|As the parent of a newborn, it is important that your baby is seen by a health care provider within 48 hours of leaving the hospital after delivering your baby.
- If you are scheduled to see a nurse at a hospital out-patient clinic within 48 hours (Post Birth Clinic), you also need to arrange an appointment to see your family's health care provider (eg. Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Midwife) within one week of leaving the hospital.
- If you are not returning to the hospital for an out-patient clinic, then it is important that your baby is seen by your family's health care provider within 48 hours of leaving the hospital to ensure that you and your baby are doing well.
|You have the most important role in the life of your new baby!
After delivering your baby you will receive a birth package from the hospital or your midwife, which contains information on child growth and development, programs to support you and your child, as well as key contact information.
You will also receive a copy of the New Parent Resource Guide. Keep this handy for future reference as your child develops, and take it with you to ALL your baby's appointments for updating. Show your health care provider the Passport to Health and your Baby's Feeding Record.
If you have any questions about your baby or supports available to your family, please contact Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 to speak to a Public Health Nurse.
Postbirth Clinics are provided by a partnership of Grand River and Cambridge Memorial Hospitals and Region of Waterloo Public Health for mothers and newborns discharged from one of these hospitals.
The clinics offer voluntary support for mothers and babies.
The clinics, located at both hospitals, are staffed by Public Health Nurses. Appointments take 20 to 30 minutes. Your partner or a support person is welcome to come with you.
What happens at Postbirth Clinics?
At the Postbirth Clinic, you will meet with a Public Health Nurse to talk about how you and your baby are doing. Your baby will be weighed and you will have a chance to get answers to your questions regarding yourself or your baby.
If more support, information or referrals to other services are needed, a family may be offered a home visit usually within two weeks of the Postbirth Clinic.
For more information on Postbirth Clinics, please call Region of Waterloo Public Health 519-575-4400.
Postpartum home visit
If during your visit to the Postbirth Clinic it is identified that more support, information or referrals to other services are needed, the Public Health Nurse may offer a home visit.
Referral to Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
If you are a primary care provider (eg. Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Midwife) and would like to refer someone to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, please call Region of Waterloo Public Health 519-575-4400 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.
If you are a parent interested in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, call Region of Waterloo Public Health 519-575-4400 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.