Family Birthing Unit

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Guelph Family Birthing Unit

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Guelph Family Birthing Unit and Special Care Nursery where around 1,600 babies are delivered every year. While here, your care is provided by our dedicated, caring and skilled team of professionals including nurses, obstetricians, midwives, family doctors, paediatricians, hospitalists, anaesthesiologists, a nurse practitioner, a lactation consultant, respiratory therapists, clerical and support staff. Labour and delivery patients experience one-to-one nursing or midwifery care during labour. After giving birth, both mom and baby are transitioned into postpartum care when they are ready. 

Guided tour of our Family Birthing Unit
 FBU tour 2018
Click here for a copy of video's script.

We have a three-bed obstetrical triage area. This is where you go for assessment if you are 20 weeks or greater and think you are in labour, if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health, or if your obstetrical provider has told you to. The staff in triage will assess whether  or not you are ready to be admitted, if your water has broken or if there any issues that require immediate attention. While in triage, you and your baby will be checked. The team will work with you to make a decision either to admit you or to send you home with a plan.

If you are ready to have your baby, there are five labour and delivery rooms as well as 16 postpartum beds. There is also an operating room and a recovery room for Caesarean Sections   right in our unit. For infants born early or needing extra care after delivery, we have a 10-bed Special Care Nursery. We also look after women after gynecological surgery.

All expectant mothers are required to complete a pre-registration form and submit it to the hospital at least four weeks before the expected delivery date. Forms can be obtained from your physician or by clicking here.

Forms can be mailed to:
Guelph General Hospital
Preregistration – FBU department
Mom and dad and baby twins6th floor
115 Delhi Street
Guelph, ON, N1E 4J4

Faxed to: (519) 837-6452 or dropped off in person weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FBU department. For your convenience, there is a locked wooden box just outside of the triage door.

When the time comes to have your baby, find out what to bring with you here.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health encourages you to explore its services for pregnant women and their families, and to call Let’s Talk Parenting Telephone Support line to speak with a public health nurse about pregnancy, parenting and local services. For a comprehensive step-by-step guide to pregnancy, we recommend the OMAMA web site by the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN Ontario), a program of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), with the funding support of eHealth Ontario.

Mother-Baby Care
We offer:

  • High quality, supportive, patient centered care tailored to you, your baby, your support persons and your unique needs
  • Individualized learning to care for yourself and your new baby
  • Breastfeeding information in English and other languages including; Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, PunjabiSpanish, Tingrinya, Urdu and Vietnamese
  • Early discharge with referrals as necessary to Public Health or the Community Health Center for breast feeding support
  • The unit is a secured area to promote infant safety
  • Family visiting where brothers and sisters are encouraged to visit for short periods if they have already had chicken pox or their chicken pox vaccine. Visiting hours at Guelph General Hospital are open, though we encourage you to keep visits short and save some for home. After you have your baby you will be encouraged to use this time to bond and get to know each other, as well as to practice feeding.

The Hospital is now offering breast pump kits for sale. For more information, click here.

Every baby born at GGH is celebrated with a chime heard throughout the hospital. Our team is focused on quality care and is always striving to exceed standards and best practices. Your experience is important to us, and we want you to have the best, safest care possible.

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How exciting it is that your baby’s condition has improved and he/she no longer needs Level III Intensive Care!

We are located on Level 6. The main doors to our unit are locked at all times for security reasons. To enter, you have to ring the intercom system to connect with a Registered Nurse. For a deposit of $20 you can get a security card from switchboard. This card is for parent’s use only and gives access to the unit 24 hours per day for your baby’s entire stay (the deposit is refundable upon discharge). Weekly parking rates available. Just ask at switchboard.

bassinette_webA Paediatrician and experienced Special Care Nursery Registered Nurses will be assigned to the care of your baby. When your baby arrives he or she will be placed in an isolette/incubator. There may be some additional monitoring as we get to know your baby.

Transferring from one hospital to another may be stressful and babies need time to adjust to their surroundings. They will be in contact isolation for 5 days.

Parents of the baby can be in the nursery anytime. To promote our goal of family centred care, siblings (if vaccinations up to date) and grandparents, are permitted in the nursery during visiting hours (2 - 8 p.m.) We ask that one parent be present if baby is to have visitors. Only two visitors at a time.The physical layout of our nursery is open-concept and parents may be asked to leave during certain procedures, emergencies, and during shift changes to protect confidentiality.

To encourage mother/baby bonding we can provide a bed when available in our Care-by-Parent room for the mother to stay in. We have facilities on our unit for breast pumping and for breast milk storage.

Hand washing is our first line of defense against infection. We encourage hand washing before and after handling the baby. If either parent has a cough or cold, masks will be provided upon request. This is to protect your baby and all the other babies in the nursery.