Maternal Child Services
Introduction:The Maternal Child Unit welcomes close to 900 new babies into the world each year. We provide individualized antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care within a family-centred framework. Holistic care provided within a multi-disciplinary team composed of obstetricians, midwives, family physicians, surgeons and highly skilled nursing staff, including lactation consultants. In our goal to achieve Baby Friendly status, as recognized by the WHO, we collaborate with Public Health to ensure a seamless transition to home.
We encourage you to attend our Pre-registration Clinic offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 7:00pm. A nurse will assist you to complete forms and review your birth plan. To ensure your place in the clinic, please call after your 30th week of pregnancy and make an appointment with Patient Bookings at 35 - 36 weeks into your gestation. Patient Bookings is open Monday to Friday between 8:00am to 5:30pm and can be reached at . The Obstetrical Pre-registration Clinic is a 45 minute session with an Obstetrical Nurse. Our goal is to get to know you and your family's needs in a relaxed setting and provide you with a tour of the unit.
Visiting Hours while in Labour:
- Limit of 2 support people in labour. Discuss with the nurse any unique circumstances
- The 2 support people must remain the same and they cannot exchange places with others for periods of time
- Family and friends may not wait in the waiting room outside of visiting hours for the baby's birth
- Consideration should be given to inpatient's use of the lounge area
Visiting Hours Post Partum:
- Daily 10:00am to 8:00pm
- One support person may be present at any time to be an active participant
- Siblings may accompany the significant other and may visit during the day and evening hours with supervision
- We encourage our patients not to exceed 2 visitors per patient at a time. Exceptions can be made for unique circumstances. Please discuss with your nurse
Keeping your Newborn Safe:At Whitfield General Care Hospital we have an infant security system which provides computerized tracking of all newborns admitted to the unit. An infant security band will be applied to the baby's ankle shortly after delivery.
Visitors to the unit are limited with a locked door entrance to the 2800 unit. All parents and visitors must be buzzed in by an authorized staff member.
Tips for Parents:
We offer 24 hour rooming in with your baby and we would like to give you a few important tips to help keep your baby safe.
- Make sure your nurse wears a pink Whitfield General Care Hospital ID badge
- Know who your nurse is each shift. Do not give your baby to anyone other than your nurse. If someone comes into your room and states they need to take your baby for any tests or to weigh your baby etc, pull your call bell immediately to call for your nurse, to make sure this is appropriate
- Never leave your baby alone in the room
- Know where your baby is at all times
- Never take your baby out into the hallway in your arms. When you take your baby out of the room, please keep your baby in their bassinette
- Please leave the security band and ID bracelets on the baby until you are discharged home. If the baby's ID bands or security band comes off or loosens, notify your nurse to reapply or tighten them as needed
- Ensure that family members and friends wash their hands properly either with the hand sanitizers supplied or at the sink before holding the baby. This is the best way to protect your baby from any unwanted germs