Levels of Maternal-Newborn Care

Last updated on July 15, 2022

Currently, Ontario has 96 hospitals that provide maternal and newborn care and services. Of these,  49 hospitals have Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) or Special Care Nurseries (SCNS). Working in partnership with the regional and local health organizations, each hospitals works to deliver services within a standardized levels of care definitions.

Read the Standardized Maternal and Newborn Levels of Care Definitions (2013 Update)

Please note:

  • Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) has recently revised definitions and criteria related to NICU Levels 2 & 3. Please visit CCSO’s website to download the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Levels of Care Guidance Document. In this case, please note that the definitions and criteria related to Newborn Levels of Care for Levels 2 & 3 within PCMCH’s Standardized Maternal and Newborn Levels of Care Definitions are no longer applicable.
  • The definitions and criteria related to Maternal Levels of Care are currently being revised by PCMCH. Hospitals should continue to follow the Standardized Maternal and Newborn Levels of Care Definitions (2013) for maternal care until further notice.

Read the Ontario Levels of Maternal and Newborn Care by Hospital (updated February 2022)