Single room maternity care
The St. Paul’s Hospital Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre is on the third floor of the Providence building. It is a large welcoming space with 16 private all-in-one labour, delivery, and recovery rooms, which create a more home-like environment for birthing and postpartum care.
All rooms have televisions, telephones, wi-fi and a private bathroom, as well as a sleeper chair for your support person. Your bathroom is equipped with a shower and a large bath with jets. Please note that if you have a caesarean section during your stay with us, you will need to move rooms so that we can monitor you and keep you and your baby safe.
Our family-centred approach means your primary support person is strongly encouraged to stay with you and your new baby throughout your hospital stay.
Caesarean Postpartum Rooms
We have four caesarean postpartum rooms. After a caesarean section, you will stay in these rooms until you go home. Each room is private and is equipped with a television, telephone, wifi and sleeper chair. You will share a bathroom with the next caesarean room.
Caesarean Recovery Rooms
You will most likely recover from your surgery and anesthesia on the maternity unit rather than in surgical recovery. This allows you and your partner or support person to bond with your new baby. However, final decisions will be made based on specific circumstances and the demands of the unit. From the recovery room, you will be transferred to a caesarean postpartum room.
*For more information on planned caesarean births, see Having a Planned Caesarean Birth.
Support from family and friends
We understand how important it is to include family and friends in your care. Currently, due to the COVID pandemic, we encourage you to have one person — your partner or other support person — stay with you during labour, birthing, and after your baby is born. During your labour, certified doulas are also welcome to be part of your birth experience. You are welcome to have visitors during your stay – the current hospital visitors’ policy notes that your visitors must show proof of vaccination and wear a medical grade mask while in the hospital. *
If you require a caesarean birth, one support person can be with you in the operating room as long as that person is symptom-free. This applies to both scheduled caesarean births and to urgent or emergency caesarean sections. If your planned vaginal birth requires an urgent or emergency caesarean section, we will do everything possible to ensure your partner or support person is there to accompany you. In rare situations, this may not be feasible.
*Some exceptions apply