Delivering your baby in Campbell River and District

The rainbow touching the maternity ward. Photo Credit: Dr. Jennifer Kask

Our nurses, doctors, midwives and staff are dedicated to making this experience a safe, supported and memorable one for you and your family.

Frequently asked questions about giving birth the Campbell River and District Hospital

We do not offer tours however you can watch a walkthrough of the maternity ward here which gives you a great idea of what to expect:

Yes! Your partner (or one support person if you prefer) is welcome to spend the night. There is a fold out chair in each room that can be turned into a bed.

This is often changing so call the maternity ward for the most current details at (250) 286-7100.

Meals will be provided for you and your partner at regular mealtimes. Please be sure to pack sufficient snacks in case you deliver outside these hours. Each room is equipped with a small fridge. There are limited snacks provided during labour including juice, cookies, teas, crackers, and cheese. There is a cafeteria downstairs and several coffee shops and restaurants nearby.

A typical stay for a vaginal birth is 24–48 hours. A C-section is longer at 48–72 hours.

Yes, please wear what is most comfortable for you as long as you can get your pants off quickly! A hospital gown will also be provided as an option for vaginal births but must be worn for c-sections. We recommend your partner bring a change of clothes including shorts or a swimsuit and sandals should they decide to get into the shower with you.

The hospital will provide diapers for baby, as well as personal hygiene pads and a peri-bottle to help provide relief when using the toilet after birth. You can bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, a pair of sandals for the shower, toiletries, warm pyjamas/outfits for baby, chap stick, slippers, your favourite pillow, and plenty of snacks. You must bring a car seat that will be checked by a nurse before you leave with baby.

Comfort measures may ease labor pain directly or indirectly by soothing and relaxing you. Here are some examples:

  • Create a calm environment: Dim lights, peaceful surroundings, soft music, privacy, and warmth.
  • Increase physical comfort: Walking, slow dancing with a partner, pelvic rocking, positioning pillows for comfort, sitting and swaying on birth ball (a large physiotherapy ball), lifting up the abdomen and/or rocking in a rocking chair.
Walking with a Partner

Walking with a Partner

Walking with a Doula

Slow Dancing

Rocking on a Birth Ball

Kneeling and Resting on a Birth Ball

Standing and Resting on a Birth Ball

Doing Pelvic Tilts

Climbing Stairs

  • Use touch: Massage, stroking, cuddling, counter pressure against the lower back or acupressure.
  • Apply heat (with or without water): Deep tub bath, shower, heating pad on groin or back, heated blanket.
  • Apply cold: Ice pack on lower back, cool cloth to wipe face.

The Birth

Every birth is guided by choices but governed by circumstances. This section contains planning information and resources to help you prepare for labour, birth, and welcoming baby into the world.

  • Giving birth is a natural, healthy process.
  • Before you reach labour, make time to discuss your wishes and plans for your birth experience with your doctor or midwife.
  • The members of your birth team will each play different but important roles in your birth experience.
  • Ensure you have plenty of help and support during your first days with your child. Give yourself time to regain your strength and bond with your baby.

Birth Planning

The best approach to birth planning is to discuss your hopes, wishes, and plans with your doctor or midwife. A formal, written birth plan is not necessary, but it can be a useful way to communicate your plan with your labour nurse or another doctor/midwife if your care giver is not on call.

A birth plan includes deciding where you would ideally like to deliver your baby, at home (option only available through midwifery care and may change last minute if complications arise) or in your local hospital. It can include the types of comfort measures you want available (massage, warm baths, etc.) and the options you prefer for pain relief.

Things to think about:
  • Who do I want to be part of my personal support team during labour and delivery, and in the first days after?
  • What do I hope my birth experience will be like? How will I prepare myself for the unexpected during labour and delivery?
  • What do I need to bring to the hospital?
  • Depending on the time of day, how will I get to the hospital?
  • Will my other children come to the hospital? Who will care for them at home or at the hospital?
  • Have I purchased enough baby supplies, including a certified car seat, ahead of time?
  • Do I plan to breastfeed my baby?
Questions to ask your health care provider:
  • What will the atmosphere and environment be like during my labour and delivery?
  • Who will make up my delivery team?
  • Under what circumstances might I require: induced labour, fetal monitoring, caesarean section, episiotomy, or other medical assistance?
  • What are my comfort measures and pain relief options?
  • How many support people (family, friends) may be present at the birth? Can my other children stay with me during delivery?

Home Births

All registered midwives in Campbell River and District offer choice of birthplace to low risk people. In general, this means if you have no pre-existing or pregnancy complications, are at term (37-42 weeks), are pregnant with one baby and your baby is head down when you go into labour, you could have the choice to deliver at home. Two registered midwives attend every home birth and bring equipment and medications to handle common obstetric complications.

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the Society of Obstetricians of Canada (SOGC) both recognize the safety of planned home birth and support a client’s right to choose their place of birth.

Helpful Home Birth Links:

SOGC statement on planned home birth

CMBC Planned Place of Birth Handbook

CAM position statement on home birth

What is available to you, your partner and family to support your labour, delivery and recovery at CRH?

  • All rooms are private and include a fridge and a bathroom with a shower and tub
  • Free guest wifi access

  • TV rentals available (for a fee)

  • Gowns for labour and delivery (or you can use your own clothing for vaginal births only)

  • Comfort measures for labour including laughing gas (nitrous-oxide), epidurals, birthing balls, “peanut balls”

  • 1:1 nursing support during active labour

  • Nursery for stabilizing babies who need to be moved to a NICU

  • If a NICU transfer is needed they do their best to keep baby and mom together until mom has a secured room at the accepting hospital

  • Coordination of transport between hospitals if required

  • Dedicated obstetrical operating room for c-sections on the same floor as the maternity unit

  • Skin-to-skin after vaginal birth and c-section including baby staying with mom when she is transported to recovery room after c-section

  • Phototherapy

  • Breastfeeding support

  • 24/7 Nursing care for mom and baby post partum

  • Meals for mom

  • A focus on collaborative decision making between parents and staff

  • Delayed baby bathing

  • Car seat checks before leaving hospital

  • Access to paediatric referrals if required

  • Mom is supplied with personal hygiene pads, diapers, and peri-bottle

Hear from some moms who delivered at the Campbell River and District Hospital

“I had daughter in late 2017, and early 2020, both at the CR hospital, with wonderful help from Ocean Grove Midwifery Care. Both my birth experiences were fantastic, so relaxed and easy going, all of my choices were respected and my voice always listened too. My midwifes were spectacular and always made me feel comfortable and in control, the whole team at Ocean Grove Midwifery are amazing and just the best people to help being your baby earthside.”

Campbell River Mom

“I received my prenatal and post natal care with the Drs. at the Maternity clinic. I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Logan who I was so grateful was the doctor on call when my daughter was born!!

Dr. Logan and the staff at the Maternity Ward were very respectful of my birth wishes. I wanted an unmedicated natural birth with no uneccesary interventions. My birth at the CR Hospital was a positive, calm experinece. The staff were very accommodating as my partner had set up a few things (music, dimmed the lights, and turned on some LED candles) in the room to help me feel more comfortable in the environment.”

Campbell River Mom

“The staff on the labour and deliver floor, are some of the most amazing people, they are knowledgeable, kind, helpful and so respectful. They worked like a well oiled machine. I will be forever thankful to the staff in Campbell River Labour and Delivery.”

Campbell River Mom
“My labour experience at CR Hospital was wonderful! It wasn’t my birth plan whatsoever but the nurses eased my nerves for my emergency c-section. All my questions were answered and lots of patience was hard during my many tears. Great staff and I will have my second child there again and I know I will be in good hands.”
Campbell River Mom

If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to call the Maternity Ward at the Campbell River and District Hospital at (250) 286-7100.

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Contact Info

Mailing address:
375 2nd Avenue
Campbell River, BC V9W 3V1