St. Mary's Hospital Center

St. Mary’s Hospital Center is the first hospital in Montréal to have received the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Baby-Friendly Hospital designation from the Ministry of Health and Social Services . The hospital is renowned for its Mother-Child Care Program. With more than 4,000 deliveries each year, it is one of the largest maternal care centres on the Island of Montréal. 

The unit has 12 private birthing rooms, an operating room for C-sections, as well as a recovery room and 43 beds in the postpartum unit (private rooms and multiple rooms).

Hospital Visit

For a virtual tour of the St. Mary’s Hospital Birthing Centre, click here.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our prenatal information sessions.

Birth Plan

Some families like to create a birth plan in preparation for the delivery and arrival of their child. As part of your visit, you will get a form from the Birthing Unit that outlines our philosophy of care and on which you can indicate particular wishes you may have. Please take the time to go over this form with your doctor. 

Consult the birth plan

High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic (GARE Clinic)

The GARE Women’s Clinic is located in the Hayes Pavilion at 3777 Jean-Brillant Street.

To make your first appointment, please send your referral by email at or fax to 514-734-2763. We will gladly review your case with a doctor and call you to give you an appointment as soon as possible. 

  • GARE Clinic (high-risk pregnancies)
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic
  • Non Stress Test (NST) Clinic
  • Second Line Breastfeeding Clinic
  • Circumcision Clinic
  • Gynecology Clinic
  • Colposcopy Clinic
  • Uro-gynecology Clinic

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When should I go to the Birthing Center?

At the beginning of labour, contractions often occur at irregular intervals. The frequency and intensity may decrease by simply changing your position. The labour may start, but it can
stop spontaneously.

Afterwards, your contractions will become stronger and occur in regular time intervals. You will no longer be able to slow them down with any change in position. You will notice that the
contractions will be increasingly uncomfortable and you will not be able to speak through them. At this point, it is time to go to the hospital.

If you loose amniotic fluid (i.e. break your water), even without pain, it is important to come to the Birthing Center.

You should come to the hospital if…

Even in the case of a normal pregnancy, there are situations when it is important to go to the Birthing Center for an evaluation:

  • Decrease in baby’s movements
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • If you believe you are in active labour
  • Abdominal pain that persists between contractions
  • Loss of amniotic fluid/break your water

Risk Factors

If your doctor has told you that you have any of the following conditions, present yourself at the birthing center as soon as possible.

  • Placenta previa
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Hypertension during pregnancy
  • Decreased amniotic fluid
  • If you plan a vaginal birth after cesarean

Breastfeeding Policy

St. Mary’s Hospital Center supports the recommendations set out by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Health Canada by following the evidence-based “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”.

Information on breastfeeding : click here.

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Contact us

3830 Lacombe avenue
Montréal (Québec)
H3T 1M5

Phone : 514-345-3511

Do you have any questions or concerns?

At any time, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the triage nurse in the Birthing Center:

514-345-3511, poste 3406.

Visiting Hours – Mother-Child Care Program

Before the Birth - Delivery Room

  • No more than 3 accompanying adults

After the Birth - Post-partum Care Unit 

  • Partner / Support person:  Anytime
  • Baby’s grandparents, siblings: From 8 am to 8 pm
  • Other family members and friends: From 6 pm to 8 pm 
  • “Quiet Time” is from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm. During this time, the lights are dimmed, the intercom is used sparingly and the healthcare team limits their interventions. This hour-long rest period is meant to strengthen the bond between you and your newborn as well as encourage breastfeeding. Please ask your visitors to come before or after “Quiet Time”.

Additional Information

  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the unit (with the exception of the newborn’s siblings). 
  • Visiting hours are strictly enforced. Please notify your family and friends. 
  • During your stay, we prefer that flowers and other gifts be sent to your home rather than the hospital and that the number of visitors be kept to a minimum. 
  • Our visiting hours, which have been established with you in mind, are aimed at:
    • Encouraging periods of rest and a speedy recovery for you and your baby
    • Ensuring the care and safety of your baby
    • Maximizing learning opportunities for you as a family
    • Preventing infections

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