Prenatal Services & Education
Non stress tests are provided to non-labouring women who have been referred by their obstetrician/midwife/family physician. The test involves the painless, external application of abdominal electrodes that monitor the baby's heart rate and activity. This test is designed to monitor the well-being of the baby for women who may be at risk for experiencing complications during pregnancy. This procedure is provided in our out-patient clinic by a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.
The Non Stress Test (NST) takes a minimum of 20 minutes. It is recommended to have something to eat prior to coming to hospital.
A Baby's Coming – Prenatal Education
Southlake promotes prenatal education as the most effective way for women to prepare for their childbirth experience and to gain information on how best to care for themselves and their babies following birth. Classes are taught by a highly experienced team specializing in pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Each class is designed to assist expectant parents make informed choices both during and after pregnancy. Each course consists of four classes.
- Option A: Four Weekly Classes
Tuesdays - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Option B: Weekend
Friday - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Both Options A & B include the following classes:
Process of labour and birth - signs of labour, when to go to the hospital, breathing, exercises and relaxation techniques.
Comfort measures - pain management (all options presented), birthing, and relaxation techniques.
When things don't go as planned - information on inductions, caesareans, forceps, vacuum, breech, episiotomy, and laceration. This class includes a tour of the Birthing Unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Immediate care of mom and baby following birth - includes the baby's bath, post-partum blues, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding.
Register early (preferably by 20 weeks of pregnancy). Women expecting more than one child are advised to register earlier.
Prenatal Education Class Schedule
Prenatal Education Registration Form.
A course refund will only be issued for those cancellations received more than 14 days in advance of the first scheduled class, minus a $25 administration fee. A refund may be available for those cancellations associated with premature delivery.
Note: We are unable to accommodate rearranging class dates due to the limited availability of spaces.
Southlake Regional Health Centre is committed to providing new and expectant parents with support throughout your pregnancy. Our Prenatal Tours offer excellent education and orientation before you arrive to deliver your baby. These 90 minute tours, conducted by highly-trained nursing staff, include a complete tour of the Birthing Unit and birthing suites, and provide basic education on the care you can expect to receive at Southlake.
Cost of Tours:
$10.00 per person or $15.00 per couple. Payment must be received in order to secure your registration. Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, or credit card.
To book a tour, call Patient Scheduling at 905-895-4521, ext. 2665.
Birthing Unit Tour Schedule
To book a tour:
- Cash - accepted at the Cashiers' Office, during regular business hours located on Level 1 of the East Building, at the main entrance.
- Cheque - mail cheque to:
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Prenatal Services, Box 39
596 Davis Drive
- Credit Card - call 905-895-4521, ext. 2724
Call Patient Scheduling at 905-895-4521, ext. 2665. For information on resources available to you during your hospital visit or stay (e.g. parking, what to bring, discharge times and other helpful information) click on Patient Amenities
Infant CPR Classes
What could be more important than the ability to provide life-saving first aid to your new baby should they need it? Each month, Southlake’s ABC Prenatal Clinic offers Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Classes that demonstrate proper techniques for resuscitating babies, and provide opportunities for parents and family members to practice key steps for handling emergencies. All classes take place between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Cost: $40.00 per person or $73.00 per couple (tax included). For registration information, location and available dates contact 905-895-4521, ext. 2724.