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SJHH / Health Services/ Women's & Infants'/ Birthing Unit

The Birthing Unit


What this program does…

The Birthing Unit is where you will be labouring and giving birth to your baby. The Mother and Baby Unit is where you and your baby will spend time after the birth before heading home. The Special Care Nursery is where babies who are born early or who need more specialized care are looked after.

St. Joseph’s has been caring for the community for over 120 years. We are a teaching hospital, which means we provide education to all types of medical learners, including nurses, physicians, midwifery, pharmacy and many other healthcare providers within our program – all dedicated to providing the best care possible to our patients and their families.

We deliver approximately 10 babies per day equaling about 3,650 babies per year.

The Birthing Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton offers a full range of support services and enhanced facilities to best meet the needs of women giving birth and their babies. Our birthing unit houses:

  • 11 Labour and Delivery Rooms
  • 2 Operating Suites
  • A Recovery room
  • 2 Hydrotherapy Tub Rooms
  • 4 Bay Triage and Assessment

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Please view the following virtual tour of our birthing unit facilities:

How this program helps...

At St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton it is our goal to give each and every newborn and his or her family our personal and undivided attention. We are committed to providing safe, patient-centred compassionate care to all those we are honoured to serve.

We proudly reflect our Baby-Friendly designation by supporting, promoting and protecting breastfeeding practices and ensuring women make informed decisions about infant feeding.

Skin to skin practice is implemented with all families, according to the clinical needs of mother and baby.

Whether you are a patient of a family doctor, a midwife or an obstetrician, you have access to all of the expertise available from our entire team of birthing specialists.

Your Care Team

The Birthing Unit is made up of multiple staff members including Unit Communication Clerks and Registered Nurses. We are a dedicated and compassionate team of healthcare professionals and extremely sensitive to the needs of women, infants and their families.

We know that all families have their own religious and cultural ways to celebrate birth. We recognize the importance of these traditions and make every effort possible to understand the needs of each family. We are also aware that some families prefer to have only female members of the healthcare team care for them. However, please understand that we are not able to meet this request for several significant reasons:

  • Our healthcare team consists of female and male doctors, nurses, midwives, social workers, pharmacists and others who have special training to care for you, your baby and your family.
  • Care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our ‘On-Call’ system requires that when a member of the team is called, the male or female healthcare professional ‘On-Call’ responds.
  • We are a teaching organization. A diverse group of students in several different healthcare programs learn here under the supervision of members of our healthcare team. We welcome male and female students as part of our program.

Our plan is to give you and your baby/babies and family the best and safest care possible during your stay in the Birthing Unit.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Obstetricians
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Midwifery
  • Anesthesia
  • Lactation Consultants
  • We work in collaboration with Diagnostic Imaging for ultrasound support.