Program Description:

This program provides care to both outpatients and inpatients. The care provided consists of antenatal triage, labour and delivery, as well as caesarian births.

General Information:

Number of beds: 3 Birthing Rooms, 4 labour rooms

Team Composition: RN’s, CNS, Social Worker, Dietician, Obstetricians, OB residents, medical students, nursing students, Anesthesia, Pharmacist

Average Length of Stay: 2-48 hours

Nurse to patient ratio: 1:1 in active labour, 1:3-4 triage

Hospital Site: Victoria Hospital Level 3

Scheduling Information:

  • There are 4, 8, and 12 hour shifts available
    • 0700-1900, 1900-0700, 0700-1500, 1500-2300, 2300-0700

Background Essentials:


  • Registered Nurse, currently registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Recent obstetrical nursing experience required
  • NRP certification or intent to complete within 6mos-1yr
  • Breast feeding course or intent to complete within 6mos-1yr
  • Demonstrated skills in patient teaching
  • Knowledge of philosophy and concepts of Family Centred Care
  • Well-developed assessment skills and nursing knowledge base
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to establish a therapeutic rapport and skilled in the identification of strengths, coping abilities and needs of women and families
  • Demonstrated professional growth and development
  • Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis
  • Effective conflict identification and resolution skills

Professional Assets:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • CNA Perinatal Certification
  • Recent completion of the Fetal/Maternal Assessment and/or Obstetrical/Neonatal nursing course
  • BCLS

Professional Development:

  • Monthly in-services
  • Unit specific in-services as required on a regular basis
  • Yearly NRP education sessions for certification\re-certification
  • Professional development encouraged and supported financially
  • Opportunities provided for involvement in unit based professional practice committees, organizational quality committees

Student Consolidation:

  • BScN students have consolidation experiences in 4th year

Program Links:

  • Electronic access to various online journals thru intranet library site
  • LHSC Birthing Unit Website
  • AWHONN, SOGC, Canadian Nurses Association, CNO, RNAO, CPS websites are helpful
  • Certification course are available through the Canadian Nurses Association