During labour and delivery
The support a mother receives during labour, whether from her spouse, a family member or another support person, has a significant positive effect on the birth experience. For that reason, the partner (or any other significant adult) is encouraged to stay by the mother’s side throughout the birthing process. Other support persons are permitted to stay during this time, provided the mother’s condition and the limitations of the room allow.
After the birth (postnatal period)
Given that the time spent at the hospital is very brief, our visiting policy centres primarily on the well-being of the mother and child, educating the family, allowing time to rest and providing breast-feeding support.
Visitors are welcome based on the preferences of the mother and, when sharing a room, the needs of the other patients. A quiet time takes place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Only one person (the father or another significant adult) may sleep at the hospital. Each room has a pull-out chair where the support person can spend the night. For greater comfort, we ask that support persons bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Children may visit, provided they are not ill and have not been exposed to a contagious disease (chicken pox, measles, etc.). Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and may not be left alone with the mother. If a child is making a lot of noise, running in the corridors or unsupervised, we will ask that the child return home.
Visitors must not come to the hospital if they have a contagious illness (chicken pox, rubella or measles) or exhibit the following symptoms:
- sore throat
- conjunctivitis, etc.
Visiting the intermediate care nursery
Visits to the intermediate care nursery are limited to two or three persons at a time. This restriction is in place because of the limited space available at each station and for stimulus control of all the newborns. One of the visitors, either the mother, father or significant adult, must be wearing the newborn’s identification tag. The newborn’s siblings are also invited to visit the nursery.
To prevent the spread of infection, parents must complete a questionnaire, provided by the nurse, before any other of their children under 12 years of age visit the nursery for the first time.