Women and Children’s Program
The Women and Children’s Program is committed to providing safe, quality, Patient and Family Centred Care to families and their children. The interdisciplinary team encourages you to play an active role in your birth experience. We are affiliated with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as St. Clair College, and provide a unique learning environment for healthcare professionals.
Our healthcare team is made up of Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Family Physicians, Nurses, Anesthesiologists, Midwives, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Ward Clerks and Unit Aides. We all work together to coordinate your care with safety as our greatest priority.
We provide a comprehensive program for women and children that includes: Obstetrical triage-intake and registration, labour and delivery, nursery and pediatric services, including surgical day care.
- Pre-Admission Questionnaire
- Family Presence Visiting Guide
- Postpartum Pamphlet
- Paediatric Pamphlet
- What Do I Bring?
How long will I need to stay in hospital after giving birth?
The length of your stay depends on how you and your baby are feeling. Mothers giving birth vaginally usually stay in hospital 24 hours after the baby is born. Mothers giving birth by Caesarean are generally in hospital 48-72 hours after the baby is born. Early discharge may be discussed with your doctor or midwife.
What do I bring to the hospital?
To ensure a comfortable stay, you will need to pack for your new baby, your support person and yourself. For a checklist of recommended items to pack, click here.
Please leave valuables at home. We cannot be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
Please note that CKHA does not supply the following items: diapers, pads and undergarments.
Infant security tags, baby blankets, hospital scrubs or “greens”, gowns and other linen are hospital property and should not be taken home.
Who can stay with me during my labour and delivery?
For the safety of you and your baby, two support persons are welcomed during your labour. If a C-section is needed, only one support person may accompany you into the C-section room and the recovery room. Close family members may wait in the family waiting room.
We encourage a balance of rest and visitation after your baby is born. Your primary support person is welcome anytime. Your children are welcome to visit their new baby sibling as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
What are the visiting hours?
General visiting hours are everyday, 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. For your comfort, and the comfort of other families, we ask that no more than two visitors be at the bedside.
What type of accommodation will I have once I get to hospital?
During your active labour/induction, you will be admitted to a private room where you will stay during your labour, the delivery of your baby and your immediate recovery. You will be moved to either a private, semi-private or ward room (dependent on your coverage and/or bed availability) after your recovery.
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