Having Your Baby

Welcome to the Women’s Reproductive Health and Newborn Care Program.

At West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH), we provide obstetrical and newborn care for low-risk pregnancies.

For expectant parents at WLMH, read our patient handout for more information.

At McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), we provide tertiary level care for families in the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant region.

We care for families during labour, delivery and after your baby is born. Our approach is family-centred care. This means that you, your baby and your family are the focus of our care.

We care for you together, so that you and your family can form a strong bond with your baby. There are times, however, when health concerns arise and we need to care for a mother and baby separately.

Learn what to expect:

Care We Provide

McMaster University Medical Centre

  • Obstetricians, midwives and family physicians deliver babies in our modern facilities.
  • Approximately 3,000 babies are born here each year.
  • We consider ourselves part of your decision-making team.
  • Pain management is your choice.
  • We are baby-centred and have lactation consultants to help with nursing.
  • We are the regional referral centre for high-risk pregnancies.
  • Our doctors are specially trained in maternal fetal medicine.
  • We have a critical care unit specifically for women next to labour and delivery to ensure women are provided the best care at all times.

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

  • Approximately 750 babies are born here each year.
  • Obstetricians, Midwives and Family physicians care for patients in a community centre close to home
  • We consider ourselves part of your decision-making team.
  • Pain management is your choice.
  • We are baby centred and our Nurses are specially trained to provide lactation supports

Labour & Delivery: When to come to the hospital

Call the Labour and Delivery Unit and come to the hospital if:

  • your contractions (labour pains) are regular or uncomfortable
  • your water has broken
  • you have bleeding from your vagina
  • there is a change in how often your baby is moving
  • you have blurry vision or see spots before your eyes
  • you have been in a car accident, fallen or been injured, even if you think it is minor
  • you have one or more of these signs of preterm labour:
    • regular contractions or tightening of your uterus
    • cramps like a period or a low, dull backache
    • an increase or change in your vaginal discharge (watery, mucousy or bloody)
    • abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea
  • you are concerned about yourself or your baby

Please call before coming to the hospital so that we can get ready for you.

MUMC: Call 905-521-5050 for the Labour and Delivery Unit.

WLMH: Call 905-945-2253 ext. 350 or 351 for the Labour and Delivery Unit.

High Risk Pregnancy (McMaster University Medical Centre)

If you need to be admitted to monitor you and/or your baby during your pregnancy, you will be brought to the Women’s Health Unit, located in Ward 4B at McMaster University Medical Centre. Here our team of healthcare professionals will care for you and provide health teaching to support your pregnancy.

Directions to the Women’s Health Unit (4B): Keep right off the elevator and before the large glass walkway. Follow the signage past Ward 4C. The in-patient unit is located behind the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic.

Women's Health Critical Care (McMaster University Medical Centre)

If at any point during your labour, delivery or after your baby is born you require specialized care, you may be transferred to our Women’s Health Critical Care Unit. Here you will have close monitoring by either our Critical Care or Labour & Delivery nurses as well as a team of experts to support all of your care needs.

Directions to Women’s Health Critical Care: Keep left off elevator and take hallway past Labour & Delivery. Entrance to the unit is on the right past Labour & Delivery.

Printable Hospital Forms

Preoperative  Questionnaire

Please return this to your care provider or bring it with you to hospital.


Accommodation Forms

Info Sheet: Requesting A Hospital Room
Preferred Accommodation
Pre-Admission Registration
New Beginnings Suite Form (only fill this out if you wish to pay to stay in this room at McMaster University Medical Centre)

Please fill these out and mail as soon as possible to:

McMaster University Medical Centre
Preferred Accommodation Co-ordinator
Room 2L2E
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3Z5