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
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.
If you have a planned C-section, please click here to watch the video on how to prepare for a Surgery at Groves.
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.
• 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
• Newborn size diapers (approx 20)
• Unscented wipes
• Receiving blankets
• Baby Clothes
• Safety approved infant car seat (upon discharge)
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
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES MAY INCLUDE:
Heavy bleeding from your vagina
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
Sudden or constant pain in your abdomen,
or bad cramps, stomach pains that do not
Sudden or severe swelling of your feet,
hands or face