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
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.
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.
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?
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