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Referring Physicians

Referring physicians can refer to any generalists for low risk pregnancies. For high risk pregnancies, a referral form is required

Please note that the following areas do not require a referral:

  • Birthing unit (ambulatory care)
  • High-risk obstetrical unit (ambulatory care)
  • Maternal and newborn unit (ambulatory care)
  • Obstetrical triage (ambulatory care)
  • Prenatal classes
  • Breastfeeding clinic
  • Fetal assessment / ultrasound (by internal referral)

Why refer to Sunnybrook?

Sunnybrook's Women & Babies program offers expert, personalized care for women and their families before, during and after pregnancy. Each year we deliver approximately 4,000 babies, one quarter of which are high-risk deliveries and require specialized care for mother and baby.

Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) cares for 20 percent of all infants in the province weighing less than three pounds.

The gynaecology services at Sunnybrook are designed to meet the needs of women throughout the stages of life, including pregnancy, menopause and beyond. Our gynaecologists specialize in compassionate care for a range of reproductive health and pelvic problems.

Pre-pregnancy assessment

Our preconception counseling and prenatal diagnosis clinic assesses the risk and outcomes of future pregnancies for your patients who have had previous complications in pregnancy or who have complicated medical conditions.
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Examples include severe toxemia, Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), preterm labour, placental abruption or pre-existing medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, cardiac disease, insulin-dependent diabetes and advanced maternal age.

The clinic offers patients counseling about choices for prenatal diagnosis of multiple chromosomal and genetic disorders; and also assesses future or current pregnancy complications in patients with a history of genetic disorders.

To refer:
Please call 416.480.5367

Obstetrical care

Our obstetricians, family doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners and nurses provide the very best in obstetrical care to women.
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At Sunnybrook, we believe that:

  • Each childbearing family is unique
  • Childbearing families should be cared for together
  • Women and their families are partners in their care

Sunnybrook’s obstetricians use a model of 24-hour coverage so there is always a dedicated obstetrician covering the birthing unit. Patients will have their own physician for scheduled Caesarean sections during the day.

Our patients have access to exceptional services including:

  • Prenatal education: The department of childbirth and family life preparation at Sunnybrook offers a variety of classes for parents-to-be. Classes prepare patients for pregnancy, birth and the newborn period.
  • Breastfeeding clinic: Providing breastfeeding counseling, education and care plans for women who deliver at Sunnybrook. Support includes daily breastfeeding classes taught by lactation consultants, a 24-hour telephone helpline and a 7-day-a-week appointment schedule.
  • Postpartum / depression support: We provide assessment and short-term treatment for women experiencing anxiety and mood-related difficulties during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

To refer:
Please call 416.480.6100

High-risk obstetrical care

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists and staff carefully monitor and care for women who may be at higher risk during their pregnancy.
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This can be a stressful time for women. Our specialized team has expertise in caring for women who may have a complex pregnancy. This may include those pregnant with multiples or who may have several other conditions such as diabetes, placenta previa and preterm rupture of membranes.

Sunnybrook's high-risk antenatal unit is an inpatient unit caring for women who require close monitoring around the clock.

We're also home to the Toronto Centre for Early Fetal Ultrasound, leading in detailed ultrasound imaging of pregnancies as early as 12 to 15 weeks to detect potential fetal conditions such as structural anomalies and to also detect chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome. We offer amniocentesis, CVS, and other procedures as well as fetal echocardiography services.

For patients expecting more than one baby, Sunnybrook is home to Canada's first specialized clinic for multiple births. The Centre for Multiple Pregnancy Care has a highly trained team of internationally renowned experts who care for twice as many twins as any other hospital in Ontario.

High-risk pregnancies present a significant potential for the delivery of infants requiring neonatal intensive care. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Sunnybrook is one of three high-risk, regional neonatal nurseries serving the Central East Region of Ontario. Our neonatal health-care team provides highly specialized and integrated family-centered care to infants who are ill or premature and require intensive and advanced neonatal care. Our NICU is well known for its exceptional care of tiny infants, caring for babies born as early as 24 or 25 weeks gestation.

To refer:
Please call 416.480.5367

 Or download the referral form (PDF) and fax to 416.480.5616 

Gynaecology care

Sunnybrook's gynaecologists specialize in minimally invasive surgery, urogynaecology, endoscopic surgery, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, mature women's health, infertility services and gynaecological cancers.
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We offer the following clinics:

  • Colposcopy clinic performs leading-edge research and education in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cervical cancer
  • Pessary clinic: Education for women about incontinence, prolapse, pessary fitting (a device to help support a prolapse), counseling and conservative management of urinary incontinence

To refer:
Please call 416.480.5367