After giving birth
After giving birth
Your postpartum experience
A few hours after you have delivered your baby at Markham Stouffville Hospital, you may both move over to the Postpartum Unit. Your assigned room (private, semi-private or standard room) will align with your preferred accommodation request, based on availability. Should you remain in your birthing room it will be considered a billable private room.
You and your family will lead in the care of your baby, with your nurse to educate and assist you as necessary. As long as your baby is stable, he/she will remain with you. If your baby needs to go for tests, you or your partner are encouraged to go also. Your nurse will work with you on your discharge plan to help you return home with your new baby as soon as possible.
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Going home after giving birth
In general, most women and their newborns go home within about 24 hours after birth. Your baby will be examined by a physician within the first day of life and most definitely before leaving the hospital. Before discharge your nurse will be available to help meet your emotional and physical needs and to help prepare you for your first few weeks at home after birth.
All newborns should be seeing care provider with 2-3 days of discharge from the hospital. If you do not have a family doctor or paediatrician please let your nurse know and we can refer you to the Mom and Baby Clinic where you will be seen by a Registered Midwife who will assess you and your baby, help with feeding issues and support your emotional well-being.
When you click on follow-up care after childbirth it will take you to the next section.
Early Discharge Program
A collaboration between the midwives in the hospital’s Alongside Midwifery Unit and staff and physicians in the Childbirth and Children’s Services program, the early discharge program allows healthy moms and babies to be discharged within eight hours and receive follow-up care within 24 hours from a Registered Midwife. See our classes for more information.