment Area

Once in the Birthing Centre, you will go to the Assessment area and a nurse will meet with you/your family.

You should call or come to the Assessment Area:

  • if your water has broken
  • if you have any vaginal bleeding
  • if you are concerned about yourself or your baby (i.e. concern about your baby's movements)
  • when your contractions are regular and uncomfortable
  • if you are booked for an induction by your doctor
  • if you are booked for Rh Immunoglobulin testing

You, together with your health care team will decide if you need to be admitted to the hospital. Many women go home from the Assessment Area. If you do go home, the next time you come to the hospital you still need to check into the Assessment Area before you are fully admitted to the Birthing Area.

At any stage of your pregnancy

These symptoms may appear at any time during your pregnancy. If you have any of these, report them to your doctor or midwife no matter what stage of your pregnancy you are in.

  • Bright red bleeding from the vagina
  • Leaking of fluid from the vagina
  • Sudden swelling of the face and hands
  • A severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe pain in your stomach area or side
  • Fever and chills (temperature above 38.3ºC or 101ºF)
  • Nausea and vomiting that continues
  • Pain or a burning feeling when urinating (peeing)
  • Uterine Contractions; Before 37 weeks, contractions may feel like backache or cramping. 
    If contractions become regular and you have more then 4 in an hour, it would be important to 
    contact your health care provider. After 37 weeks, contractions that are regular (approx. 
    every 5 min.) may be your first signs of labour
  • Motor vehicle accident or blow to the abdomen

It is important to seek medical advice, no matter the day or time.