Maternal & Child
At Joseph Brant Hospital we believe in Family-centered Care, which means that our patients and their families are an important part of our health care team. We will work with you to provide the birthing experience that you choose.
Infant Security is a top priority at Joseph Brant. We work in partnership with you to keep your baby safe. On admission to the Birthing Unit, your nurse will let you know how you can identify the team members who work in the Maternal & Child Units.
Length of stay following your delivery is individualized. Once again, we work with you in partnership to meet your needs. The average length of stay for a vaginal birth is 24 hours, and 48-72 hours for a Caesarean section birth.
About Maternal Child at JBH:
Joseph Brant Hospital records more than 1,450 births each year. Maternal & Child services are provided from prenatal to postpartum stages to paediatric patients (up to their 16th birthday) and their families.
Inpatient services include:
- Birthing Unit/Postpartum Unit
- Level 2b Nursery
Outpatient services include:
- Breastfeeding Clinic
- RH Negative Clinic
- Gestational and Paediatric Diabetes Clinics
Having Your Baby at Joseph Brant Hospital
Frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Q. Which entrance should I use when I am coming into the hospital in labour?
A. The front lobby entrance is open between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. After 9 p.m. please enter through the Emergency Department entrance.
Q. Where do I go once I am in the hospital?
A. Please register at Admitting on the first floor where you can fill in the necessary paperwork. Then proceed to the Birthing Unit on the second floor.
*Please note: If you are in active labour, take the elevator to the second floor and go directly to the Birthing Unit. If you are coming off the back elevators, make a left turn and you will see the door to the Birthing Unit. If you are coming off the front elevators make a right turn. Ring the doorbell and then enter the unit and go down the hallway to the nursing station on your left.
Forms, Information and Resources
You can read them here or print and fill them out at home before you come to the hospital.
Today, most mothers are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Breastfeeding supports the health of both the mother and her baby. Also, more and more families are supporting mothers to breastfeed longer, up to 2 years and beyond. Here are some resources on breastfeeding.
Go to our Breastfeeding page for more information.
Visiting Hours: The Birthing Unit - partner and one additional visitor may visit
Maternal Child Unit - partner, grandparents, brothers and sisters of the baby may visit anytime during the day or evening. Children visiting need to have up-to-date immunizations.
The Maternal and Child Unit general visiting hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
We are a PEANUT FREE zone. Because we also have paediatric patients on the unit, please do not bring any peanut products on the unit. We appreciate your cooperation in providing a safe environment for all of our patients.