Labour & Delivery
Your support person is welcome and encouraged to actively participate in giving you emotional and physical care. Your needs are important and an individualized plan of care will be coordinated to suit your needs. Client choices are respected, but must be safe and within hospital policy.
A range of pain relief options are available, ranging from whirlpool baths, relaxation techniques, positioning, narcotics, epidural, nitrous oxide (laughing gas). A referral to an anesthetist may be necessary; this is determined by your care provider.
We encourage you to make informed choices about your care during labour and delivery. After you give birth, you and your baby will be transferred from the delivery room to a postpartum care room. A Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery provides care for ill or premature infants.
Please take the time to review our Mother and Infant Care booklet.
(French version is coming soon)
SAH works closely with Algoma Public Health and more information is available on their website.
Combined Care means that a nurse cares for a mother and her baby at the mother’s bedside. Your nurse will teach you how to care for yourself and your baby. The nurse will also monitor you and your baby’s health while in hospital. Your care will be individualized based on your unique needs.
During your stay you will learn:
- Caring for your baby – diapering, bathing, and cord care.
- Feeding your baby – infant hunger cues, positioning, how to feed your infant, and how to tell if baby is getting enough food/is full or content.
- Keeping your baby safe – recommended back to sleep position, when to seek medical attention, car seat safety, and where to get help following discharge from hospital.
With your consent, your nurse will link you to appropriate community service agencies when you go home from hospital.
You are encouraged to rest while your baby is sleeping, day or night. Your support person is not considered a visitor and is encouraged to participate in baby care/learning. Your support person can stay overnight with you and your baby and is expected to support the new mother by helping with baby care and providing emotional support.
Safety & Security
The Maternity Department at Sault Area Hospital has implemented a new program that focuses on building knowledge, skills and teamwork. MOREob (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) is a patient safety, quality improvement, and professional development program for obstetricians, nurses, midwives and administrators in hospital obstetrical units.
Additionally, for safety reasons we ask that you do not carry your baby in your arms in the hospital hallways. A crib is provided for your baby; the baby may be pushed in the crib in the hallways. Your baby may be carried in arms in your own room.
Other measures include:
- Unique security procedures include locked doors and electronic baby bracelets.
- All staff wear hospital photo identification badges and should introduce themselves to you. Always check for photo identification before giving your baby to a hospital staff member
Newborn babies are never left alone while in hospital. If you are leaving the unit because of medical needs a hospital staff member will care for your infant. If you need to leave the unit for personal reasons, please ensure a nurse or family member is available to stay with your baby. Your baby must remain on the unit for safety and security reasons.
Feeding your Newborn
Sault Area Hospital promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for babies.
Breast is best!
The Canadian Institute of Child Health, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization recommend that all newborns be exclusively breastfed. Nursing staff will assist you in learning how to feed your newborn.
We encourage parents to evaluate both breastfeeding and formula feeding in order to make an informed decision. How you choose to feed your baby is your choice! Only you can make the best choice for your newborn.
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