Community Midwives of Thunder Bay encourages and supports families to explore choice of birthplace.  Please ask questions and seek advice from your midwifery team at your prenatal appointments.  For more information on choice of birthplace, please refer to the Association of Ontario Midwives at

Where you plan to deliver is a personal choice for every family. Once you have explored your options, our work as your midwifery team is to respect and facilitate your planned choice of birthplace. We always strive to create a warm, comforting, and supportive birth environment; one in which you and your family can feel confident and empowered to have the best birth experience possible.

Hospital Birth

The registered midwives in Thunder Bay maintain hospital privileges at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). Each labour and delivery room is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub, arm chairs, and comfortable furnishings. TBRHSC is a new facility with up to date equipment and resources. For more information on the hospital Labour and Delivery Unit, check out their website at

Midwifery clients who choose to give birth in hospital:

  • May feel safer and more relaxed than at home
  • May want timely access to pain medication or an epidural
  • May be able to go home within hours of giving birth if they choose

Hospital birth supplies list:

  • Food and drinks for laboring woman and her support people
  • Portable music player (if desired)
  • Clothes to labour in if you prefer not to wear a hospital gown
  • Hairbrush, toothbrush and paste, other personal care items as desired
  • Bathrobe and slippers, lip balm
  • Change of clothes including underwear for going home (comfortable and loose)
  • Health card and additional health insurance information
  • Camera
  • one soft hat, 2 diaper shirts, 2 sleepers, blankets, and socks for baby
  • Car seat and extra warm clothing and blankets for baby

For labouring at home:

  • Gravol and Tylenol – for rest in early labor
  • Digital oral thermometer
  • Covering to protect carpets/mattress–consider plastic drop sheets or shower curtains from the Dollar Store
  • Extra pillows
  • Bendable drinking straws
  • Hot water bottle or rice bag