Birthing Unit, Obstetrics, NICU and Child & Youth Inpatient Unit
**Please be advised that important renovations are taking place in the department immediately below the Birthing Unit. Patients may hear noise associated with the construction activity for which we apologize for in advance. There will be no impact - other than noise - to the Birthing Unit.
Pregnancy and birth are unique for each woman. The well-being of the mother and infant are dependent upon each other as both adjust to the many physical, psychological and social changes after birth.
Combined care of mother and newborn will help you quickly know your baby and to gain confidence in parenting skills. Sleep/wake patterns are learned and adapted to by parents when the baby is kept at the mother's bedside. Health teaching about baby care is done as the need arises.
Combined Care means one nurse cares for both you and your baby together. Your baby will leave the birthing unit with you and go directly to your room where, together with the help of your nurse and family you care for your baby until discharge home.
If you have a Caesarean Section your baby will go to the recovery area with you. Then you and your baby will be brought to your room where your baby will remain at your bedside until discharge. The nurse will provide assistance in all care needs.
Birthing Unit Tour.pdf
Entrance to Birthing Unit Route Map.pdf
Charmaine Smith, Birthing Unit & Postpartum (Obstetrics)
Shawn Virtue, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Child & Youth Inpatient Unit (Paediatric)
Birthing Unit: 705-728-9090 Ext. 47160
Obstetrics: 705-728-9090 Ext. 47140
NICU: 705-728-9090 Ext. 47130
Child and Youth Inpatient: 705-728-9090 Ext. 47140
From all Level 2 Entrances, continue to the Birthing Unit, Postpartum & NICU by taking the Atrium (Orange) Elevator to Level 4.
Visitation will be based on the condition and wishes of the patient, in collaboration with the care team and family.
Speak to your primary nurse regarding individualized plan when in labour.
For C-sections, only one support person is permitted in the Operating Room.
Obstetrics Unit (Postpartum)
These guidelines apply to ward, semi-private and private rooms:
• Your birth partner may stay with you and the baby 24 hours a day
• Sleeping accommodations are not provided in semi-private or ward accommodations
• Folding gravity chairs are permitted if your birthing partner wishes to spend the night
• The Obstetrics Unit family lounge is available for large groups
• All visitors must wash their hands prior to handling the new baby
• Please ask visitors with colds or who are unwell to refrain from visiting the health centre
• Children who have had recent contact with communicable diseases (i.e. Chickenpox) are not permitted
• If you are sharing a room, please consider your roommate's need for privacy and rest
• Upon entering the unit be sure your phone is on quiet or vibrate
Your health and well-being is important to us. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your stay.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
• Parents, grandparents and siblings may visit the NICU 24/7
• Due to limited space, visitors are restricted to two people per bedside
• Other visitors may access the NICU when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Child & Youth Inpatient (Paediatric)
• Only 2 visitors at a time
• Parents/guardians are allowed to stay overnight
• Roll-away cots are available on a first come, first served basis
• Bring your own blankets and pillows
• Only parents/guardians are permitted to visit if the patient is isolated for infection control purposes
• People with a cold, flu or other infectious conditions are not permitted to visit