Congratulations! We are thrilled that you are considering the new Erin Mills Women’s and Children’s Health Centre at the Credit Valley Hospital as you look ahead to the birth of your baby.
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Your first steps
1. Who will deliver your baby?
Visit your family physician to confirm your pregnancy, and ask for a referral to a delivering physician or midwife at Credit Valley Hospital. Your family physician will provide your early pregnancy care in consultation with your delivering care provider.
Credit Valley Hospital is funded for a regulated number of deliveries per month to provide safe care for you and your family. Below is a list of delivering care providers at our hospital.
- Obstetrical Practice at 2000 Credit Valley Rd
contact number: 905-820-8748
- Family Medicine Teaching Unit at 2300 Eglinton Ave
contact number: 905-813-3850
- Family Doctors who deliver at CVH:
Dr Linda Deppisch: 905-826-1164
Dr Jane Park: 905-826-1164
Dr Kim Leveille: 905-615-0990
Dr Wendy Griffin: 905-820-8144
Dr John Charal: 905-828-2837
Dr Erez Tamari: 905-820-2646
Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills: 905-890-4914 (will join our hospital in 2012)
2. Your first appointment
What you need to know:
- The appointment will be about 30 to 60 minutes long
- Bring your Ontario Health Card and any other Health Insurance information
- You will fill out a Registration Form at this appointment
- You will receive a Maternal Newborn Information Booklet, plus information on breastfeeding, prenatal classes and Women’s Reproductive Mental Health.
3. Additional Support
At any time during your pregnancy, you may be referred to a member of the hospital’s interdisciplinary team, such as the genetics department, social work, Lactation Consultant, clinical dietitian, pediatrician or Women’s Reproductive Mental Health program.
4. Cesarean Birth
When a cesarean birth is organized for you, you will receive:
- An information booklet
- Medical health information forms
- Lab requisitions
5. Prenatal Classes
Whether it is your first baby or your fourth, prenatal education is very important for you and your partner. The Child Health Network of the Greater Toronto area recommends prenatal education for all childbearing families, especially first time parents. "Education can help in the adoption of healthy behaviours, assists with coping with labour and birth and develops knowledge and skills for the chosen method of infant feeding".
Women and their partners need education about how to have a healthy pregnancy, prepare for care of the baby, and Labour and Birth.
Our classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm and on Saturday.
We suggest completion of both Mother and Baby care after birth as well as Labour and Birth.
Mother And Baby Care After Birth - taught in six hours, either three evening classes or on a Saturday. These classes are designed to help couples make the transition to parenthood. This series focuses on healthy lifestyles for you and your baby, parenting and infant feeding and costs $75.00 per couple.
Labour and Birth Classes - taught in eight hours, either four evening classes or on a Saturday. The focus is on preparing couples for the labour and birth experience by providing information about the birth process, comfort measures and medical interventions. This series costs $100.00 per couple.
The advantage of weekly classes is that the parents have the opportunity to have weekly reinforcement of their learning and an opportunity to review, practice and build on their skills. Many couples have requested the one day learning, as our lives are very busy, so we have also established this program as a response to this feedback.
Refunds for classes are available for medical reasons with a physician note or if you have your baby before the classes that have been scheduled for you.
Our classes are held in the Erin Mills Women’s and Children Regional Centre of the Credit Valley Hospital. You will meet your teacher at this entrance near the Tim Horton's kiosk.
If you have any questions please email .
Please review our list of supportive websites for additional information during your pregnancy. We also recommend a book called “Healthy Beginnings”, produced by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGC). It provides Canadian information based on SOGC guidelines to give you information to make safe choices during your pregnancy.
Coming to the Hospital
Before you come to the hospital:
- Review your Maternal Child Information Book, or the list on this website, to decide what to bring.
- Be sure to follow handwashing and infection control guidelines.
When should you come to the hospital?
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and you think you are in labour, come to our Labour Assessment Unit.
Come to the Labour Assessment Unit if at any time you are worried about:
- Premature labour,
- Ruptured membranes,
- Pain, or
- If the baby is not moving as frequently as you are used to.
If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and have any concerns, please contact your care provider or go directly to the closest Hospital Emergency Department.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Labour Assessment Unit at
True Labour and Pre Labour – What’s the Difference?
Occur regularly, becoming stronger; then lasting longer and occurring closer together
Occur irregularly or become regular only
Become more intense with walking
Often stop with walking or position change
Usually felt in the back, radiating to lower portion of abdomen
Can be felt in back and abdomen above the navel
Continuing despite use of comfort measures (such as massage, relaxation techniques or a warm shower)
Often can be stopped through use of comfort measures
Presence of bloody show indicates progressive changes of the cervix (softening, effacing, and dilatation
No presence of bloody show with no significant change in effacement or dilatation.
Presenting part becomes engaged in the pelvis resulting in increased ease of breathing and at
Presenting part is usually not engaged.
The Labour Assessment Unit
All patients are assessed in our Labour Assessment unit to determine if an admission to the Birthing Suites is required. If you are not in active labour, or if you are in early labour, you may be sent home with follow-up instructions as this practice supports a healthy birthing experience.
The labour assessment unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Initial assessments of all labouring women are performed in one of the 4 assessment rooms contained in this unit prior to taking the patient and family to the Birthing Suites when you are determined to be in active labour.
Having Your Baby
The Birthing Suites are located in the H wing of The Credit Valley Hospital (Sun zone).
Enter at the Erin Mills’ Regional Women’s and Children’s Health Centre entrance (across from the parking garage and to the left of the ambulance bay), proceed to the “sun” elevator and go up to the 3rd floor. The Labour Assessment Unit is directly to your right as you exit the elevator.
About the New Maternal Child Centre:
- Approximately 5,000 babies are born each year at Credit Valley
- All rooms include a daybed for use by visiting family members and a private washroom
- There are three dedicated operating rooms available on the unit for caesarean section deliveries
When you are admitted to the Birthing Suites, you will remain here throughout your labour and birth and for 1 to 2 hours post-delivery.
Birthing Plans and Labour Support
Birthing plans are reviewed during your stay by members of the health care team to help make the most of your birthing experience. Continuous labour support is provided during your labour experience to assist your transition to parenthood. Nurses actively assist you with your coping measures for labour and encourage participation by your support network.
Support Persons and Visitors
Please decide who will support you in labour and discuss with your nurse who will be with you in the birthing suite. Your partner and other support persons are welcome during your stay in the Birthing Suite. They are the only persons who should be with you in birthing suite. All others are visitors. Visitors are asked to visit you on the Mother and Baby Patient Care unit.
Please discuss with your doctor if you have any special requests as you get closer to your delivery date.
What to Bring to Labour and Delivery
- your health card
- CVH Patient Handbook
- extra insurance information (if applicable)
- pen to fill out forms
- discardable underwear
- personal hygiene products
- maxi pads/maternity pads
- two pillows
- breastfeeding pillow (optional)
- lip gloss / or balm
- massage oils
- partner's swimsuit if joining you in shower or tub
- camera with extra batteries and film (or memory card)
- video and/ or digital video camera (optional)
- tape recorder or CD player with batteries and music for relaxation options
- your personalized focal point
- freezies (labeled with your name)
- breath freshener, toothpaste and toothbrushes for you and partner
- housecoat and slippers
- snacks for partner (vending machines available 24 hours)
- several outfits (optional, there are also hospital gowns available)
- hat (bonnet)
- mittens, socks or booties
- CMVSS approved car seat (with instruction booklet)
After Your Baby is Born
You will remain in the Birthing Suite for one to two hours after your baby is born and it is important for you or your partner to keep to your baby Skin To Skin on your chest to support the baby’s transition to the new environment. During this time you will have the opportunity for early breastfeeding. In addition, skin to skin care supports and promotes the establishment and the continuation of breastfeeding for six months and beyond, as recommended by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the World Health Organization.
Your Stay in the Mother and Baby Patient Care Unit
The Mother and Baby Patient Care Unit is located in Erin Mills Women's and Children's Health Centre of the Credit Valley Hospital (Flower Zone - level 3)
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Contact Telephone number (905) 813-2200 ext 3941
The Mother and Baby Unit is a 35 bed postpartum and obstetrics unit, which consists of 18 private rooms, 7 semi-private rooms, and one three-bed room.
TV, Telephone and Internet
Each bed is equipped with a telephone and a television. Long distance calls can only be made with a calling card. Patients can dial out at any time of the day; however, incoming calls are disconnected from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. to help promote rest, relaxation and sleep. Access to the internet is also available.
During your stay on the Mother and Baby Patient Care Unit you and your partner will be bonding with and caring for your newborn and we will support all of you as you prepare to return home.
Learning about Parenthood
The post delivery period is a time of change and learning. To assist you and your family with the transition to parenthood, our nursing staff provides one-to-one teaching plus, you have access to free in-house learning programming (channel 123) via your bedside television. A variety of "caring for your baby" programs are available 24 hours per day.
Your partner and/or support person may spend the night in a private room. If the room is semi-private or shared with several others (a ward room), all patients must agree to this arrangement.
We provide a Quiet Time from 2 to 4 pm every day to allow rest time for you, your partner and your baby. We request no visiting during this period.
The Family Resource Room
Please plan to visit the Family Resource Room during your stay. We have provided a supply of free resource pamphlets for support when you go home with your baby. A microwave, ice machine and refrigerator are also available for your use as well as a comfortable setting for you, your support persons and visitors. Please ensure any personal food and/or drinks placed in the refrigerator are clearly labeled with your name.
We provide you with an admission information package as well as a discharge booklet to give you important tips for safe care for you and your baby after discharge as well as important community support resources. More information is provided in the Healthy Beginnings book as well as our Maternal and Newborn Information book.
If you have a normal vaginal birth you may expect to be discharged within 24 hours. If you have a Cesarean birth, your expected discharge would be 48 to 72 hours after delivery. Your baby will receive normal newborn screening, jaundice screening, and a hearing test. If your baby requires treatment for above normal jaundice results, we offer a Home Phototherapy program.
Our nursing staff answers our hotline phone to respond to your questions within the first week that you are home. Contact Hotline number: (905) 813-1100 ext 6909
(additional information following birth after discharge for 1 week)
Your baby should be seen by your doctor within 48 hours of discharge and you should be seen in six weeks' time for follow up. Once you are home, please access the Public Health Supports in your area. They offer many resources for families of new babies.
Skin to Skin Contact
It is important for your baby to remain “skin to skin” on your chest or partner’s chest for the baby’s transition to the new environment and to provide an opportunity for frequent breastfeeding.
Our nursing staff is educated in providing breastfeeding support, and a breastfeeding class is held each morning. If you or your baby are identified as having risk factors that may affect your breastfeeding we can provide Lactation Consultant care.
We support the World Health Organization “Baby Friendly Initiative” and will provide you with information to promote and protect breastfeeding while supporting your individual feeding choice.
Skin-to-skin care, first at the hospital and then at home, helps your baby adjust to his or her new world and feel safe and comforted. This practice also supports ongoing breastfeeding
We work closely with Peel Public Health and are able to provide our breastfeeding moms with appointments at the Peel Public Health Breastfeeding clinic in Meadowvale Town Centre and in Brampton. Experience shows us that this support promotes continued breastfeeding as well as access to all community supports as your infant grows.
For Your Security
All staff that can provide care to your baby have name tags with yellow bands for easy identification. All care of your baby is provided with you present. Do not leave baby or other children unattended.
Your baby’s hearing will be assessed at the hospital before discharge, as part of the Ontario Infant Hearing Program.
Car Seat Safety
Please bring a CMVSS approved infant car seat to the hospital to take your new baby home on the day of discharge. Your discharging nurse will review proper placement of your new baby in the infant car seat. Please ensure that before you are discharged from hospital, you have properly secured the base in the rear facing position, in the vehicle that will transport your baby home.
Although circumcision is no longer viewed as medically necessary, many families choose to have their newborn male circumcised for religious or personal reasons. If you are interested in arranging for a circumcision, ask your family physician or nurse in hospital to help you arrange this procedure. Circumcisions are booked as an outpatient procedure generally before one month of age. This procedure is no longer covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
When You Go Home
Our discharge booklet From Hospital to Home provides important information about keeping you and your baby safe as well as health concerns that may require extra attention or emergency care. Please take a few minutes to review the booklet when you are admitted to the Mother & Baby Unit as well as at home. You can become pregnant again soon after births so please discuss contraception with your care provider.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
If your baby needs additional care for various reasons such as prematurity, breathing, circulation or feeding difficulties, he or she will be transferred to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We will monitor your baby closely to meet his or her needs and will partner with you to support your understanding of these needs. Our health care team includes pediatricians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, clinical dietitians, lactation consultants and pharmacy care providers.
Parents can be with their baby at any time. Parents must always have their identification band with them and are encouraged to accompany any other support person(s) to the NICU.
As well there are Mother’s Residence Rooms where you or your partner can rest between caring for your baby. There are also Care by Parent rooms where families can learn to care for their babies prior to discharge.
After discharge, your baby will be cared for by your family doctor and / or a pediatrician.
Public Health services are also an available resource.
Information for expecting and new mothers (in PDF format) available in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese.
The Gift of Breastmilk
We believe that breastmilk is the best nutritional start in life for your baby. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients required to help your baby grow and develop properly.
The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding up to 1 year of life and beyond. After six months, babies continue to breastfeed along with the introduction of solid foods. Health Canada and The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years of age.
Breastfeeding your baby will take some time and patience, as you and your baby learn your new roles. Nurses and lactation consultants will be here to support you with breastfeeding.
In hospital, the nurses will assist you with breastfeeding. There are also daily breastfeeding classes taught by the lactation consultants that you should attend prior to discharge. A lactation consultant is available to assist you and your baby if you are having any challenges with breastfeeding.
After discharge you may be given a clinic appointment to assess and support breastfeeding.
It is essential that you follow-up with your family doctor within a few days of discharge, so that your baby’s feeding and weight gain can be assessed.
Community breastfeeding clinics through Peel Health are also available to give mothers extra support with breastfeeding after discharge. Breastfeeding support is available for up to six weeks.
Congratulations for choosing to give your baby the very valuable gift of breastmilk!
Women may experience perinatal mood disorders. At Credit Valley Hospital we provide support through our Women's Reproductive Mental Health Program. For more information, please visit Women's Reproductive Mental Health page»
Brochures & Education
Motherisk NVP Helpline toll free at 1-800-436-8477or visit www.motherisk.org»
Best Start www.beststart.org»
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) www.sogc.org»
Ontario Early Years www.ontarioearlyyears.ca»
Region of Peel www.regionofpeel.ca»
Hospital for Sick Kids www.sickkids.on.ca»
St. John Ambulance www.sja-mississauga.ca
Vitamin D information:
from Health Canada»
from Canadian Paediatric Society»
Formula? NO Thanks»
Bottle Feeding Information »