The Almonte General Hospital (AGH) Obstetrical Unit has been providing excellent obstetrical care to mothers and babies for generations.

  The Hospital’s highly trained doctors, nurses and midwives, modern birthing facilities, and smaller size combine state-of-the-art obstetrical services with exceptional personal care and attention.

AGH is a designated Regional Level 1 Obstetrical Centre, which means it provides care for lower-risk, healthy moms and healthy babies who are deemed appropriate to deliver safely at AGH.

Pregnancy is generally straightforward, without complications. Should a medical issue arise, the mom or baby may require transfer to an obstetrical centre providing a higher level of care to ensure a healthy mom and healthy baby.

AGH is committed to providing safe, high-quality obstetrical care. In November 2012, AGH hosted a two-day intensive workshop titled Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN). Obstetrical nurses, physicians and midwives attended the workshop.

The ACoRN education program, developed by the ACoRN Neonatal Society, is designed to teach the concepts and basic skills of neonatal stabilization and, where necessary, preparation to transport the baby to a higher-level referral facility. The program was specifically designed to meet the needs of health care providers who may be faced with a baby who is at-risk or ill.

AGH was fortunate to benefit from the expertise of Dr. Pradeep Merchant, a Neonatologist from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and Debbie Aylward, a Perinatal Consultant for the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program, who led the workshop.

Participants were introduced to knowledge and skills sequentially, using lectures and case-based, hands-on workstations. Case-based scenarios included respiratory distress of the newborn at birth, infection, and temperature instability. Throughout the workshop, participants were encouraged to ask questions. The workshop was concluded with a final exam.

The participants’ response to the workshop was overwhelmingly positive. Specifically, nurses reported strengthened knowledge and skills related to the stabilization of a newborn identified as high-risk or ill.

“I feel confident that we are providing the best possible care for our moms and babies, informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and skills,” said one nurse who participated.