The Family Birthing Center (FBC) team at Montfort is excited to join you and your family in this great event. We coordinate and facilitate over 3,000 births per year, using our best practices and state-of-the-art facilities.
During your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will refer you to be admitted to the hospital for delivery. Our team of professionals is committed to providing safe, quality, family-centered care. We encourage you to be an active participant in your health care and to be involved in all decisions related to your care. To better understand your participation, we invite you to consult the Charter of Patients' Rights and Responsibilities at Montfort.
- Our facilities
The Family Birthing Centre is located in the B wing of the hospital.
- 17 "birthing rooms" providing ample space for the whole family. These rooms have a private bathroom with a therapeutic bath, as well as large windows that provide natural light.
- 11 well-lit "traditional rooms" with a spacious bathroom and shower. Because of their easily accessible shower, these rooms are suitable for mothers giving birth by caesarean section.
- An "intermediate care unit" for newborns (nursery), which provides care for babies who need to be observed for a few hours or receive special care if they have health problems.
In exceptional circumstances, a newborn may be transferred to a tertiary center if more specialized care is required.
- Please be advised that even if you have requested a private room, we cannot guarantee that a private room will be available after your delivery. We will make every effort to accommodate your preference.
- Private and semi-private rooms incur additional costs that are not reimbursed by provincial health insurance; if you are covered by a private insurance plan, it is your responsibility to verify if these costs will be reimbursed, in whole or in part.
- To find out about your postpartum options, please contact an intake worker at 613-746-4621, ext. 2711.
- Our health care team
Family physicians that deliver babies
Dr Stephen Ballou Dre Marie-Ève Bérubé Dre Mélanie Bissonnette Dre Michelle Chartrand Dre Manon Clavette Dre Sarah Dello Sbarba Dre Pascale Hunter Poelman Dr Dean Leduc Dre Mélissa Lortie Dre Martine MacKay Dre Ruth Morris Dr Marc-Antoine Pleau-Lachance Dre Martine Roy
Dre Fanny Aubin Dr Vincent Della Zazzera Dre Valérie Dôme Dre Élise Farmer Dre Catherine Faucher Dre Natalie Gauthier Dre Anne Gravelle Dre Geneviève Horwood Dr Alain Marleau Dr David McCoubrey Dre Véronique Moreau Dre Stéphanie Palerme Dre Barbara Sproule Dre Edith Valcourt Dre Nicole Zito
Dre Erica Corsi Dr Nicholas Dust Dre Hilary Myron Dre Julie Nault Dr Michael Saginur Dre Aarathi Sambasivan Dre Jane Schuler
Midwives from Ottawa
Sarah Aboukarr Chantal Bourbonnais Angela Bowers Maija Buckley-Pearson Céline Goodrich Amy-Mae Jewell Rosemarie Parisien Hannah Richmond Whitney Tushinghmam Lia Fisher Megan McDonald (starting in August) Betty Anne Daviss Emmanuelle Dennie-Filion Geneviève Gagnon Camelia Hamdaoui Cecilia Jennings Meghann Leonard Grace Levesque Marie-Eve Lord Mélanie Pagé Martha Scroggie Mélanie Street
- Visitors policy
Your accompanying person must remain in your room at all times. If necessary, one outing will be allowed per 24-hour period. Your attendant cannot be replaced by another person during your stay. A second attendant (e.g. family member, friend, doula) will be allowed for labor and delivery, provided that sanitary measures are respected (wearing a mask, hand hygiene, physical distancing)
- Access allowed only after you have been admitted to the unit, in active labor.
- This person must remain in your room at all times, and leave one hour after the vaginal birth, or at the time of transfer to the operating room in the case of a caesarean section. Only one accompanying person is allowed in the operating room and the recovery room.
Please note: Children are not allowed during the stay.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
At any time during your stay, if you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you will be placed in isolation and will be required to wear appropriate protective equipment as needed. Only essential members of your care team will be involved in the birth of your baby. Living with your baby may not be possible. Your care team will discuss this further with you, based on the most current guidelines at that time.
If your baby needs to go to the nursery:
Visits to the nursery are only for parents (or the two people designated to wear baby bracelets). One parent is allowed to visit the baby at any time. Both parents will be allowed to visit their baby together only if the number of babies admitted to the nursery and the number of parents present at that time allows it (maximum: 8 parents). Please check with the nursery nurses. If necessary, you may be asked to reduce your visit time to allow other parents to visit their baby. Parents must remain at their baby's bedside for the duration of the visit and respect the sanitary measures in place at all times (wearing masks, hand hygiene, social distancing). In order to keep our babies safe and healthy, parents who fail the COVID-19 test will not be allowed to visit their baby.
- General information
How long will I stay in the hospital?
- Your hospital stay is usually 24 to 48 hours for a vaginal birth and 48 to 72 hours for a caesarean birth. Women who are under the care of a midwife, have had a vaginal birth and have not experienced any complications, are discharged approximately two hours after the birth. If your baby ever needs to be transferred to the intermediate care unit for medical reasons, you and your partner are welcome to visit at any time.
What is my discharge time?
- When the attending physician or midwife authorizes your discharge from the hospital, we ask that you complete your discharge arrangements and vacate your room within the hour. Make sure you have your newborn's car seat and plan for a ride home. The nursing staff will also teach you other strategies to maximize your newborn's safety during your hospital stay.
How do you keep my baby safe?
- All accesses to the unit are locked and can only be entered by ringing the central nursing station. In addition, Montfort has a newborn protection system to ensure a higher level of security. An electronic bracelet is placed on the ankle of each newborn after birth, allowing us to monitor their presence throughout their hospital stay.
Should I bring my own meals to the hospital?
- Montfort's nutrition department offers an on-demand menu to the person receiving care at the Family Birthing Centre. You will be able to choose your desired meal from our menu. A paid meal service is also available for your accompanying person ($12 per meal).
Where should I park my car during my stay?
- Parking for patients and visitors is located on the East side of the hospital, near the main entrance. This parking lot is open at all times. For rates and payment information, call 613-746-4621, ext. 4924 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., or 613-746-4621, ext. 2634 at any time.
- Non-Canadian residents
Anyone without a health card issued by a province or territory of Canada is required to pay the full amount of expenses incurred by the mother and newborn during their visits at the Family Birthing Centre: examinations, consultations, procedures, products, services, etc. If this situation applies to you, please contact a receptionist at 613-746-4621, extension 2711 for more information. Remember to let the receptionist know if you have private health care coverage.
There are several important things to know before you arrive at the hospital for your delivery. Check out the tabs below to learn more and be well prepared.
- Prenatal information sessions
During your third trimester of pregnancy, we invite you to attend a prenatal information session. Your partner or a loved one is welcome to attend.
Goal of the session:
- Provide a quick overview of what to expect during your stay at Montfort.
- Learn about the Montfort Postnatal Home Care Program.
- Discuss the early days with your newborn.
- Learn about the three key elements of successful breastfeeding.
Dates of the online information sessions:
In French (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) In English (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Thursday, August 25th 2022 Thursday, August 11th 2022
*Please note that these are information sessions, not prenatal classes.
To participate in an online information session, you must register in advance by clicking here.
- Concerns about my pregnancy
Who should you contact if you have concerns about your pregnancy?
Less than 20 weeks pregnant
- Please contact your doctor or midwife, or go to the hospital emergency room.
- During your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will discuss with you the importance of fetal movement counts.
More than 20 weeks of pregnancy
- Go to the Obstetrical Assessment (Triage) Unit, at the entrance to the Family Birthing Centre, 2B105.
- The health care professionals there will assess you and your baby. Then they will discuss your treatment plan with you.
- If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your doctor or midwife first. If necessary, you can contact the Triage Nurse at 613-746-4621, ext. 3708.
- Prenatal classes
Prenatal classes (group, private, online) are great opportunities to learn about what to expect during your pregnancy. Prenatal classes are offered at several locations in the community.
Exclusive breastfeeding is important for your baby's optimal health and development.
- In-person and online information sessions are available at several community health centers in the area.
- A lactation consultant will be available to answer your questions.
- To register, call 613-722-4000 ext. 440
- An educational sheet developed by the Family Birthing Centre's professionals is available if you wish, to familiarize you with exclusive breastfeeding and the basic principles of successful breastfeeding.
- Best start – Health Nexus: My Breastfeeding Guide
Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy pose risks to you and your baby.
Group and individual sessions are offered for parents who are expecting a newborn.
- Montfort offers a smoking cessation program. Health care workers will inform you about our program and support you, if you wish to quit smoking.
- Ottawa Public Health: Smoking Cessation Programs offered by Ottawa Public Health: Call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line ̶ 613-580-6744 or TTY: 613-580-9656, or visit Services in Ottawa to Help People Quit Smoking
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: Tobacco Cessation Programs and Services
- Remote assistance for smokers: 1-877-513-5333
- Best start - Health Nexus: Creating a Smoke Free Environment for Your Children (video)
- Birthing plan
A birth plan developed by the Family Birthing Centre professionals is available if you wish, to familiarize you with the different options available to you during labor and delivery. You can print a copy and complete it to discuss with the care team upon admission.
- Personal belongings to bring
Here are some items that we suggest you bring with you to the hospital.
For the person giving birth:
- Reusable water bottle
- Support kit: massage oil, tennis balls, wooden roller (massage technique)
- ''Maxi" sanitary pads (one bag)
- Health insurance card
- Entertainment: cell phone, chargers, tablet, books, magazines, etc.
- Lip balm, hand cream*, etc.
- Favorite pillow
- Birth plan, if applicable
- Pen and notepad
- Pyjamas, robe and slippers with non-slip soles
- Loose, comfortable underwear, nursing bra, nursing pads
- Toiletries and personal hygiene items: soap*, shampoo*, tissues, hair dryer, etc.
- Clothing for discharge from hospital (approximately fourth month of pregnancy size)
*Montfort is a fragrance-free environment. Please avoid scented products.
For the accompanying person:
- Sleeping bag or blankets and pillow
- Cell phone or camera (and charger)
- Change of clothes and toiletries
- Food and snacks
- Reusable water bottle
For the baby:
- Newborn or size "1" diapers (one bag)
- Alcohol and fragrance free wet wipes
- Clothing for discharge (depending on the weather)
- Regulation car seat that meets Canadian road safety standards. It is essential that you know how it works before your baby is born. Bring it to the hospital on the day of discharge.
Do not bring: jewelry, large sums of money or valuables. Montfort is not responsible in case of loss or theft.
- Doctor for your newborn
Before the birth, it is essential that you have found a doctor who will take care of your baby (family doctor or pediatrician). An appointment should be scheduled within 48 hours of your newborn's discharge from the hospital.
- Car Seat
A properly used car seat can save your baby's life. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions and follow all age, height and weight specifications.
How to use a car seat:
- Place your baby in the seat in the back seat, face back.
- Car seat straps, belts and harnesses should fit snugly.
- Make sure the harness straps are at your baby's shoulder height or a little lower.
- Check that the harness straps are not twisted or folded.
- Fasten the buckle.
- Close the chest clip on the sling and place the clip at your baby's armpit level.
- Tighten the harness straps on your baby's shoulders. To check that they are tight enough, you can:
- Place a finger between the strap and your baby's collarbone and pull it up. The strap should be tight on your finger;
- Try to pinch the strap over your baby's shoulder with your thumb and index finger. If you can't pinch it, the fit is tight enough.
- Make sure the handle of the car seat is in the position recommended by the manufacturer.
- Ontario's Ministry of Transportation: Choosing a child car seat
- Ottawa Public Health: Child Passenger Safety
- Eastern Ontario Health Unite: Car Seat Safety
- Early labor lounge
If you are in early labor (called the "latency phase") and do not need to be admitted, your health care provider may suggest that you spend time in the early labor lounge.
This lounge offers some distraction and relaxation, such as a TV, DVD player, and a therapeutic bath nearby, to help you manage the contractions in complete privacy and safety.
When you arrive at the hospital for your delivery, go to obstetrical triage in 2B105. The team will be able to assess you and assign you a room, if it is the right time.
Your hospital stay is usually 24 to 48 hours for a vaginal birth, and 48 to 72 hours for a caesarean birth. Women who are under the care of a midwife, have had a vaginal birth and have not experienced any complications are discharged approximately two hours after the birth.
- Pain relief
There are several methods to help you cope with pain during labor and delivery. To familiarize yourself with the methods offered at Montfort, we invite you to consult our brochure "Pain Relief during Labour and Delivery - What are my choices?''
- Delivery by caesarean section
Whether planned or unplanned, recovering from a C-section takes more time. You may plan to stay in the hospital for 48 to 72 hours following a C-section. During your stay, the care team will teach you how to care for your scar.
An information guide developed by the professionals at the Family Birthing Centre is available if you wish, to familiarize you with what to expect before, during and after the caesarean section.
- The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: Caeserean section (C-section)
- Breech delivery
Breech babies (buttocks down) can be born by caesarean section or vaginally. It is possible to reposition a breech baby by attempting an "external maneuver version''. The ideal time to attempt a version is between 35 and 36 weeks of gestation.
For more information on breech delivery, visit the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
After the birth of your baby, there are many resources and programs that can help you adjust to this new reality, both during your hospital stay and when you return home.
- Feeding the newborn
Your milk is all your baby needs for the first six months. You can help your baby get off to a good start by using these techniques from birth:
- Have skin-to-skin contact
- Make sure your baby latches on well
- Watching for signs of hunger
- Learn to express colostrum and breast milk by hand
- Breastfeed your baby as often and for as long as he or she wants.
Breastfeed your baby as often and for as long as she wants.
- Generic breastfeeding ressources:
- Breastfeeding ressources in Ontario:
- Breastfeeding ressources in Québec:
- Naissance Renaissance Outaouais
- Info-Santé 8-1-1 - Nourri-lait : 819-561-4499
Some families may consider using infant formula, either exclusively or as a supplement to breastfeeding. This decision may be made for medical or personal reasons.
Our nursing staff will provide education on how to prepare, give and transport infant formula.
For more information on infant formula, visit the following Best Start resources by Health Nexus:
- Safely Preparing Infant Formula for your Baby (video)
- Infant Formula: What You Need to Know
- Infant Formula: Informed Decision Making
- Safe sleep environment for your newborn
As a new parent, you need to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby by following the Canadian guidelines for cribs and bassinets.
It is recommended that you share a smoke-free room with your newborn for the first six months.
The safest way to think about creating a baby's sleeping space is to consider the ABC's - putting your baby Alone, on its Back, in an approved Crib or Cradle.
- Newborn care
Here is a series of videos on newborn care produced by Ottawa Public Health:
Your baby's crying
Parents know that their baby cries sometimes. A baby's inconsolable crying can be very disturbing and frustrating for sleep deprived parents. An educational sheet developed by CHEO professionals is available if you wish to better understand and cope with your baby's crying.
- Newborn examinations
The Ontario Newborn Screening Program can screen for at least 29 diseases. This screening is mandatory and the sample will be taken from the baby's heel.
A hearing screening program for your baby will be offered in the community clinic following discharge. You will fill out a referral form while in hospital and the program will contact you. For community services in Ottawa and Prescott-Russell, visit Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre or call 613-688-3979.
- A routine blood test is done on all newborns before they are discharged from the hospital to determine their bilirubin levels. The doctor may order another blood test after discharge, especially for babies who are at risk for jaundice.
The Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend routine circumcision for newborns. The FBC does not perform this procedure.
Parents who wish to receive information about circumcision are invited to discuss it with a nurse during their hospital stay.
- Gentle Procedures Clinic: 1-888-795-3023
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 613-933-1375
- Care for the person giving birth
For more details on the care of the person giving birth and the signs and symptoms to follow closely, refer to the document "Personal care of the mother in the postnatal period".
Please consult a health care professional if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding, 1 full pad soaked in 1 hour for more than 2 hours;
- Pain, redness, warmth, swelling (perineum, caesarean wound, breasts or lower limbs)
- Purulent discharge from the perineum or caesarean section wound;
- Fever (38.0C/ 100.4F);
- Bleeding from the C-section wound;
- Persistent "baby blues", anxiety and difficulty coping with daily life and care of the baby;
- Emotional instability, insomnia, suicidal thoughts or fear of harming the baby.
- Proof of birth
All births at Montfort Hospital must be registered with Service Ontario within 30 days of the birth, regardless of where the parents live.
You can do this by:
- Internet, by visiting the https://www.ontario.ca/page/register-birth-new-baby;
- In person, by visiting the Service Ontario office at 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa.
Newborn Health Card
For Ontario residents:
- Be sure to fill out and give your newborn's health insurance card application to your nurse before you leave the hospital.
- A temporary health card for your newborn will be given to you before you leave the hospital.
- You will receive his or her official health card in the mail approximately eight weeks later.
For Quebec residents:
- Contact the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) to obtain and complete a registration form.
- Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec, www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca or 1-800-561-9749
- The RAMQ may ask you for proof of birth from the hospital. Be aware that a child under one year of age who does not yet have his or her own health insurance card can receive health care in Quebec by presenting a parent's health insurance card.
- You must obtain proof of birth from Montfort Hospital to apply for Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits.
- Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca
- Since your child was born outside of Quebec, you will need to apply for the Family Allowance from Quebec Retirement.
- Quebec Retirement, www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca
Proof of birth from Montfort
Proof of birth issued by the hospital may be required in the following situations:
- Parental leave
- Reason for absence from work or school
- Claim for private insurance plan
- Passport application, at the request of Service Canada, an embassy or a consulate
To obtain a proof of birth :
- Call the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Service at 613-746-4621 x 2905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This service is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays.
- A $30 fee applies. You can pay by check or online; information will be sent to you.
- Processing time is less than 30 days.
Please note: The proof of birth issued by Montfort Hospital is not a legal document, nor is it a substitute for a birth certificate issued by the province of Ontario.
- Montfort Postnatal Home Care Program
Are you going to give birth at Montfort Hospital with a family doctor or obstetrician? Are you a resident of Ontario? Is your pregnancy going well without complications?
You may be interested in the Montfort Postpartum Home Care Program offered by the Montfort Family Birthing Centre (FBC) team.
Confirm with the FBC team that you meet the eligibility criteria.
What is the program?
After your delivery, you may choose to return home within the first 24 hours (or 36 hours if delivered by C-section) of your child's birth and receive postpartum care at home.
Participants in the program benefit from:
- Information session during pregnancy
- Delivery at the Family Birthing Centre with a family doctor or obstetrician
- Return home within 24 hours of birth for vaginal delivery or 48 hours for caesarean delivery and receive postpartum care in the comfort of your home for the first week
- A visit from an FBC midwife to your home within 24 hours of discharge from the hospital to ensure the well-being of you and your newborn
- Follow-up and support from a midwife during the first week after your delivery
- Two to three additional home visits arranged with you, depending on your needs (newborn care, your well-being, breastfeeding support)
- 24/7 pager access to midwives for the duration of your care
Midwives work in collaboration with your doctor. During the first week, you will receive home visits from the midwife. After the first week, all follow-ups will be with your doctor.
The midwive of the Montfort Postpartum Home Care Program is : Erin Chartrand
Interested in this program?
Talk to your birthing physician.
Come and meet us by participating in one of the prenatal information sessions offered online by Montfort.
Prenatal Information Sessions
For more information and to register for an information session, click here.
- Montfort's Newborn Club
A Newborn Club membership is a unique way to celebrate the birth of a child.
Your $50 donation allows you to show your appreciation to the staff of the Family Birthing Center (FBC) for the excellent care and services provided to mother and baby. It also allows you to have your baby's name and date of birth inscribed on the wall of the Newborn Club, located at the FBC, and to receive a souvenir certificate.