Pre and Postnatal Care
Generally, the woman's first appointment is with her family physician or healthcare provider. Mother and baby's care begins from the moment a pregnancy is confirmed. The Prenatal Clinic at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAH) provides complete prenatal care for women with low-risk pregnancies from the early onset of pregnancy to birth and afterwards. This experience is designed to be as comfortable and convenient for you as possible.
How to Make an Appointment
A physician referral is not necessary to make an appointment. You can make an appointment by calling 705-645-4404, ext 3272. You can also use this number for any questions or concerns you may have about your pregnancy, information about classes in Prenatal Care, Breast Feeding, Labour and Delivery.
In the Family Centred Care Unit, a team of physicians and registered nurses use a family-centred approach and are available 24/7 to provide compassionate care during labour, delivery and after your baby is born. Your birthing experience is an individual one that will follow your birthing plan. During labour, an obstetrical nurse is assigned to each patient to provide one-on-one care.
- Birthing beds and overhead radiant infant warmers
- Tub with jets for use in labour
- Patient lounge with fridge, microwave and flat-screen TV
- Overnight stay lists and preparation support
- Birthing ball and birthing stool available
- Support for natural childbirth, as well as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and anaesthesia coverage for walking epidurals
- Community partnerships and resources including Public Health, Great Beginnings, Early Years, Infant Hearing Screening, Smokers' Helpline and Helping Hands Programs
For more information visit the Obstetrics Webpage in the Algonquin Healthcare website or call:
South Muskoka Memorial Hospital site at 705-645-4404, ext 3272
Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Site at 705-789-0022, ext 2262
Women with postpartum depression have such strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that they have trouble coping with their daily tasks. Postpartum depression can occur at any time after birth, but it most commonly starts 1–3 weeks after delivery.
In Muskoka, there are several resources to assist new mothers with postpartum depression. Click on any of the links below or left to learn more.
Muskoka Postpartum Peer Support Group, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Midwives of Muskoka and People Matter.
Midwives of Muskoka provide prenatal, labour and delivery, and postpartum care for low risk women. Their philosophy is based on informed choice by the woman, choice of birth place, and continuity of care. The midwives provide home delivery, or hospital delivery at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, and South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.