Welcome to Grand River Hospital's Childbirth Program. We are located at the hospital’s KW Campus, 835 King Street West, in Kitchener on the fourth floor of the hospital, primarily in the D Wing.
We are the largest community hospital-based obstetrical program in Waterloo Region and deliver approximately 4,200 babies each year. We were proud to be one of the first Ontario hospitals that achieved a World Health Organization/Unicef Baby-Friendly hospital designation. All around the hospital, you will see the icon to the right. This is a reminder that women are welcome to breastfeed their babies, anytime, anywhere.
For more information, please visit:
- The World Health Organization (opens in new window) website to learn more about our Baby-Friendly hospital designation; or
- Our breastfeeding policy page to learn how we support new mothers with breastfeeding.
Childbirth is a wonderful experience and we feel privileged to share this with you. We are here to provide you with care and support that considers you and your family’s unique needs. We encourage expectant parents to participate in their care by making informed choices within the limits of safety.
At times, stressful situations can occur during pregnancy and the birth. Your care team will provide the support you need. Your team will include physicians, midwives, nurses, social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists, lactation consultants and a clinical nurse specialist.
We hope that this information is helpful and that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Should you have any questions, we invite you to email us. This link will open up an email that you can populate to send to our childbirth program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judy Carson: three decades of childbirth expertiseMay 7, 2019
As a valued member of the childbirth team for nearly 30 years, Judy Carson not only brings knowledge and experience to her patients, families and co-workers, but also sense of reassurance.
Ashley Koebel: an unexpected early birth made better by caring NICU staffDecember 27, 2018
This fall at 33 weeks pregnant, Ashley Koebel arrived at Grand River Hospital (GRH) where she later gave birth to her son who was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for specialized care.
Jennifer Sutherland: recovering from a stroke during pregnancyOctober 25, 2018
Jennifer Sutherland used to think a stroke would happen to someone else. She learned otherwise while 29 weeks pregnant. She's doing fine now, while encouraging others to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Jane Keller: 35 years of exceptional childbirth nursing careOctober 11, 2018
Registered nurse Jane Keller is celebrating an amazing 35 years of service in Grand River Hospital's childbirth program, which she calls a truly magical career.
Carla Sluser: grateful for the GRH community’s support in her time of needJuly 20, 2018
Registered nurse Carla Sluser is grateful to the Grand River Hospital childbirth family for rallying around her when she needed donor blood. So she’s encouraging members of the hospital family and the community overall to roll up their sleeves and donate.
Spotlight: safe sleep practices for babies in GRH’s neonatal intensive care unitJuly 17, 2018
Sleeping like a baby takes on a very different definition in Grand River Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). GRH uses the best evidence to care for premature babies whose bodies may not have matured enough to sleep safely without support.