Labour and Delivery

Updated July 25, 2019

The obstetrical unit will be under construction as of August 6th for approximately eight weeks.

Between now and August 6th

  • If you go into labour, call the WLMH obstetrics department 905-945-2253 x350 and you will receive instructions from the obstetrics team.

After August 6th (during the two-month construction period at WLMH)

  • If your birthing care plan included a pre-planned C-section or induction, you will deliver at McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC). Your physician or midwife will discuss this change with you.
  • All other births that would normally take place at WLMH will go to Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Site. If you go into labour during this time, please go directly to the St. Catharines Site. The St. Catharines labour and delivery team does not provide medical advice over the phone. You can contact the team for non-medical questions at 905-378-4647 ext. 43283.
    • Your care provider will give you the necessary pre-admission package to be completed in advance. Your health record will also be sent to the Labour and Delivery unit so that the care team has access to your pregnancy history. If you have any questions about this process, please speak with your provider.

Please speak directly with your physician or midwife about their availability to attend your birth at an alternate site – MUMC or St. Catharines.

In an emergency, call 911. The Emergency Department at WLMH remains open 24/7.

Pre and follow-up postnatal care

Your regular care and appointments before and after the birth will take place as planned. Please ask your obstetrical care provider for a copy of your antenatal records after 36 weeks.

You can also visit for current information and regular updates about what is happening at WLMH.

Additional resources

Information about Labour and Delivery at McMaster University Medical Centre:

Labour and delivery at McMaster University Medical Centre including virtual tour
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Information about Labour and Delivery at St Catharines General Hospital:

Labour and delivery at Niagara Health – St Catharines Site
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