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Welcome to the South Health Campus Family Maternity Place Virtual Tour© Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comTime for Baby The South Health Campus is at 4448 Front Street SE. The main entrance to the hospital on Front Street is open from 6:00 am - 9:00 pm. You can enter the hospital 24/7 through the parkade. Enter here if you do not feel you are in an emergency situation. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comPacking for labour A list of what to bring to the hospital is available in the Healthy Parents Healthy Children ‘Pregnancy and Birth’ book. Both books are useful resources packed with information from prenatal through to age 6. The books are available online at or in hard copy by getting a redemption card from your doctor or midwife to exchange for the books at your local Community Health Clinic. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comParking Enter through Parking Lot B and park in the “Forest” Parking Section © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comFrom The Parking Lot Take the elevator up to the main floor and follow the sign to the inpatient elevators T2, opposite the YMCA Wellness Centre. © Alberta Health Services
Getting to the Family Maternity PlaceTake the T2 inpatient elevators to the 7th floor Follow the sign to unit 76 and use the telephone for entrance © Alberta Health Services
Welcome to the Family Maternity Place!Stop at the reception desk. The clerk will check you in, and then you will go through to the unit. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comAssessing Your Labour First you will be assessed in an assessment (Triage) room. Your contractions will be monitored, your blood pressure taken, and you will be asked questions about your pregnancy and your contractions. After the assessment is completed, your doctor will be notified. If you are in active labour, you will be admitted to the unit. If you are in very early labour and are having no problems, you may be sent home with instructions about when to return. © Alberta Health Services
Your Labour, Birth and Postpartum RoomYour private labour / birthing room has a bed and chair. Walking is a great way to enhance labour and your nurse can also show you how to use the bed in different ways and can also supply you with a birth ball so you are more comfortable. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comYour Private Bathroom Each room has its own large bathroom with shower. Many women find that using the shower during labour helps them stay more comfortable. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comSupport During Labour You are welcome to have support people with you in labour. It is beneficial to choose supporters who are capable and comfortable with providing the emotional and physical comfort measures that you will learn about in your prenatal classes. © Alberta Health Services
If Baby Is Born By Cesarean BirthShould a cesarean birth be needed one support person can come into the operating room with you. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comAfter A Cesarean Birth After baby is born you will be moved to a recovery area where you will be monitored and have the opportunity to have skin to skin time with your baby. The nurse can also help you with baby's first breastfeed. You will then be returned to your room for the rest of your stay. After a cesarean birth the average stay is 48 hours. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comBreastfeeding It is normal for your newborn to feed frequently in the first few days to help you establish a good milk supply. The postpartum nurses will help you learn how to feed your baby. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comYour Postpartum Stay You will stay in this room for the labour, birth and until you go home. There is a bed for your partner or a support person to stay with you. The average length of stay is 24 hours after a vaginal birth. A bassinet is provided for your baby. Baby will stay with you in your room and as much skin to skin contact as possible is encouraged. © Alberta Health Services
The Importance Of Skin-to-SkinCalms and relaxes both mother and baby Regulates heart rate and breathing in the baby Stimulates digestion Regulates temperature Enables colonisation of baby’s skin with mothers friendly bacteria, thus providing protection against infection Stimulates feeding behaviour Stimulates the release of hormones to support breastfeeding and mothering Helps preterm babies to be more stable, maintain their temperature, fight infection, grow and develop better and be discharged from hospital sooner. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comThe Nutrition Centre There is a Nutrition Centre on the unit, where Mom can get snacks, juice, ice, or make hot drinks. © Alberta Health Services
© Alberta Health Services www.birthandbabies.comThe Neonatal Unit A Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery is also available at the Family Maternity Place for babies who need extra help. © Alberta Health Services
Going Home According to Alberta law, infants must travel in an approved rear-facing car seat. Purchase this seat before your baby is born, and read both the manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual for correct installation. For more information go to – © Alberta Health Services
Best Wishes to you, your baby, and your new family!For more information on the different pre-natal classes we offer please go to © Alberta Health Services
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