What To Expect
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Supporting you and your family when having a baby

Interior Health’s birthing centres and delivery units provide woman and family-centered care. This means that you, your family and the important people in your life are as welcomed and involved in your care as you wish. We work with you as partners. We encourage you to ask questions about your care, the services we offer and to give us feedback about your experience. Our aim is to support you and your family through a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.

Our sites are striving toward baby-friendly hospital status and encourage breastfeeding. We support all families to make informed decisions on infant feeding.

We try to meet you and your family’s religious, cultural and personal wishes. If you have special needs, talk about these with your doctor or midwife well in advance.

After the birth of your baby a public health nurse will contact you to see how you, your family & your baby are doing and offer you a New Baby Package by mail or electronically.

Planning for being in the hospital

We suggest beginning to plan at least four weeks before your due date.

  • Talk to your doctor or midwife about your choices and needs.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to the hospital. Map out a route and know other routes as well. 
  • Pack your suitcase.
  • Arrange for a support person to stay with you throughout your labour and hospital stay if at all possible.
  • Discuss the hospital visiting policy with your family and friends. Remember: you need rest. Anyone who is sick should not come to see you.
  • Have important phone numbers in easy to find places. These include your doctor or your midwife, your support person, your babysitter and the hospital.
  • Take a virtual maternity ward tour
  • Review information about booking a private or semi-private room.

New dads

Being a new dad can be overwhelming, confusing, intimidating, tiring, but also amazing and just really cool. Check out this new dad manual developed by dads for dads. 

Visitors

We ask that all visitors respect the fact that new families need time to recover from birth and time alone to get to know their baby. Partners and brothers and sisters of the new baby may visit any time. Other children should not visit.

It is everyone’s job to wash their hands. Remember to wash your hands and tell your visitors to wash their hands when they come to see you.

Anyone who is suffering from an infectious illness (such as a respiratory infection, tuberculosis, German measles, chicken pox or a skin infection) must not visit you and your newborn.

For more information ask your doctor or midwife.

 

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