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Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family. We feel privileged to share this special time with you and we're here to provide you with the care and support that fit with your unique wishes.
As you prepare for the upcoming birth of your new child, there will be many decisions for you and your partner to make. Would you like to have a obstetrician, family doctor or midwife act as your primary caregiver? What kind of birthing options are you considering? How would you like to manage your pain during childbirth. No matter what the answers are to those questions, we are happy to support you in meeting your wishes. To help us do that, we suggest you create a birth plan, or write down your wishes, so that you can share them with us when you arrive on the day of your baby's birth.
Our highly trained teams are able to support both low-risk deliveries as well as high-risk ones. This means, that as the largest Obstetrical Care program in our region, you may be referred to Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) if you develop complications during your pregnancy. Whatever your needs are, we have the staff, expertise and facilities to meet them.
We also understand that you'll want to know more about us as you begin your journey towards labour and delivery. That's why we have created this section of the website, to help you understand what to expect before you give birth at KHSC. This includes information on what to happens when you arrive on the day of your baby's birth, a photo gallery to show you what our unit looks like, and what you can expect during and after your labour.
Please note: Prenatal tours are temporarily suspended. Please refer to the Having Your Baby at KHSC booklet for necessary information.
If you would like more information about your pregnancy or delivery, you should first speak with your primary caregiver. This is the individual who most specifically knows about your care. If you require information urgently and you are under 20 weeks in your pregnancy call our Emergency Department at 613-549-6666 extension 2111. If you are over 20 weeks in your pregnancy contact the Labour and Delivery triage desk at 613-549-6666 extension 2315.