Giving birth at Rouge Valley

On this page: When to come to the hospital | What to bring | Visitor information | Contact information

Having a Rouge Valley baby means you, your baby and your family will be welcomed to a life-changing experience at either of our hospital campuses. Our physicians, nurses and staff will help you make this a memory to cherish.

Rouge Valley offers family-centred birthing facilities, an advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and special care nursery, and extensive links to community organizations to help in postpartum care. We have a complete staff of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and many others who are available at all times to provide support.


When to come to the hospital

There are several signs and indication that you have gone into labour and it is time to come to the hospital. Please be sure to ask your doctor/midwife about these signs. You can also learn about them at prenatal classes.

If are not sure whether or not you are in labour and should come to the hospital, please give us a call at our birthing centres:

  • Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering: 905-683-2320 ext. 1202.

  • Rouge Valley Centenary: 416-284-8131 ext. 4403

If there is any doubt, err on the side of caution and go to the hospital.


What to bring

There are several items that you will need to bring with you when you come to the hospital. You will need items for you and your partner to stay overnight, and for your baby when he or she is born.

It is always best to have everything packed in advanced, so you don't have to rush when you go into labour.

For expecting mothers

  • Clothing you will need

    • Several pairs of panties
    • Nursing bras and breast pads

    • Light dressing gown, nighties/pyjamas, non-slip slippers

  • Sanitary pads and toiletries, including unscented soap and shampoo
  • Additional items

    • Pillows

    • Watch or small clock

    • Pens/pencils for taking notes, completing forms, etc

For your newborn

  • Receiving blanket and clothes, including sleepers, onesies and an appropriate outfit to go home

  • Diapers, Vaseline, wipes
  • Car seat (please note that it is a legal requirement that all newborns leave the hospital in a Canadian-certified car seat)

For partners

  • Sleeping bag, pillow and blanket

  • Appropriate night clothes and non-slip slippers

  • Snacks

  • Camera

  • Entertainment (books, magazines, devices that can play movies or games)


Visitor information

Our general visiting guidelines for birthing facilities at both Rouge Valley hospital campuses is two visitors at a time. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Partners may stay overnight, and are encouraged to participate in the discharge classes and other educational sessions while mother and baby are still in the hospital.



To reach our labour and delivery teams, please call:

  • Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering: 905-683-2320 ext. 1201

  • Rouge Valley Centenary: 416-284-8131 ext. 4047

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