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Behind the Scenes: Labour and Delivery at Cornwall Hospital


Pregnancy is an exciting and anxiety provoking time for you and your family; but, be comforted to know that at Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), you and your baby are in expert hands.

CCH is home to a fully staffed and modern Labour and Delivery Unit where expecting mothers can deliver their babies in a compassionate, safe, modern and supportive setting.

Every year, our Labour and Delivery Unit helps to deliver nearly 600 babies from across Eastern Ontario.

Located on the sixth floor of the hospital, our recently redeveloped Labour and Delivery Unit houses spacious, private labour and delivery rooms, each equipped with whirlpool tubs, padded benches, rocking chairs and windows providing beautiful sunset and sunrise views over the City of Cornwall.

State of the art technology has been incorporated throughout, including recently acquired Panda Warmers, which are utilized in births to warm the baby as the pediatric teams assess the infant.

The unit is also home to an Early Labor Lounge, which is a comfortable, alternative space to allow labour to continue as naturally as if mom were still at home. The Lounge is a more home-like, relaxing space with chairs and low-lighting, where you can listen to soothing music, watch television, use birthing balls or peanut balls. This is to help moms keep active and move around during labour, which can provide comfort, advance labour and help reduce the need for caesarean delivery.

By delivering a baby in an urban centre such as Cornwall, moms also benefit from having access to a fully staffed team of healthcare professionals to ensure the labour and delivery process goes as smoothly and safely as possible, and that they can receive the best postpartum care and education before going home.

Nearly 30 nurses work exclusively within our Labour and Delivery Unit, specially trained and certified through the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and Fetal Health Surveillance Program.

Moms can also expect 24/7 obstetrician coverage, physician coverage for newborns, and respiratory therapists on-site at all times who are trained in neonatal resuscitation in the event there are any breathing complications with the baby during labour and delivery and up to the age of 28 days.

Although all of the nurses on our Labour and Delivery Unit receive breastfeeding training, there are certified Lactation Consultants who specialize with helping new moms with breastfeeding and providing education.

We are also proud to welcome midwives as part of our larger care team at the hospital. The Gentle Beginnings Midwifery Group hold privileges at CCH and proudly support many moms who wish to benefit from the unique care experience offered by midwives but wish to give birth in the safety of a hospital. The midwives, obstetricians, infant providers and nurses all work collaboratively to provide the best team-based care possible.

The truth is, kindness and compassion are just as important as the medical care provided, the equipment used and the policies put in place. We pride ourselves on offering a culture of kindness, compassion and empathy in our Labour and Delivery Unit, and across our entire hospital.

On Thursday, August 25, CCH’s Labour and Delivery Unit will be the recipient of our Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon. Thanks to sponsors and donors across the community, the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation will raise funds to purchase a new birthing bed, three new monitors to measure the vitals of mothers and babies, and a new space for breastfeeding families within the Woman and Children’s Health Unit.

If you’re interested in supporting this initiative, please visit, and listen to BOOM! 109.1 and 104.5 Fresh Radio from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 25th.

For a better look behind the scenes, videos of our Labour and Delivery Unit are being produced in support of the Radiothon. You can watch them on the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation’s Facebook page at