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Prenatal Clinic

The family physicians and obstetricians provide prenatal care to women planning to deliver at Groves.


Depending on your pregnancy and primary care provider, you may attend our prenatal clinic for most of your pregnancy, or just in the final month.


In addition to monitoring the health of you and your baby, you will also have the opportunity to meet different members of the team who may attend your delivery. 

If you do not have a primary care provider you can self- refer to our Obstetrical Team by calling Riverview Medical Clinic 

Birthing Unit 

We are not able to offer in-person tours of our Labour and Delivery area. 

We have prepared a video that we hope will help you know what to expect when you come to the hospital to have your baby.

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If you have a planned C-section, please click here to watch the video on how to prepare for a Surgery at Groves. 


Before the Baby is Born

What to bring:

Be prepared. Pack your bag at least one month in advance. It is usually your baby that makes the final decision of when you will deliver. We ask that you bring these supplies with you to the hospital.

For Mother:
• Health Card (OHIP)
• Large sanitary pads
• Personal care items
• Clothing items (extra underwear)
• Nursing pads for breastfeeding

Labour items you may want to bring:
• Watch, camera, water bottle, chapstick, mirror
• Snacks for partner and mom after delivery
• Personal music player with headphones
For Baby:
• Newborn size diapers (approx 20)
• Unscented wipes
• Receiving blankets
• Baby Clothes
• Safety approved infant car seat (upon discharge)
For Partner:
• Pillow

Getting Help During your

Come to the Labour and Delivery Unit when:

  • Your contractions are regular and uncomfortable

  • Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower backache

  • Your water has broken, a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina

  • You have a small amount of bleeding or spotting from your vagina

  • There is a change in how often your baby is moving

  • You have blurry vision, or see spots before your eyes

  • You have been in a car accident, fallen or been injured,
    even if you think it is minor

  • You have one or more of these signs of preterm labour

o Regular contractions or tightening of the uterus

o Menstrual-like cramps or low, dull backache

o An increase or change in your vaginal discharge
(watery, mucousy or bloody)

o Abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea

o Concerned about yourself or your baby


  • Heavy bleeding from your vagina

  • A seizure

  • Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or bad

  • You feel like your baby is coming now-
    or you feel like pushing

  • You feel something unusual in your
    vagina or between your legs-this may be the
    baby's head

  • Sudden or constant pain in your abdomen,
    or bad cramps, stomach pains that do not
    go away

  • Sudden or severe swelling of your feet,
    hands or face


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