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1 1. When should I come in? If you think you are in labour If you think your water has broken If baby movements have stopped or you feel less than 6 fetal movements in 2 hours. If you have constant abdominal or stomach pain If you have changes in vision or unusual headaches If you have vaginal bleeding If you have any health or pregnancy related concerns contact Health Link ( ) 2. Where do I park? Underground Parking: Located off 43 rd street on the north side of the hospital. o Enter the parkade 6:00am- 8:00pm. Exit 24 hours/day. o Cost is $1.00/half hour to a maximum of $10.00/day. o Obtain a stub when you enter, keep it with you, NOT in your vehicle. When you leave insert the stub into the pay stand by the P1 elevator and pay with cash or credit card. Keep the validated parking stub with you and use it to exit the parkade. Outdoor Parking: Located south/southwest side of the hospital by main entrance. o Cost is $0.75/half hour with a maximum charge of $8.00/day. o Purchase a stub from a pay stand (coins or credit card) and place it on your dash. Emergency Parking: Parking at the emergency entrance is open 24hours/day. o Please move your vehicle to a regular parking lot as soon as possible. o Cost is $0.75/half hour to a maximum of $8.00/day. 3. What time are the main entrance doors open/ closed? The south side main entrance doors are open from 6:00am - 10:00pm. Come through Emergency after the main entrance closes. 4. What should I bring? Pen with black ink for Birth Registration Going home outfit and blanket for baby Comfortable clothing for mom after baby is born Nursing bra or tank top 3-4 pairs of maternity underwear Pillow with a colored pillow case Plastic(washable) flip flops or croc type sandal Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant Camera Cash/change, debit, credit card for parking and vending machines

2 Lotion, lip balm, water bottle Soothers if you are choosing to use them. Unit 25 will supply diapers, maternity pads, and 2 pairs of mesh underwear. 5. Where is unit 25 and how do I get there? Unit 25 is located on the second floor of the hospital. You can get directions at the information desk located at the South Complex entrance. If you arrive through Emergency, security staff will direct you to Unit What happens when I arrive on Unit 25? A nurse will do a physical assessment and find out why you have come in. We will listen to your baby s heartbeat, and possibly check your cervical dilation if you are in labour. The nurse will call and update your doctor on what is happening. You will either be admitted to a labour room or discharged home. 7. What comfort measures & pain management options are frequently used on Unit 25? Bath tub, shower, birthing ball, rocking chair, hot packs, cold packs, massage and frequent position changes are encouraged. Nitrous oxide laughing gas, narcotic analgesic and/or epidural analgesic may be available after your individual assessment is complete. 8. Can I have a water birth? If you are under the care of a midwife, water birth may be an option. If you are under the care of a family doctor or obstetrician water birth is not an option at this time. 9. Labour support people, who can be with me? You are welcome to bring 1 or 2 support people with you for labor support. If you need more we will do our best to accommodate your needs based on space in the delivery rooms. Extra family members waiting for baby s arrival will be shown to the family lounge to wait there and are not to wait in the hallways. 10. Can the father/support person stay with me after baby is born? Your support person is encouraged to stay to help with baby outside of regular visiting hours. One support person may sleep in the postpartum room with you if there is no patient admitted to the other bed. If a patient is admitted to the second bed your support person will be asked to sleep at home or in the family lounge. Please do not sleep or set anything on the empty extra bed in the room. Reclining chairs are available in the family lounge and blankets can be borrowed from unit 25 for support people. Hospital beds are for patient use only.

3 11. What are the regular visiting hours? The mother s support person is always welcome. The baby s siblings may visit when accompanied by mother s support person Visiting hours are 10:00am-12:00pm and again at 6:00pm-8:00pm daily. The number of visitors at the bedside should not exceed 2. Anyone who is sick should postpone their visit until they are recovered. We strongly discourage parents from taking infants to other areas of the hospital where there is a higher risk of exposure to illness. Baby should always be transported in a cot when leaving the unit and accompanied by a person that has a matching ID band. 12. Will my baby stay with me the entire time after he/she is born? Baby will stay with you. There is a baby bassinette beside your bed. All the baby supplies you need will be found under this bed. These include diapers, wipes, baby hospital gowns, and extra blankets. Your nurse will provide teaching, support and answer all questions while you stay and care for your baby on unit 25. You or your support person is to accompany baby when taken out of your room for other assessments and tests Your nurse and Primary healthcare provider will perform your baby s assessment at the bedside and we encourage you to ask questions during this time regarding your baby s status The only time baby would not stay in the room with you, is if baby needs to stay in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This happens for babies who are born before 37 weeks, need IV fluids or medicine, oxygen therapy or special observation for medical reasons. 13. Telephones and Televisions. Cellular phones are allowed on unit 25. You should not be within 1 meter of medical equipment as it can cause interference with the equipment. When in labour please request that friends and family wait for you to call them. Multiple phone calls asking for information takes time and for confidentiality reasons staff cannot provide any updates. Televisions are available at each bedside postpartum and can be connected for a fee. 14. Will I have a roommate after baby is born? There are only 3 private rooms available on Unit 25 and they are given to women who medically require a private room. These rooms cannot be reserved. The other 10 rooms are semi private with 2 moms and babies in each bed. 15. What are the routine tests/procedures for newborns?

4 All babies are assessed by your doctor or midwife after birth. Babies are assessed thoroughly each shift (every 8 hours). You will be asked about frequency of feeding, and number of wet and dirty diapers. We weigh your baby and measure their head and length shortly after they are born We re- weigh the baby before discharge or as needed during your stay here. We routinely give a vitamin K injection into the leg. We routinely administer erythromycin eye ointment into each eye. After 24 hours of age we routinely collect a blood sample from your baby s heel. This test is called newborn metabolic screening. This test screens for 17 different disorders including cystic fibrosis. You will be given more information before the sample is taken. Before discharge we will use a light meter to check bilirubin (jaundice) levels. Babies are not bathed until at least 6 hours of age and once their temperature is stable. 16. What happens if I need a cesarean birth? If you are booked in advance for a cesarean section, a nurse from our Obstetrical Preadmission Clinic will call you to complete some teaching over the phone. After this call and a consultation with your obstetrician you will know how to prepare and what to expect during your surgery and hospital stay. If you have an unexpected cesarean section your physician and nurse will do all the necessary teaching and preparation at that time. Once you have a good understanding of why a cesarean section has been recommended you will be asked to sign consent for the surgery. One support person can go with you to the operating room. o If you have a spinal anesthetic and are awake for surgery one support person can be in the room with you when baby is born. o If you have a general anesthetic and are sleeping for surgery, your support person will wait outside the operating room and will accompany your baby to the NICU or Unit 25 depending on your baby s needs. 17. How long on average should I expect to stay in the hospital? 24 hours after an uncomplicated vaginal birth. 48 to 72 hours after a cesarean section. 18. What paperwork do I need to fill out in hospital? After baby is born you will be given a Registration of Birth form to complete. This is completed by the birth mother. This form MUST be handed in before you leave the hospital. Completion of this form will register baby s birth and enables you to apply for a birth certificate at a later date. If you have any special circumstances surrounding the birth of your baby and have questions about registering baby s birth, please call Vital Statistics to have your questions answered. (Call toll free then dial )

5 When you complete the Registration of Birth form you have the option to sign requesting an automatic application for baby s Social Insurance Number S.I.N. You will then receive a S.I.N card in the mail for your child. When you complete the birth registration form you can also sign authorizing the application for the Child Tax Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit and the GST/HST Credit, including any related provincial or territorial programs administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. Your baby will be given an Alberta Health Care number as soon as he/she is born. You will get a paper with this number on it before you leave the hospital. The Alberta Health Care Card for baby will arrive by mail at a later date. Please bring a black pen to complete this paperwork. 19. What happens if my baby goes to NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)? Your support person will be able to go with baby to NICU immediately after the birth. You will be able to see your baby as soon as you are able to walk or ride in a wheel chair. Parents can spend as much time as you want in NICU with baby. Parents will get a full orientation to NICU if baby is a patient on that unit. Visiting restrictions may apply to family and friends depending on the health needs of your baby. Please do not wear perfumes or bring strongly scented flowers into NICU or the hospital. Strong scents can cause breathing difficulties with some patients and staff. 20. Why does a public health nurse call me after I go home? A public health nurse will call you 24 hours after you go home and arrange a home visit to provide support and help with any concerns you have about your baby or yourself. She will provide breastfeeding help and support. She will do a physical assessment on you and baby, and may weigh your baby. She will bring information on immunization, infant safety and community resources. If you need more information or referrals to community supports she can help. If you have more questions call the Unit 25 pre admission nurse at or speak with your primary healthcare provider or PCN family nurse working with your physician s office.

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