After you have given birth you remain on the Maternal/Newborn unit where your Combined Care is provided. Our team of specialized Nurses care for both mother and baby at the mother’s bedside. Being together allows the parents to learn/recognize when baby is hungry and learn their care requirements and promotes bonding between newborn and parent.
Health Canada and the World Health Organization have shown that healthy mothers and healthy babies should not be separated unless necessary. Being together increases your comfort level and competence in caring for your baby. This strategy is used around the world to develop beginning parenting skills and mother-child bonding.
After a vaginal birth, mothers can expect to stay one to two days after delivery to rest, bond with baby, and to ensure both mother and child are healthy. After a C-section, mothers may stay three to four days.
While in the Maternal/Newborn Unit, a specialized Nurse assigned to care for you and your baby will be available to help you. The Nurse will teach you how to care for yourself and your baby. The Nurse will also care for you and your baby to ensure your good health. This time is also a good chance to learn more about caring for your infant during the first days and weeks.
During your stay you will learn:
- Caring for your baby – diapering, bathing, and cord care.
- Feeding your baby – infant hunger cues, positioning, how to feed your infant, and how to tell if baby is getting enough food/is full or content.
- Keeping your baby safe – recommended sleeping position, when to seek medical attention, car seat safety, and where to get help following discharge.
- Skin-to-skin contact – why it is so important for mother-child bonding, especially in the first few days after birth.
With your consent, your Nurse will connect you with Algoma Public Health when you go home.
You are encouraged to rest while your baby is sleeping, day or night. Your Support Person is not considered a visitor and is encouraged to participate in baby care/learning. In some cases, your Support Person may be able to stay overnight with you and your baby. If the Support Person stays overnight, he or she is expected to support the new mother by helping with baby care and providing emotional support. Pyjamas or athletic pants and indoor footwear (like slippers) must be worn by the Support Person when staying overnight.
Resources and Documents
- Mother and Infant Care Manual
- Maternal DVT Patient Information
- After a Circumcision
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – A Guide for Mothers and Caregivers
- Stopping Your Breastmilk After Infant Loss
- ORBCoN - Rhogam - Answers About RhImmune Globulin
- Algoma Public Health – Pregnancy
- Algoma Public Health – Prenatal Education
- Algoma Public Health – Parent & Child
- Biliary Atresia - Newborn Screening Ontario
- Biliary Atresia - How to Screen Your Infant - Newborn Screening Ontario
- Biliary Atresia - Infant Stool Colour Card - Newborn Screening Ontario
- Biliary Atresia - FAQ - Newborn Screening Ontario
- Child Car Seat Safety
- Having a Baby During COVID-19 – Planning for Birth – Best Start by Health Nexus
- Immunization Through the Lifespan – Ontario.ca
- Infant Hearing Program - Ontario.ca
- National Centre on Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Newborn Screening and Your Baby: A healthy start leads to a healthier life – Newborn Screening Ontario
- Provincial Council for Maternal Health and Child Health
- Service Ontario – Register a Birth
- Tips for New Parents – Making the most out of the early years – Ontario Health
- Vaginal Birth After Caesarean - Patient Reference Guide - Health Quality Ontario
- Algoma Public Health – Emotional Health for Parents
- Life with a new baby is not always what you expect – Postpartum Mood Disorders – Best Start by Health Nexus
- Life with a new baby is not always what you expect – Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Best Start by Health Nexus
- Pacific Post Partum Support Society
- Post Partum Support International
- Algoma Public Health – Feeding My Baby
- Breastfeeding Matters
- Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation – Best Start by Health Nexus
- Canada’s Food Guide
- Having a Baby During COVID-19 – Infant Feeding – Best Start by Health Nexus
- Infant Formula: What You Need to Know – Best Start by Health Nexus