Having a baby?
What should I bring to the hospital?
Expectant Moms Should Bring:
- Items required in your birth plan
- House coat and slippers
- 2-3 night gowns or comfortable lounging wear (remember to bring things that you have worn through your pregnancy since your regular clothing may not fit as of yet)
- 1-2 bras: (nursing bras if nursing) and nursing pads
- Maternity underwear (the hospital will supply mesh disposable underwear)
- Set of clothes to go home in
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner, barrettes or elastics
- Make up
- Brush comb; hair dryer, etc.
- Lip balm for your lips
- Camera and film
- Books and Magazines
- Writing paper and pens
- List of people to contact after delivery
Things to Bring for Baby
- Car seat
- Clothing to go home in – undershirt, diapers, sleeper or suitable ‘outfit’, hat, sweater, receiving blanket socks, booties
During the delivery
- The father/significant other and/or one additional designated individual may attend the mother for labour and delivery.
- If unforeseen circumstances occur, the above noted individuals may be asked to leave.
Cesarian Section: what can I expect?
Risk and Complications for Mother:
- Take into account that most of the following risks are associated with any type of abdominal surgery.
- Infection: Infection can occur at the incision site, in the uterus and in other pelvic organs such as the bladder.
- Hemorrhage or increased blood loss: There is more blood loss in a cesarean delivery than with a vaginal delivery. This can lead to anemia or a blood transfusion (1 to 6 women per 100 require a blood transfusion).
- Injury to organs: Possible injury to organs such as the bowel or bladder (2 per 100)
- Adhesions: Scar tissue may form inside the pelvic region causing blockage and pain. This can also lead to future pregnancy complications such a placenta previa or placental abruption.
- Extended hospital stay: After a cesarean, the normal time in the hospital is 3-5 days after giving birth if there are no complications.
- Extended recovery time: The amount of time needed for recovery after a cesarean can extend from weeks to months, having an impact on bonding time with your baby (1 in 14 report incisional pain six months or more after surgery)
- Reactions to medications: There can be a negative reaction to the anesthesia given during a cesarean or reaction to pain medication given after the procedure
- Risk of additional surgeries: Such as hysterectomy, bladder repair or another cesarean.
- Maternity mortality: The maternal mortality rate for a cesarean is greater than with a vaginal birth
- Emotional reactions: Women who have a cesarean report feeling negatively about their birth experience an may have trouble with initial bonding with their baby
Risk and Complications for the Baby:
- Premature birth: If gestational age was not calculated correctly, a baby delivered by cesarean could be delivered too early and be low birth weight.
- Breathing problems: When delivered by cesarean, a baby is more likely to have breathing and immediate care after a cesarean than with a vaginal delivery.
- Low APGAR scores: Low APGAR scores can be the result of anesthesia, fetal distress before the delivery of lack of stimulation during delivery (vaginal birth provides natural stimulation to the baby while in the birth canal). Babies born by cesarean are 50% more likely to have lower APGAR scores than those born vaginally.
- Fetal injury: Very rarely, the baby may be nicked or cut during the incision (1 to 2 babies per 100 will be cut during the surgery)
- If your health care provider has suggested a cesarean and you are in a non-emergency situation, take the time to really discuss your options regarding the procedure.
- The father/significant other or designated individual may visit at any time to enable participation in newborn teaching and care. This individual is not classified as a ‘visitor’.
- The hospital does not provide overnight accommodation for the father or designate.
- Grandparents may visit from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
- All others may visit from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
- Siblings of the newborn: other children in the family may visit with the father/significant other at any time during the parental visit. The children may also be brought by a visitor from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 8 pm. The individual bringing children to visit is responsible for their supervision and care.
- All children visiting must be free of childhood disease.
- Visitors must identify themselves at the Nurses’ station, stating whom they wish to visit.
Will my baby stay in the room with me?
- We encourage care of your baby in your room for the entire post-partum period. Babies are never to be left unattended in your room. If you must be away from your baby for any reason (ie. Shower) ask your nurse
Will someone teach me about breastfeeding?
- DRHC is a breast-feeding friendly hospital. In the interest of giving infants the best possible start in life, nursing staff will encourage and help new mothers to successfully initiate and continue to breastfeed their babies. Artificial nipples and soothers are avoided.
Security for my baby:
- ID Bracelets: Your baby, you and your spouse/partner will wear identically numbered ID bracelets. These will be applied soon after the birth of your baby. If you do not have a spouse/partner, you may designate one individual as your support person at time of admission. If your baby has been away from you, for any reason (ie receiving care in the Nursery), he/she will only be given to you, or the individual wearing the identical ID bracelet. The caregiver is to compare information on your baby’s band to yours, or your partner’s, before giving the baby over to you.
- All hospital personnel are required to wear standard photo identification. The hospital log, the employee’s name and department/title are clearly stated on the card. The card it to be fully visible at all times. Question anyone who enters your room without hospital ID. Ask why they are there and report their presence immediately to your nurse and another unit staff member.
- If your baby requires tests or procedures that will take place out of your room, your doctor or nurse will explain the test/procedure to you, where it will take place, and how long it will take. You or your nurse must accompany your baby to other departments in the hospital.
- Please do not walk around the patient unit carrying your baby, or allow your visitors to do so.
- Your caregivers are required to introduce themselves to you. If they do not, please ask them who they are, and what their purpose is in your room.
- Please rely upon your primary nurse for information and advice. If in doubt, ask questions!
Do I need an infant car seat to bring my baby home from the hospital?
- Yes! You must bring the car seat to the hospital when it is time to take your baby home. It is the law that all babies are transported in a CSA approved infant car seat. There is help available to answer your questions about installation of the car seat.
Where can I go for answers to my questions when I leave the hospital?
- Everyone signs a form for Healthy Babies, Health Children. Unless you have indicated otherwise, a nurse from the Northwestern Health Unit will be contacting you within 24 – 48 hours of discharge. All families are offered a follow-up home visit by a Public Health Nurse.
- Moms can also contact the DRHC nursing station at 223-8258 with questions or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866 797-0000.
- The Dryden Children’s Resource Centre offers ongoing support to parents of young children.
Call us at 223-8243, if you have question prior to your admission. Your comments and/or suggestions are always welcome.