Important Information About The Program
Patient and family-centred care is at the heart of Bluewater Health’s Maternal Infant Child program in our care of women, children and families. Our multidisciplinary team includes obstetricians/gynecologists, pediatricians, midwives, and other experienced, highly trained healthcare providers and support workers. Together, we meet the unique care needs of over 1,000 mothers and babies each year. We strive to provide exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time.
Testing Notice for Expectant Mothers: in accordance with new provincial testing guidelines, and to ensure top safety of our Obstetrics and pediatric/infant patients, Bluewater Health has adjusted our testing guidelines for expectant mothers. All expectant mothers in their late stages of pregnancy (39 weeks), regardless of vaccination status, will be required to undergo PCR testing every five days until delivery. Rapid Antigen tests are not accepted. Upon admission, if a patient has not received a PCR swab result within the last five days, they will be swabbed by staff and placed under temporary isolation until a negative result (approximately 24 hours). Local OBs and Midwives are aware of these new testing guidelines and will inform their patients accordingly. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 by PCR testing during your third trimester of pregnancy, please contact your Obstetrician or Midwife, as further testing may not be required. For more information on local testing/assessment centres, visit: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-criteria/
OMama offers a website and mobile application (app) to connect Ontario women and families to trusted, evidence-informed pregnancy, birth and early parenting information. Bluewater Health is pleased to support this helpful resource for parents. Click here to access the OMama website and to download the OMama app.
The Importance of Making an Obstetrical Pre-Admission Clinic Appointment
Your healthcare provider wants you to visit the Obstetrical Pre-Admission Clinic. Please book your appointment when you are 24 to 28 weeks pregnant, at 519-464-4400 Ext. 8545, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Even if you are more than 28 weeks and have not had an appointment, please call to book an appointment.
When Can I Tour the Maternity Unit?
Virtual tours of the Maternal Infant Child unit are available on the Bluewater Health website, below.
Do you have questions regarding room selection?
Patient information about room selection is available on our website.
What Happens at the Clinic?
You will spend 30 minutes on the phone with a nurse to:
- Record a health and pregnancy history so we can respond appropriately to changes in your condition. (Remember to complete the forms you received from your doctor or midwife and have them ready for your clinic appointment.)
- Discuss when to come to the hospital for delivery and where to park.
- Discuss what you might expect during labour, delivery and your postpartum stay.
- Begin talking about infant feeding, baby care and caring for yourself.
- Discuss when you will go home with your new baby.
- Discuss what you will be expected to bring with you for your hospital stay.
- Spend time talking about anything else that is important to you and your partner in planning for your new baby.
Please be prepared approximately 30 minutes prior to your appointment time. Remember to have your Ontario health card with you.
For women of 34 weeks gestation or more, we offer labour, birth, recovery and post-partum care (LBRP) all in one unit to support family-centred care. We have eight private rooms available to improve patient comfort and provide a calm and more home-like setting. We believe in keeping families together before, during and after their birth experience. One of the birthing rooms was specially designed for Indigenous births. Its size accommodates larger families and traditional ceremonies, and features Indigenous art. Traditional birth customs such as cedar baths, and liquid smudging can be performed on-site.
Please let your nurse know of your room preference as soon as possible. Ward rooms are covered by OHIP. Please let us know if you prefer a private or semi-private room for an additional premium. Most insurance plans cover all or part of these charges, but please check your policy.
Bluewater Health has implemented an Obstetrical Triage Acuity Scale (OTAS) to improve quality of care and ensure women with the highest need are seen first. By reducing time delays, increasing patient flow and decreasing the patient length of stay we are aiming to achieve enhanced patient outcomes. OTAS is now built into Bluewater Health’s computer system. When a patient arrives at the obstetrical unit, the nurse’s computer displays all the pertinent questions to ask the patient.
The obstetricians at Bluewater Health deliver on an ‘on call system.’ The physician who is on call delivers all the babies from all the obstetrical doctors during their 24-hour shift, including midwife transfers of care. This means your physician may not necessarily deliver your baby. The on-call physician will deliver your care, and could be male or female.
Our healthcare team includes male and female staff who may need to attend your delivery. This includes an Operating Room assistant and an anaesthetist. If your baby needs to be delivered via caesarean-section, or if it is anticipated your baby may need some assistance at delivery, a paediatrician, respiratory therapist and Special Care Nursery nurse may also be required to attend.
Our staff provides therapeutic support to labouring moms and offers measures to improve comfort and manage pain during labour and birth. Epidural service is also available 24 hours per day.
Our level II Special Care Nursery is well equipped to care for fragile newborns that require additional support after birth. If baby is born at another hospital, they can be transferred here when appropriate so care can be provided closer to home for Sarnia-Lambton families.
Our Inpatient Paediatric unit provides care for children and young adults from birth until they turn 18. The paediatricians at Bluewater Health provide care on an 'on call system.' The physician who is on call provides care on behalf of all the paediatricians during their 24-hour shift. this means your child's paediatrician may not necessarily care for your child while in hospital.
We encourage and support the parents’ role in their child’s care.
For patient care experience and other videos please click here.
Maternal Infant Child
Level 3, Norman Building
Bluewater Health, Sarnia
89 Norman Street, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 6S3
Hours & Contact
Monday to Sunday, 24 hours
Maternity and Special Care Nursery Ext. 8440
Labour and Delivery Ext. 4427
Paediatrics Ext. 5213
Preparing for the Birth of Your Baby
Boarder Information for New Parents
Breast Pump Rentals in Sarnia
Breastfeeding and Contrast Media
Caesarean Section Post-Operative Pain Management
Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
Experiencing a Potential Early Birth
Group B Streptococcus
Jaundice in Newborns
Marijuana and Pregnancy
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Obstetrical Pre-Admission Clinic
Outpatient Bilirubin Visits
Patient Controlled Analgesia
Patient Request for Room Type
Postpartum Adjustment Services
Preventing Pressure Injuries
Recording Your Baby's Movements
Regional Spinal Anaesthetic
Rh Factor and Your Pregnancy
The Rh Factor:Can It Affect Your Newborn?
Self Administered Medication Program
Skin to Skin Contact
Sucrose Drops for Painful Procedures
Tdap and Pregnancy
Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots) and Pregnancy
Visiting Your Baby in the Special Care Nursery
Vitamin K for Newborns
Welcome to Pediatrics
Your Labour is Going to be Induced
Sleep Well, Sleep Safe. A booklet for parents of infants from 0-12 months and for all who care for infants.
List of Pregnancy Loss Resources for Families and Healthcare Providers
Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern - We are not accepting knit hats at this time. If you have knit hats already created, please hold on to them until our next call-out.
Canadian Paediatric Society (Caring for Kids) Website - Click here
Lambton Public Health Website - Click here