Family birthing centre

In order to ensure everyone's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking a gradual approach to welcoming more visitors to Montfort. 

At the Family Birthing Centre:
  • A single person is allowed at the bedside of the person giving birth.
  • A second person may be allowed during labour and birth only.
  • Exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons.
For additional information, visit the Can I visit a patient at the hospital section on the Montfort and the novel coronavirus page.

You probably have a number of questions and concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. That's normal, and we're here to help you.

At the Family Birthing Centre (FBC), your safety, the safety of your family and the safety of your care team members is our priority. To ensure everyone's safety, certain restrictions are in place and may change without notice as the situation evolves. That is why we ask that you consult this page before coming to Montfort.

If you have an appointment

If it's an appointment for yourself, you have to come alone. If it is an appointment for your baby, only one adult is asked to accompany the child. This person can be a parent or other family member, but must not have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or congestion. If you have symptoms, call the clinic so we can make a plan with you before your visit.

If you need to come to the Family Birthing Centre

You may be accompanied by only one person for the duration of your stay at the FBC.

If you, or the person accompanying you, have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or congestion, call the FBC so we can make a plan with you before your arrival.

During your stay

  • Your accompanying person must remain in your room at all times. If necessary, one outing will be authorized per 24-hour period.
  • The person accompanying you cannot be replaced by another person during your stay. Any other visitors will also not be allowed.
  • A second support person (e.g., family member, friend, doula) will be authorized for labour and birth, provided that sanitary measures are respected (wearing a mask, hand hygiene, physical distancing)
    • Access will be granted upon your admission to the unit, in active labour
    • This person must remain in your room at all times, and leave one hour after vaginal birth, or upon transfer to the operating room, in the case of a caesarean section
    • Only one support person is allowed in the operating room and recovery room.
  • Bring everything you will need for the duration of your stay (food, snacks, clothing, etc.).
  • A meal service ($) will be available for your accompanying person. Food orders from outside the hospital (ex, UberEats) are not permitted.

Note: Children or any other visitor (including doula) 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 if necessary.
  • Only essential members of your health care team will be involved in the birth of your baby.
  • Co-habitation with your baby may not be possible. Your health care team will discuss this further with you, according to the latest guidelines at that time.

If your baby needs to go to the nursery

  • Visits to the nursery is limited to parents (or the two people assigned to wear the baby bracelets). One parent is permitted to visit the baby at all times. Both parents will only be allowed to visit their baby together if the number of babies admitted to the nursery and the number of parents at that time allows it (maximum: 8 parents). Please check with the nursery nurses. If necessary, you may be asked to reduce the time of your visit to allow other parents to visit their babies.
  • Parents must always remain at their baby's bedside for the duration of the visit and respect sanitary measures in place (wearing a mask, hand hygiene, social distancing).
  • In order to keep our babies safe and healthy, parents who fail the COVID screening will not be allowed to visit their baby.  

Hôpital Montfort’s Family Birthing Centre (FBC) team is delighted to be with you and your family for this joyful event. We invite you to give birth in a safe, one-of-a-kind setting. We coordinate and assist over 3,000 births each year thanks to our best practices and the cutting-edge technology of our facilities. Our facilities include 17 birthing rooms reserved for labour and delivery.

While you are pregnant, your doctor or midwife will send an admission request for your child’s delivery to the hospital. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing quality, family-centred care. We encourage you to actively participate in your health care and participate in every decision that affects it. To better understand your role, please read the Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities at Montfort.

Not only do our values of compassion, excellence, respect and commitment set us apart, we also offer care in the official language of your choice. We are pleased to have you with us and we will all join our efforts to make your baby’s birth a positive and memorable occasion! 


The Family Birthing Centre facilities located in Wing B (West Building) of the hospital offer attentive, state-of-the-art services in the tranquil atmosphere and friendly warmth of its carefully appointed rooms.

  • 17 spacious birthing rooms equipped with a large private bathroom, whirlpool bath, loads of space for the entire family and large windows that flood the space with natural light.
  • 11 well-lit "traditional rooms" equipped with a bathroom and spacious shower. Because of their easily accessible showers, these rooms are suitable for mothers giving birth by cesarean.
  • An "intermediate care nursery" for newborns delivers care to babies requiring a few hours of observation or special care for health concerns. In some circumstances, a newborn may need be transferred to a tertiary care facility for more specialized care.

Additional charges apply to private and semi-private rooms which are not covered by provincial health insurance; if you subscribe to a private insurance plan, you are responsible for making the necessary inquiries to determine whether these charges are refundable in whole or in part. To find out more about your post-natal accommodations, please contact a receptionist at 613-746-4621, extension 2711.

Please be advised that even if you request a private room, there is no guarantee that one will be available after the birth of your baby. We will try our best to accommodate your preference.  

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.