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 After Baby is Born

Baby-Friendly Initiative

Trillium Health Partners cares for you and your baby before, during and after your baby is born. We provide Postnatal Services including jaundice screening for baby, staple removal after Caesarean birth and assistance with breastfeeding and follow up infant and mother care in partnership with Peel Public Health.

We’ve included answers to some of our most frequently asked question below, and have prepared fact sheets on topics related to caring for yourself and for your baby.

You can find answers to other questions about your pregnancy and having your baby in our Before Baby Is Born, Coming to the Hospital and Having Your Baby pages.

Contact Information

To book an appointment please call 905 848 7653 (1).

Resources for Patients & Families

Fact Sheets:
We offer a series of fact sheets to help you care for yourself and your baby after you leave Trillium Health Partners. They are available in more than a dozen languages and you can read them here.

FAQs:
Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions

What will happen after my baby is born?
What happens if I am having trouble breastfeeding?
What if I want my son to be circumcised?

What will happen after my baby is born?

After you have held your baby skin to skin the baby will be weighed, and identification bands will be attached. An antibiotic ointment is normally placed on your baby's eyes within the first hour of life, and an injection of vitamin K will be given in the baby's leg. You will remain in the Birthing Suites for 1-2 hours after your baby is born and then moved to the post delivery unit. If you have a midwife, and had a vaginal birth, you may be discharged home after 4 hours as long as there are no health concerns.

Sometimes, your baby may require additional observation and care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for various reasons such as prematurity, breathing, circulation. We will monitor your baby closely to meet his or her needs and will partner with you to provide care and support your understanding of these needs. Our health care team includes pediatricians, nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, clinical dietitians, lactation consultants and pharmacy care providers. The NICU also has a Care-by-Parent Room to facilitate bonding between the pre-term infant and mother prior to discharge.

What happens if I am having trouble breastfeeding?

We support the World Health Organization’s "Baby Friendly Initiative" which recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and up to 2 years or longer with the addition of appropriate foods, and will provide you with information to promote and protect breastfeeding while supporting your individual feeding choice.

Breastfeeding your baby will take some time and patience, as you and your baby learn your new roles. Our nursing staff is skilled in providing support for you to breastfeed while you are in hospital. There is also a daily breastfeeding classes taught by the lactation consultants that you should attend prior to discharge. A lactation consultant is available to assist you and your baby if you need more support with breastfeeding.

If you have made an informed choice to give your baby formula we will provide you with the appropriate care and resources for this feeding choice.
Skin-to-skin care, first at the hospital and then at home, helps your baby adjust to his or her new world and to feel safe and comforted. This practice also supports ongoing breastfeeding.

We work closely with Peel Public Health and can provide our breastfeeding moms with appointments to support their wish to exclusively breastfeed. Peel Public health has created a helpful resource to support your breastfeeding experience. You can read it here.

What if I want my son to be circumcised?

Although circumcision is no longer viewed as medically necessary, many families choose to have their newborn male circumcised for religious or personal reasons. If you are interested in arranging for a circumcision, ask your family physician or nurse in hospital to help you arrange this procedure. Circumcisions are booked as an outpatient procedure generally before one month of age. This procedure is no longer covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).