COVID-19 & PREGNANCY
Pregnant people who contract COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and undergo ventilation than women of the same age that are not pregnant. There is a higher risk of preterm birth in people with COVID-19 which is thought to be related to how severe the infection is. Most people who contract COVID-19 in pregnancy will have a mild to moderate illness that does not require being admitted to hospital.
Pregnant people in Ontario are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the “highest risk” category. Watch what healthcare providers in the province are saying or speak with your own care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Labour & Delivery, A6 and the NICU has a number of important rules in place to keep everyone safe. Please review these rules here. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe.
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.