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Birthing at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)

Making informed decisions about your care during labour and birth is very important. The following videos were designed in partnership between the Middlesex-London Health Unit and LHSC to provide you with the information about LHSC Maternal Newborn Care Program and interventions you may receive during labour and birth.


If you have any further questions, please write them down and bring them to your next appointment with your healthcare provider or to your LHSC obstetrical pre-admit appointment.

Important Notice

The InfantLine service that is referred to in this video series is no longer available. Find out about Public Health telephone support at Health Connection and afterhours alternatives. Also, the service referred to as "Well Baby/Child and Breastfeeding Drop-ins" has recently changed. To ensure that newborns get a good start, we are providing service to infants 0-6 months of age at our Infant Growth/Development and Breastfeeding Drop-ins.

  • Pregnant mother with nurseVideo #5: Obstetrical Triage Unit
    Information about the first place you’ll be assessed when you come to hospital for any pregnancy concerns or if you’re in labour.
  • Mother and partner speaking with nurseVideo #6: Antenatal Unit
    If you need to be admitted to the hospital to be monitored more closely during your pregnancy, you’ll be admitted to the Antenatal Unit. This video provides information about what to expect.
  • Mother with nurseVideo #7: Obstetrical Care Unit
    Information about the Birthing Unit.
  • Pregnant mother getting labour supportVideo #8: Comfort Measures Support in Labour
    Comfort measures and support in labour are important aspects of your care during labour and birth. This video will show you a variety of options available for you at the hospital.
  • Woman in labourVideo #9: Pain Medication Options for Labour
    The following four videos (videos 9-13) take a look at several options for pain medication in labour and birth. This information will help you make an informed decision about your care.
  • Woman getting nitronox gas during labourVideo #10: Nitronox Gas
    Nitronox is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. It’s delivered by mask and can be used at any time during the labour process.
  • Woman in labour getting medicationVideo #11: Narcotic Administration
    This is a medication given by injection during the early stages of active labour. This is usually given before you are 5 cm dilated. It will last between 2-4 hours.
  • Pregnant women with nurseVideo #12: Patient Controlled Narcotic Analgesia PCA
    This narcotic medication is delivered in small amounts through an intravenous (IV) when you push a button.
  • Women getting an epiduralVideo #13: Epidural Anaesthesia
    Epidural anaesthesia works by blocking or freezing the nerves involved in labour pain. Generally, your abdomen and lower body will feel numb or frozen and your ability to move will be limited.
  • Women with nurseVideo #14: Fetal Monitoring During Labour
    Regular assessment of your baby’s heart rate, or “fetal monitoring”; will be performed, with a hand held or external monitor throughout your stay.
  • Woman in labourVideo #15: Vaginal Birth
    Learn about the pushing stage of labour and ways to effectively birth your baby. Sometimes you may need help with pushing the baby out of the birth canal. Learn about the procedures of forceps and vacuum assisted birth.
  • Woman with nurseVideo #16: Induction and Augmentation
    Most women start labour naturally. However, there are reasons for which you may need assistance to either start, or strengthen your contractions. Learn about what you might expect during these procedures.
  • Women in labourVideo #17: Caesarean Birth
    There may be times when a Caesarean birth is necessary. Learn about what you might expect during this procedure.
  • Learn more about your recovery after birthVideo #18: Recovery - Labour Birth Room or OB Recovery Room
    Learn about recovery after birth.
  • Mother holding baby after birthVideo #19: Mother Baby Care Unit
    Learn about your care after the birth of your baby. Your nurse will provide information and support to assist you in caring for yourself and your baby.
  • Infant in hospital with nurseVideo #20: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU
    The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, also known as the NICU provides care for babies who are born prematurely, who have a low birth weight, and/or who are sick or at risk for other reasons. Learn what to expect if your baby needs NICU support.
  • Father holding infantVideo #21: Leaving the Hospital
    You can expect to be discharged from the hospital 24 - 48 hours following a vaginal birth, or 48 – 72 hours after a caesarean birth. Learn what to expect as you prepare to go home. For up-to-date information about Health Unit services for babies, please visit Babies.
Date of creation: January 31, 2014
Last modified on: February 1, 2016