Ross Memorial Hospital - Kawartha Lakes
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Obstetrics Unit

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The Woman & Child Health Program unit has ten rooms in total. Eight of these rooms have birthing beds, which means that a mother stays in that room for labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP). This is a family-centred concept of labour and delivery. The mother's partner or any support person she chooses may remain with her during her Hospital stay. The new mother will care for her baby in her room, with assistance from the nursing staff.

Antenatal Clinic

Having a baby is one of life's greatest moments, and we want you and your family to have the best experience possible. To ensure this, we offer the Antenatal Clinic to all of our expecting families. Registered Nurses at the clinic are experienced Obstetrical Nurses who work on the Unit. Between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, all patients come to the clinic. Whether this is your first baby or your seventh, the information provided is invaluable.

Our patients have commented: 

"Even though this was my third time giving birth in the hospital, I received a lot of information that I didn't know before, which helped me better prepare myself."

"The clinic is very helpful in regards to what to bring, hospital policies and what to expect."

"It made me comfortable and at ease."

Our clinic appointments are one hour in length and focus on your stay, options for pain relief, community resources and handouts. At the end of your appointment, you will enjoy a tour of our unit. Best of all, the appointment is for YOU; it's tailored to your needs, concerns and questions.

Please call 705-328-6118 to arrange for your appointment.

Resources for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding

Programs & Services

There are a number of programs and services offered to expectant mothers in the community. These include the following:

Breast Feeding Clinic

The Public Health Unit offers breast feeding support. Call 705-324-3569 for details.


A local group of midwives were recently granted privileges to practice at the Ross Memorial Hospital.  At Ross Memorial, we see this as a positive event for local families, as the addition of Midwives will allow us to provide a full range of services, care givers and options for birth events in our community. 

Families who choose a Midwife as their primary care giver will now be able to choose to have their birth experience at the hospital.  Through this partnership with midwives, we help to ensure that families who choose this option also have quick access to additional medical resources should the need arise.

The practice of midwifery has been taking place in the province of Ontario for approximately 30 years.  It became a regulated health profession in Ontario in 1993 with the proclamation of the Midwifery Act. According to the College of Midwives, their philosophy is based on respect for pregnancy as a state of health, and childbirth as a normal physiologic process and a profound event in a woman’s life.  This philosophy fits well with Ross Memorial Hospital’s Family Centered Maternity Care approach.

Prenatal Education

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit offers prenatal education information through their website at

RMH offers VBAC delivery

Delivery by Caesarian section occurs in 15-25% of births. Following a C-section birth, most women can choose how they want to deliver their next babies. Some women choose VBAC because it involves a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, and the experience of natural birth. RMH offers mothers the choice of VBAC (also referred to as Trial of Labour after previous Caesarian delivery – or TOLAC) or a repeat Caesarian section.

A Caesarean section involves major abdominal surgery and therefore involves surgery-related risks. Some mothers choose to have a repeat C-section, because they can plan the date and time of the delivery in advance and know what to expect.

There are factors that can influence this decision, such as the health of the mom and baby and the reason for the previous C-section. The advantages and risks of each option are discussed at length with mothers so they can make an informed decision.