The PCMCH convened an Access Work Group to develop recommended strategies to achieve a coordinated system of maternal and newborn services that will provide equitable access to timely, high quality, evidence-based, family-centred care for all pregnant women and newborns in Ontario. One of the Access Work Group’s first orders of business was to develop standardized levels of care definitions for maternal and neonatal units. Currently, Ontario has 96 hospitals that provide maternal and newborn care and services with 49 being NICUs or Special Care Nurseries. Working in partnership with the LHINs, PCMCH rolled-out standardized levels of care definitions and their implementation represents a significant accomplishment and ground-breaking innovation in improving the system of maternal-newborn care in the province.
The Ontario Levels of Maternal and Newborn Care by Hospital
The Ontario Levels of Maternal and Newborn Care by Hospital are now available by clicking on the link below (updated October, 2019).Download PDF
Levels of Care Webinar (Q&A)
Click on the link to download the Q&A document developed based on your questions at the session.
Levels of Care Webinar (Slides)
Click on the link to download the presentation slides from the Levels of Care for Maternal and Newborn Services in Ontario Webinar presentation.
Levels of Care Clinical Guidelines
Levels of Care Guidelines (2013 update).
Implementation of Standardized Levels of Maternal-Newborn Care Across Ontario
Implementation of Standardized Levels of Maternal-Newborn Care Across Ontario.
Special Care Nursery Admission Criteria
This admission criteria document is developed to guide newborn admissions the Special Care Nurseries or NICUs.