You will likely be in a private room and your partner or one support person can stay overnight. Staying overnight is a good opportunity for your partner or support person to help you get to know your baby.
Identifying your Baby
the baby’s gender and hospital identification number
the mother’s name and hospital identification number
date and time of birth
Medications your Baby Needs for Good Health
Caring for your Baby's Umbilical Cord
Your baby’s umbilical cord should fall off by two weeks of age. Keep your baby’s cord clean and dry. You do not need to put alcohol or other creams or lotions on your baby’s cord. Research has shown that a baby’s cord will fall off quicker just by keeping it clean and dry.
Testing your Baby's Hearing
Babies are able to hear at birth. Good hearing is needed for babies to learn how to talk and understand language.
Feeding your Baby
As recommended by the World Health Organization, breastmilk is the best food for your baby and is the only food they need for the first 6 months. Breastmilk helps your baby grow in the best possible way. Babies do not need a lot of milk at once – they need a little milk often, at least 8 -12 feeds per 24 hours in the early months.
On occasion babies may require a supplement – your health care team will work with you to develop a plan on what is best for your baby. We will support you and your baby in feeding your baby whether it is breast milk or formula fed. *Please refer to our resources for more information about prenatal colostrum collection prior to delivery for supplementation.
Babies stomachs stretch gradually over the first week or two. Skin to skin contact is important as it helps stabilize your baby’s temperature, heart rate and breathing. It also reduces your baby’s stress hormones.
How to tell when your Baby is ready to Feed
In the first 24 hours after birth, you may find your baby is sleepy and that you need to wake him or her to feed every 1.5 to 3 hours. In the next 24 hours your baby will be more awake and want to be fed more often. Spend as much time as you can with your baby to get to know him or her. You will learn to recognize the signs that your baby is hungry and ready to feed. Here are some signs that your baby is hungry and ready to feed:
• Your baby’s eyes move rapidly behind closed eyelids
• Your baby may try to lick or suck at whatever is close to his or her face
• Your baby may turn his or her head from side to side
• Your baby may bring his or her arms closer to his or her face
• Your baby’s hands may rub or even scratch his or her face
*TEMPORARILY AFFECTED BY COVID-19*
Obstetrical patients being admitted for labour and delivery are allowed a maximum of TWO partners in care. We ask that you avoid coming "in and out" during your visit. The hospital provides meals to patients and during the pandemic we are also offering a meal to support persons accompanying obstetric patients. Plan to pack snacks and drinks as the cafeteria hours are limited.