Patient Care - Maternity
The safety of infant and mother is the primary concern, together with the desire to make the birthing process as pleasant and family-centered as possible. The staff respects the birthing plans of parents which have been discussed beforehand with the attending physician/midwife and nursing staff.
There are three tastefully decorated and fully equipped labor and delivery rooms. If a Cesarean birth is necessary, it is done in one of the hospital's main operating rooms.
Up to two support people are permitted in the labor/delivery room at any one time.
Once delivery is complete, staff will provide as much time as possible for the new family member to bond with parents. Then the new mother and baby will be transferred to the Post Partum Unit.
The average length of stay for maternity patients is 2-3 days following a normal delivery; 4-5 days following a Cesarean Section.
New mothers should plan ahead for their arrival at home by having baby supplies and food for family stocked and ready for the next one to two weeks. Discharge time is 11:00 a.m., and timely transportation should be available.
St. Joseph's recommends that expectant parents complete a course of pre-natal classes, offered through Public Health, 338-1711. Pre-natal tours are offered on Fridays at 12:00 noon, dependent on workload in Labour and Delivery - please confirm 10:30 am by calling the hospital's main desk at (250) 339-2242.
Pre-admission forms, available from the Patient Registration desk in the main lobby of the Hospital, should be completed ahead of time to avoid admission delays when it is time to come to hospital.
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