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Maternal-Newborn Services

The beginning of life and the childbirth experience for your precious newborn baby is to be a very joyous and memorable experience with our “Compassionate Care Team" at Erie Shores HealthCare.

Erie Shores HealthCare offers level one - low risk obstetrical and neonatal care to meet the needs of the communities we serve.  Our caring, team is comprised of Obstetrician/Gynecologists, Midwives, Family Practice Doctors and Nurses who are ready to make this “beginning of life” a memorable event for both you and your extended family.

LDMH Recent Birth Mothers and Newborn

Our Model of Care

Family-centred maternity and newborn care is a complex, multidimensional, dynamic process of providing safe, skilled, and individualized care.  It responds to the physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs of the woman and her family.  In family-centred maternity and newborn care, such care recognizes the significance of family support, participation, and choice.  This type of care reflects an attitude, rather than a protocol. Normally, the care of the couplet is done by one primary nurse who organizes and plans for all aspects of care for both the mother and infant.

Family-centred maternity care is based on the following guiding principles:

  • Birth is a celebration-normal healthy process
  • Pregnancy and birth are unique for each woman
  • The central objective of care for women, babies, and families is to maximize the probability of a healthy woman giving birth to a healthy baby
  • It is based on evidence-based research
  • Relationships between women, their families, and health care providers are based on mutual respect and trust
  • The woman defines her “family” and supports
  • In order to make informed choices, women need knowledge about their care
  • Women have autonomy in decision making-through respect and informed choice, they are empowered to take responsibility
  • Health care providers have a powerful effect on women giving birth and their families
  • Family-centred care welcomes a variety of providers
  • Technology is used appropriately
  • Quality of care includes a number of indicators
  • Language is important-need to support the diverse cultural needs of patients and families
To promote the health and well- being of women of childbearing age and their families within the community we serve 

To provide each patient and her family with the compassionate care and comfort we would want for our own family members.

Respect, Compassion, Communication, Community, Engagement, Quality

W.E.C.A.R.E  Philosophy, We Believe...

W omen deserve compassionate and respectful individualized care

E ducating and engaging our patients and families in the decision making process, will enhance their experience and lead to quality outcomes

C are is best delivered with evidenced-based practice and communicated with a team approach

A  ll birth experiences are unique and we promote non-separation of care between mother and baby, as well as breastfeeding

R  ecognizing the needs of diverse cultures in our community improves health care and well being

E  very women will have the right to participate in her health care allowing a successful transition from hospital to home and family

Choosing Maternal-Newborn Services at Erie Shores HealthCare

There are many reasons why you should choose Erie Shores HealthCare for your birthing experience. We are affiliated with the Perinatal Outreach Program at the London Health Sciences Center in London Ontario. This program keeps us up to date with quality of care standards for mothers and babies. We are an active member of the Maternal Newborn Child Youth Network (MNCYN) of Ontario which serves as a clinical resource and communication tool for health care providers involved in the delivery of maternal and child care throughout the province.  LDMH is fully accredited by the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation, meaning that we have achieved a high level of acceptable standards of care.  What we hear most often is that here at Erie Shores HealthCare we provide "Compassionate Care - Close to Home" which is convenient  and family centered.

Extensively Trained and Certified Maternal-Newborn Nursing Team 

Our nurses are all certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and also have advanced training as it relates to fetal monitoring, breast feeding, acute care of the at risk newborn (ACORN), as well as the ability to handle obstetrical emergencies. You will have a nurse with you during labour who will support your birthing plan and anticipate your needs.

There are nurses from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that see all of our patients prior to discharge, and continue to keep in contact with you when you go home.  If needed, they will even make a home visit.  The staff from both the health unit and ESHC, are all highly trained in breast feeding and will work with you, as well as providing resources in the community.

Choices of providers that are available for your prenatal care include female obstetrician/gynecologists (2), a midwife. There are (2) family practice physicians who continue to deliver babies.  Our multidisciplinary team works very well together providing you with high quality evidenced based care.

Single Room Maternity Care

We are a “single room maternity care” model, which means that you labour, birth and recover in the same room and your baby stays with you at all times.  There is not a traditional “nursery” at ESHC. This type of care gives parent ample time while here in the hospital, to learn how to care for their newborn by giving “hands on care” with nursing support. Since all of our rooms are private, we encourage unrestricted visitation, pending your needs.  Our unit also has controlled access to provide for infant security.

Level one - Low risk Obstetrical and Neonatal Care

We are able to care for pregnancies that are 36 weeks and beyond, level one - low risk obstetrical and neonatal care.  In the event that transfer of a mother and/or baby is needed to a higher level of care, a transport team that responds from the nearest center, which is typically Windsor Regional Hospital or London Health Sciences Centre.  We make every effort to keep mothers and infants together in the event of a transfer.

Elective and emergency caesarian sections, inductions and vaginal birth after caesarian section (VBAC) services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The majority of scheduled procedures are accomplished during regular business hours, but if needed in urgent situations, the on-call team is readily available.

 There are several possibilities available to manage any discomfort you may have in labour which include:

  • 24 hour epidural availability
  • Narcotics that can be given intramuscularly or intravenously
  • Entonox gas, which you breathe
  • Use of birthing balls, bars, rockers, ambulation in early labour
  • Shower
  • Massage

The service has a very high level of patient satisfaction. We attribute this to the joyful experience of having a new baby, the new surroundings, the good food, patient centered compassionate care philosophy and competent health care team.  Erie Shores HealthCare provides “Compassionate Care – Close to Home."

ESHC is here for our community and we
would be honoured to be a part your childbirth experience! 


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