Birthing Unit, Obstetrics & NICU
RVH promotes breastfeeding as the best food source for newborns. The Canadian Paediatric Society, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the World Health Organization support this view. Research has identified clear benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby.
How you feed your baby is your choice and that choice will be supported by the nurses on the obstetrical unit. If you choose to breastfeed, your nurse will assist you with an emphasis on proper latch, position and health teaching.
Due to Health Canada regulations, breast pump kits will no longer be supplied. Pump kits can be purchased in hospital, please ask your nurse for details.
There are a number of breastfeeding supports located in the community and throughout Simcoe County. Please click on the links below for more information.
The Breastfeeding Place
The Family Health Breastfeeding Clinic - 5 Quarry Ridge Road, Suite 304
This service is open to all breastfeeding women and their newborns. Women may book an appointment by calling 705-721-0370 ext. 4.
Maternal Newborn Clinic
For information regarding this clinic please call 705-797-2395
Hours of operation: 7 days per week from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For newborn babies that are at risk for jaundice. Take the Atrium Elevators to the 4th floor return right to Inpatient Paediatrics Unit (4SA). This is a locked unit therefore you will have to buzz in. The Maternal Newborn Clinic is located through those locked doors, first door on your right hand side. In here you will register with the Patient Service Clerk for this appointment. At 10:30 a.m. a Phlebotomist from the Laboratory will come up to draw the Bilirubin Blood Test. Laboratory tests take about one hour until we have the results. Once the results are in from the Laboratory the Paediatrican and/or Registered Nurse will see you and your baby.