When you arrive at the Family Maternity Centre, you will be immediately assessed in our triage room to determine if you are in labour and a decision will be made as to whether or not you should stay or go home.

You are encouraged to call and speak to the nurse before coming to the Family Maternity Centre triage.

Birchmount site
Phone: 416-495-2531

General site
Phone: 416-431-8146

Frequently asked questions about the Family Maternity Centre triage

Who will assess me?

An experienced obstetrical nurse will perform the initial assessment and answer your questions and concerns. The on-call obstetrician will also assess you and determine if you are in labour and should be admitted to the hospital. We have obstetricians available 24/7.

How will I be assessed?

The nurse will ask you questions related to your pregnancy and your present condition. Your physical assessment will include your vital signs and listening to your baby’s heart rate. If needed, an internal examination may be performed.

Important points to remember:

  • If you have a birth plan, please give it to the triage nurse.
  • One support person may accompany you and stay with you in the triage room. Others will be asked to wait in the waiting room.
  • Your questions are welcome at any time during your stay in the triage room. Please let us know if you need translation or interpretation services.
  • Most women are encouraged to walk around, eat, and drink once the initial assessment has been completed.