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Over 4,500 babies are born at Humber River Hospital each year. Our team is dedicated to providing expecting mothers with the best possible experience and care during and after pregnancy. Learn more about what sets our team apart by watching our short video and booking a virtual tour of our facilities.
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Over 4,500 babies are born at Humber River Hospital each year

At Humber, we are proud to call ourselves the home of over 4,500 births each year. Thousands of expecting families put their trust in us each and every day. Our team and facilities are designed to provide a wide-range of services to support your comfort and health across your entire pregnancy.  
"I chose Humber because as a first time mom there are a lot of things you are nervous about. My GP initially recommended me to a different hospital, but with all the technology at this hospital, I just felt more comfortable coming here."
Nadia, Patient & New Mother
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A Human Touch

Unprecedented care and support

At Humber River Hospital, our team of health professionals are here for you across all aspects of your care. We are a part of your journey and are here to provide you and your family with the highest level of support and assistance.
Powered by AI, Delivered with Care

Technology to monitor, measure & support you

Humber River is North America's most technology-advanced regional hospital. Our digital Command Centre integrates directly with our Mother & Child Unit enhancing care and providing real-time monitoring and support to our staff so they can deliver tailored care experiences directly to our patients.
COVID-19

A safe environment for mother & child during the pandemic

Having a baby during this global pandemic can add stress and anxiety. At Humber, we're here to reduce concerns and make your experience comfortable. Our Hospital takes extraordinary precautions to ensure the safety of patients and staff during these challenging times. While some things have changed to maintain safety, our commitment to the health of patients like you is unwavering.
Our Units

An all-in-one experience to support you before, during & after birth

The Mother & Child team at Humber River Hospital has several units that are designed to support expecting parents and their newborn babies across all aspects of your pregnancy. Our state-of-the-art birthing units keep you and your family comfortable during birth and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is on standby should your baby need emergency support. Our onsite clinics and medical partnerships within the community extend our care, providing you with the best possible care and support.
Obstetrical Assessment Triage
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Obstetrical Assessment Triage

Visit the Obstetrical Assessment if you: are over 20 weeks gestation and are experiencing active labour; decreased fetal movement; bleeding or are sent in by your doctor to be assessed

This unit is where you will be triaged and assessed. An Obstetrician will see you and determine if you are to be admitted to the Birthing Unit.

Birthing Unit
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Birthing Unit

We are here to support you through your labour and delivery. We have an expert, multi-disciplinary dedicated team. Our private rooms are designed to be comforting and welcoming for you and also for your support person. Our expert teams use best practices to ensure that we are providing you with safe and quality care. For your birthing experience, there are options for Midwifery Services and Obstetrical care.

Annually, we delivered over four thousand babies, and are a regional leader in women’s and children’s health care. We are pleased to adjust plans of care to accommodate the cultural diversity of our patients, our community and beyond.

Insception Lifebank and Victoria Angel cord blood banks – Cord blood stem cells can be used to treat over 80 diseases, and have been used in more than 40,000 transplants worldwide to date. Emerging research is expanding the list of diseases and conditions that may be treatable with cord blood. Humber River Hospital has partnered with Insception Lifebank to ensure expectant moms have all of the information they need to make an informed decision regarding storing their baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells. Patients have the opportunity to store their baby’s umbilical cord blood for family use, or donate it to be stored for anyone in need of a stem cell transplant. Further information on cord blood and tissue storage can be found by visiting www.insception.com/humberriver.

West End Midwives Partnership
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West End Midwives Partnership

Midwives provide care to clients throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and in the early weeks postpartum. Clients can choose to have their baby at home or at Humber River Hospital. You will be cared for by well-trained, compassionate care providers who respect the individual needs of birthing parents and their families. Further information can be found by visiting https://www.westendmidwives.ca/

Mother Baby Unit
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Mother Baby Unit

After delivery, you and your baby will be assessed for transfer to our Mother Baby unit. While in the Birthing Unit you will have time to bond with your baby.  Once in Mother Baby Unit, our trained and dedicated nurses will provide support and education on feeding, bathing, discharge, and how to care for yourself after delivery.

Each of our rooms in the Mother Baby Unit are private rooms and each room is equipped with a pull-out bed/couch so that your support person can stay with you comfortably

In all areas of the program, patients and families are encouraged to be partners in their care. In Mother Baby Unit we initiated Quiet Time from 2:00pm to 4:00pm every day where patients are able to rest with limited disturbances and focus on getting to know their new baby and how to care for them – promoting resting, healing and bonding. This is representation of our patient and family-centered approach to delivering quality and safe care.

NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

As a designated Level IIB centre, we provide high quality, safe care in all areas of the program, including specialized care for babies.

We provide initial and ongoing care of sick newborns greater than 32 weeks’ gestation in our 18 private rooms and 2 twin rooms. Our staff are skilled to care for babies of high risk pregnancies, able to provide short-term ventilation and stabilization and transfers if required.  

We have a multi-disciplinary team to provide services such as Parent classes, participation in interdisciplinary rounds and Kangaroo care (skin-to-skin).


We work with other hospitals to ensure babies and their families receive care as close to their home as possible.

Children's Inpatient Unit
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Children's Inpatient Unit

The Children’s Inpatient Unit is a 12-bed unit. Our pediatric program provides care for children up to 18 years of age. We provide spacious private rooms for parents to comfort their child.

We are proud to provide a child and family-friendly environment. On the unit, we also have a playroom for children and teens. They can use this room during the daytime. We encourage parents to stay with their child to help decrease anxiety. Each private room has sleeper bed so that a parent can stay overnight.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics
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Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics

Gynecology Clinic

Obstetricians and Gynecologists (OB/GYN) treat patients with a female reproductive system. This includes the uterus, vagina, vulva and ovaries. The department focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions in these areas.

Humber River Hospital’s Gynecology department offers comprehensive services for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, abnormal PAP tests, infertility and incontinence.

We are proud to provide all our patients with a high-quality individualized care plan. We treat all patients with compassion and respect.


Obstetrics Clinic

We provide a variety of Obstetric and Gynecological clinic for child bearing people including:

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic – This partnership with St. Michaels Hospital is to better serve patient families across the community served by HRH to patients experiencing maternal or fetal complications in their current pregnancy.
  • OB medicine - Pre-pregnancy, Pregnant, or Postpartum assessment and follow-up of the following: Pregnancy Induced Hypertension; Essential Hypertension; Liver Disease; Cardiac Disease; Stroke; VTE-Venous Thromboembolism; Cholestasis or other issues
  • Early Pregnancy Clinic - Assessment and close follow-up of women who are less than or equal to 13 weeks gestation and are experiencing/have experienced an early pregnancy loss, threatened pregnancy loss and ectopic pregnancy. This clinic provides not only medical care and holistic care, but most importantly psycho-social and emotional support

Other clinic services include:

  • Non-Stress Test
  • Pre-surgical appointments
  • WinRho injection

Paediatric Outpatient Unit
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Paediatric Outpatient Unit

Our Paediatric Outpatient Clinic offers a variety of services including:

  • Allergy Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic
  • Audiology Clinic
  • Bilirubin Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Endocrinology Clinic
  • Feeding Clinic
  • GI Clinic
  • Neonatal Follow-up Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Nutrition Clinic
  • Occupational Therapy Clinic
  • Orthopaedic Clinic  
  • Paediatric Followup Clinic
  • Paediatric Surgical Clinic
  • Respirology Clinic
  • Totally Kids Walk-In Clinic All Children Welcome! NOTE: This clinic is currently closed during COVID-19 until further notice.
Child Life Program
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Child Life Program

Our Child Life Specialists are available to work with children and families to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and surgery. During their stay parents are shown how to support their child through medical procedures using therapeutic play and supportive interventions.

Kids Health Alliance
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Kids Health Alliance

Kids Health Alliance is a network of partners committed to advancing excellence and expertise in pediatric care – leading to better outcomes and a high-quality, consistent and coordinated approach to health care that is centred around children, youth and their families. Kids Health Alliance will bring together partners in pediatric health care to achieve a better child, youth and family experience, improve health outcomes and generate greater value. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.kidshealthalliance.ca/en/

Sick Kids General Surgery
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Sick Kids General Surgery

In 2018, Humber River Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) solidified a partnership allowing SickKids general surgeons to operate in Humber’s state-of-the-art operating rooms. This agreement extends way beyond operating privileges: It is a full partnership. When a SickKids patient has surgery at Humber River Hospital, they have access to Humber’s excellent Child Life Program.

Totally Kids Clinic
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Totally Kids Clinic

Sometimes, an injury or sickness is serious enough that it is absolutely clear that you need to go to the Emergency Department. Sometimes it is a lot less clear, and you have to decide between a trip to the ED that evening, or a trip to a family doctor the next day. For adults, making that decision is something they can deal with. For children, it is a lot harder. Which is why Humber River Hospital opened the Totally Kids Walk-In Clinic in January 2018. The Totally Kids Clinic is open from 5pm to 8:30pm, seven days a week, year round. It is staffed by a nurse and a pediatrician. Kids are screened before they register, and if their complaint is serious enough, they are sent to the ED. Otherwise, they are seen in the clinic by both a nurse and a pediatrician.

Infant Hearing Program
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Infant Hearing Program

This program delivers various services to identify permanent hearing loss early and provide ongoing support from birth to age six. All babies born at Humber River Hospital are offered a free hearing screening, before they leave the hospital. More information can be found by visiting https://infanthearingprogram.com/

Surgical Daycare
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Surgical Daycare

Children from age one to 18 receive care after surgery. Working with an interdisciplinary team, the child and their family are encouraged to participate in age-appropriate orientation prior to surgery to help reduce anxiety. This clinic provides education/support to parents and children pre-operative and post-operative.

Our Hug and Hold Program, the first of its kind in Ontario, allows a parent to go into the operation room to hold their child until their child is asleep.

Once inside the operating room, the parent is given an active role in comforting and coaching their kids during their anaestethic. Our Child Life Specialists make sure that parents are completely supported and prepared for what to expect in the operating room, so that even once the anaesthesia starts to take effect, everyone in the room feels prepared.

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Services

Comprehensive services & support for your baby's journey through life

Our integrated health care services are designed to support both mother and baby across life's journey. Our team provides prenatal as well as postpartum wellness services as well as a range of services for children and adolescents. When you select Humber River Hospital, you are picking more than just a place to have your baby – you are joining our family of lifelong support and care.
Our Services
  • Prenatal Tour
    Virtual Tours currently available
  • Prenatal Classes
    Free Online Classes
  • Post-Partum Wellness
  • Lactation Support
  • Midwifery Services
    Provided by The West End Midwives
  • Social Work
  • Dietician Services
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Cord Blood
  • Audiology
  • Occupational Therapy
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Our Care Team

A top-rated health care team that is here for you every step of the way

Our Mother & Child Unit has over 100 staff who specialize in pregnancies, births and infant health care. Our dedicated team of obstetricians, gynaecologists, nurses, doctors, midwives and surgeons are here to support you and your baby at every step of the way.
Dr. Andre LaRoche
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Jerrylyn Guevarra
Midwifery
Shâdé (Olubukunola) Chatrath
Midwifery
Dr. Lesley Hawkins
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Linda Ngo
Midwifery
Dr. Hasan Al-Shabanah
Paediatrics
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Give your little star the recognition they deserve, while giving a donation in support of Humber River Hospital. It’s the perfect way for adoring parents, starstruck grandparents, and aunties and uncles with stars in their eyes to show their love!
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