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​Birthing Unit, Obstetrics, & NICU

Birthing Unit



705-728-9090 Ext. 47160


If you are coming to the Birthing Unit between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. enter through the Atrium Entrance on Level 2. Take the Atrium (Orange) Elevator to the fourth floor.

If you are coming to the Birthing Unit after 9:00 p.m. please enter through the Emergency Entrance and follow the Red Navigation Line to the Blue Navigation Line and follow it through to the Atrium (Orange) Elevator.  Take the Atrium (Orange) Elevator to level 4.

Visiting Hours

Your birth partner may stay with you and the baby 24 hours a day.
General visiting is restricted to two at a time excluding your birth partner.


Birthing Unit Tour.pdf
Entrance to Birthing Unit Route Map.pdf



Obstetrical Triage Unit

The Obstetrical Triage is located just outside the Birthing Unit. All women attending the Birthing Unit for care will be assessed in the Obstetrical Triage Unit. The unit is staffed by expert labour and delivery nurses who have ready access to your Primary Care Provider.  If you are a client of the Barrie Midwives, you should follow their process for contacting your Midwife.  Your Midwife is able to consult with the staff Obstetricians as needed. 
Visitors to the Obstetrical Triage are restricted to the 'birth partner' only.

Birthing Unit Accomodations & Procedures

The Birthing Unit features eight private Labour-Birthing Rooms. Each room is equipped with a birthing bed, fetal monitor, and infant care centre.

All rooms have their own bathroom/shower. A whirlpool tub is also available during labour. 

During your prenatal visits, your Physician/Midwife will discuss the different options available to help you with your pain control. These range from breathing and relaxation techniques to injections, epidurals, and inhalation gas. One to one support is provided by a trained and educated Registered Nurse during active labour and birth.

Your baby's birth is a unique and individual experience. Any special requests should be discussed with your physician/midwife. Significant others are encouraged to participate in the birthing experience as desired.  RVH's Birthing Unit offers caesarean sections with a state of the art operating and recovery room.

Prenatal Registration

Prenatal registration packages are available from your doctor's office, Birthing Unit and Obstetrics Unit. Please complete all forms and return to the RVH Birthing Unit six weeks prior to your due date. Complete instructions are available within the package.
A drop box for registration forms is located just inside the Atrium Entry doors on level 2.


RVH Birthing Unit Tours

Volunteers will be providing tours of the Birthing Unit on every other Wednesday (except statutory holidays). There are two tours during each session, one at 7:00 p.m. and the second at 8:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend the tour and will be booked on a first come first served basis, please meet in the Atrium lobby. 

To register for a tour:
Call 705-728-9090 Ext. 47160
 Monday - Friday between 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Note: The potential activity of the unit may limit what is available for viewing.

Cord Blood Programs 

Cord Blood Programs provide parents with the opportunity to save and bank stem cells for future use should their child develop a serious illness. A fee of $100.00 for maternal blood collection will be charged to all patients who participate in a cord blood program. This fee is in addition to the fees collected by the cord blood program that you have selected.  The decision to bank cord stem cells should be made well in advance of labour. 
We encourage you to investigate your options through a discussion with your physician.