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 After Baby is Born

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 do I need to do to prepare for going home?

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.

The post birth period is a time of change and learning. To assist you and your family with the transition to parenthood, our nursing staff provides one-to-one teaching. Please take time to visit our webpage for valuable tips for caring for your baby »

Breastfeeding Support

We support the World Health Organization "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 are able to provide our breastfeeding moms with appointments to support their wish to exclusively breastfeed. Experience shows us that this support promotes continued breastfeeding as well as access to all community supports as your infant grows. Please review the following resource that has been created by Peel Public health to support your breastfeeding experience.

The post birth period is a time of change and learning. To assist you and your family with the transition to parenthood, our nursing staff provides one-to-one teaching. Please take time to visit our webpage for valuable tips for caring for your baby »

Your partner and/or support person may spend the night with you in a private room. If the room is semi-private or shared with several others (a ward room), all patients must agree to this arrangement. Your children are welcome to visit but we recommend that you organize care for them at home overnight so that you and your new baby can have the rest and time together that you need.

The average length of stay if you have a vaginal birth is 24 hours and 48 hours for Cesarean birth. All babies will have a simple hearing screening test done prior to going home. Close to discharge your baby will have a sample of blood taken. This blood sample is used to test for jaundice and other serious, but rare, conditions (i.e. cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases).

Car Seat Safety

Please bring a CMVSS approved infant car seat to the hospital to take your new baby home on the day of discharge. Your discharging nurse will review proper placement of your new baby in the infant car seat. Please ensure that before you are discharged from hospital, you have properly secured the base in the rear facing position, in the vehicle that will transport your baby home.

Caring for Your Baby when you are Home

Your baby will need to be seen by their doctor or midwife within 1-2 days after they go home. Please visit our website for valuable tips for caring for your baby for helpful information on how to care for your baby at home as well as www.parentinginpeel.ca

Circumcision

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).