Mother and Child Unit (Maternity)

A few hours after you have delivered your baby, you and your newborn will move to the Maternal Child Unit. You will remain here until you are discharged home. 

Location

The Maternal Child Unit is located on Level 2 of the North tower.

Accommodations

The Maternal Child Unit has private, semi-private and standard rooms. When possible, your room will align with your preferred accommodation request. 

What to expect

Your health care team

While on the Maternal Child Unit, your health care team will consist of a physician or midwife and nurse.

Your baby will be examined by a physician or midwife within 24 hours of birth. You and your baby will be cared for by nurses.

As long as your baby is stable, they will remain in the room with you.

Supportive care

During your stay, we will help you to care for yourself and your baby. This includes:

  • feeding your baby
  • addressing your physical and emotional needs
  • ensuring you are ready for the changes you may experience in the first few weeks after the birth of your child.

Average stay 

During your stay, we will work with you to develop a discharge plan. The goal of the plan, is to get you and your baby home as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Average stay in hospital

  • Vaginal birth: 24 hours
  • Caesarean: 48 hours

Going home with baby

Before going home your nurse will ensure that:

  • your baby has been examined by a physician or midwife. 
  • your physical and emotional needs have been met.
  • you are ready for the changes you may experience in the first few weeks after the birth of your child.

Helping you home

When it is time for you to go home, we will give you after care instructions, tell you what to watch out for, and discuss any appointments you need for follow up. 

Following up with your doctor

It is very important to make an appointment with your baby’s care provider within the first 24-48 hours of going home.

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