COVID-19 & PREGNANCY
COVID-19 does not seem to be more dangerous in pregnant women than the general population and there have been no deaths in pregnant women. It is not thought to cause miscarriage or stillbirth but may have a higher risk of preterm birth.
It does not seem to be passed to the baby before the baby is born but if you have a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection during labour or within the two (2) weeks prior to birth you should take precautions (hand-washing, wearing a mask, covering a cough/sneeze, disinfecting regularly touched objects) to avoid passing the infection to the baby.
Breastfeeding is still recommended even if you have or had COVID-19.
LABOUR & DELIVERY
Thank you for choosing to deliver your baby at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). We want to ensure that you are well supported with resources and information about what you can expect throughout your hospital stay, as well as care for you and your baby when you return home. Our Labour and Delivery unit provides care to pregnant people and their families from Peterborough and the surrounding area. Our team of doctors, nurses, midwives, pediatricians and respiratory therapists work together to ensure you and your baby receive the best care.
Learn more about Labour and Delivery at PRHC:
PRENATAL CARE CLINIC
At the prenatal care clinic, you will meet with one of our Labour and Delivery nurses who will provide you with the education you need to help you make decisions for your care and the care of your baby.
During a prenatal care clinic appointment, you will sit down one-on-one with a Labour and Delivery nurse to go over your ‘birth plan’ and expectations regarding your upcoming delivery. Our nurse will be happy to provide a tour of the unit (including a birthing suite), discuss labour support options, review newborn care and health screening, provide you with handouts and pamphlets to further assist with your labour preparations, and thoroughly answer any questions that you have. The appointment is a great opportunity to complete admission paperwork that is required for your delivery.
Our clinic runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Saturday. Appointments are 45 minutes in length, and are booked any time after 30 weeks. To book your appointment, please contact us at 705-743-2121 x. 3538.
NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Following delivery, your baby may be sent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is a nursery that provides care for newborns that require specialized nursing care, including those who are born as much as eight (8) weeks early. Well, full-term babies will be cared for on the Women & Children Inpatient Unit.
NEONATAL FOLLOW-UP CLINIC
This program is a specialized clinic for children who had medical complications related to, or immediately after, their birth. Infants may be referred through their stay at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or your family doctor or pediatrician. The goal of the clinic is to maximize the early potential for babies with a variety of risk factors.
Your baby’s progress will be monitored over five (5) visits at the following ages: four (4), eight (8), 12, 18 and 24 months. Your visit will include a play-based assessment where we will monitor your baby’s physical, motor and cognitive development.
Regional neonatal follow-up clinic appointments are over and beyond your regular doctor’s visits. We offer referral to community services and professional consultation, as needed. A written summary of your visit is provided to you, your pediatrician and/or family doctor after each visit.