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Childbirth Centre

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 4, 2014 there is a new pre-registration drop-in model. If you registered prior to March 4, 2014 please note that you can no longer call in to arrange for tours or classes.  You will need to drop by the Triage and Registration desk in the childbirth and children's centre on the 4th floor, Building B  to arrange or rearrange as needed.   Please visit our pre-registration page for more information.

The birth of a child can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. We care for you in our specialized antenatal, birthing, and postpartum rooms.

We take pride in working with you and your family to make your Labour, Birth and Postpartum experience a time you will remember and treasure. Our specially trained Registered Nurses will make every attempt to provide a supportive care during your birthing experience, as outlined in our Promise Poster.

Care We Provide

Birth Options after C-Section Information Sessions
Umbilical Cord Blood Retrieval Program
Childbirth Centre Obstetrical Triage Assessment Line
Obstetrical Triage Assessment Unit (OAU)

Care Providers

Our Childbirth team includes specially trained nurses, family doctors, obstetricians, anaesthetists, midwives, lactation consultants and paediatricians to support deliveries from 32 weeks of pregnancy to term.

Obstetricians
Family Physicians
Midwives
Baby’s Doctor
Paediatricians and Paediatric Hospitalist
Anaesthesiologists
Lactation Consultants
Social Workers
Nurses

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I am in labour, what should I do?
What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Will my baby stay with me after birth?
What type of room will I have?
How long will I be in the hospital?

Resources

Click on links below to review information on the following topics:

True Labour and Pre Labour

Baby Warning Signs

Breastfeeding Your Baby (video)

Bathing Your Baby

Trimming Your Baby's Nails

As part of our teaching and patient education, you and your nurse will use the “Caring for yourself and your baby” Blue Book extensively. The cost for this book is $15.

For more mother and baby resources please visit the Health Links section or talk to your nurse.


Care We Provide

Birth Options after C-Section Information Sessions
At Markham Stouffville Hospital, a Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC) is considered a safe alternative to repeat elective C-sections for women who meet necessary criteria. This information session will give you the information you need to make the best decision for you and your baby. Speak with your health-care provider to assess if you are a candidate to attend one of these sessions.

You can register for the Birth Options after C-Section information session when you pre-register for your birth. If you have already pre-registered, you can still register for the session by dropping by the Triage and Registration desk on 4Wg at your convenience.

Upcoming Session Dates:

All classes 2:30-3:30 pm, in room B4611

Aug 21

Sept 26

October 23

November 13

December 18

January 14

February 11

Directions to Room B4611:

Take the elevator from the hospital lobby to the 4th floor Turn RIGHT out of the elevator towards Ante/Post partum 4Wf Do NOT go through the double doors Turn LEFT – Room B4611 is immediately on your RIGHT.

Have you had a C-section in the past? Click here for an opportunity to share your experience and participate in ongoing research.

 MSH CARES Poster

 

Breastfeeding Support in the Community

Patients who have delivered at MSH and who require breastfeeding support can access the assistance of certified lactation consultants through public health, which is covered under OHIP, or through private appointments (a fee for service is charged for private appointments). 

Patients should refer to the blue book that they received at pre-registration for a complete list of community resources available to support breastfeeding and for a list of certified lactation consultants available for private consultation.

Umbilical Cord Blood Retrieval Program
If you are planning to participate in a umbilical cord blood retrieval/storage program, a hospital administrative fee is charged. This fee is separate from the fees you will pay the private company coordinating the retrieval and storage of the cord blood. When you are admitted to the hospital, you will be asked to pay this administrative fee. Only MasterCard, Visa or debit cards are accepted.
 
Childbirth Centre Obstetrical Triage Assessment Line
Any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy when you think you are in labour or have any obstetrical concerns please call our Childbirth Centre Obstetrical Triage Assessment Line at 905-472-7366.

You will speak to an experienced obstetrical nurse who will review your current concern and relevant pregnancy and medical history. She will discuss your progress with you and advise you if it is time to come to the hospital.

If you are unsuccessful reaching the Childbirth Centre Obstetrical Triage Assessment Line at the above number, call 905-472-7383 and ask to speak with a Registered Nurse.

If you are under the care of a midwife, please call her directly and together you will decide whether it is time to come to the hospital.

If you have non-pregnancy related concerns, or are less then 20 weeks pregnant please call your doctor or go to the emergency department. For all emergencies dial 911.


Obstetrical Triage Assessment Unit (OAU)
If the nurse instructs you to come to the hospital for assessment after speaking to you on the Obstetrical Triage Assessment Phone Line, you will be seen in the Obstetrical Triage Assessment Unit (OAU) located in the Childbirth Centre.

The purpose of the OAU is to provide assessment of a woman in labour or a woman presenting with concerns related to the pregnancy after 20 weeks. It will also prevent unnecessary admission to hospital. Initially you will be assessed by an experienced obstetrical nurse who will be available to hear your questions and concerns. The initial assessment done by the nurse will be reviewed with the on call physician.

When you pre-register for childbirth at MSH, you will receive a Labour, Birth and Postpartum Plan to complete. This will assist you in planning your birth experience with us. It also assists us to determine whether we have met your needs. Please complete the plan prior to your hospital admission. We encourage you to review it with your physician or midwife during prenatal appointments. Please bring the completed plan with you to the hospital and the nurse will review the information with you and your partner before birth during the postpartum period and also prior to returning home.

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Care Providers

Obstetricians

Obstetricians are physicians who have specialized education to provide pregnancy and birth care to women with low or high risk pregnancies. A referral from a family doctor is needed to get an appointment with an obstetrician.

Last Name First Name Address City Postal Work Phone Fax
Arnold Dr. George 379 Church Street, Ste. 406 Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-4553 905-472-1877
Chang Dr. Neil 377 Church Street, Ste. 210 Markham L6B 1A1 905-471-3699 905-471-5259
Chouinard Dr. Renee 6633 Highway #7 East, Ste. 314 Markham L3P 7P2 905-201-9972 905-201-9932
Garcia-Erdeljan Dr. Meivys 379 Church Street, 5th Floor Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-4484 905-472-3219
Gilmour Dr. Jeff 96 Cornell Park Ave., Unit 3 Markham L6B 1B6 905-294-1934 905-294-7843
Hall Dr. Robert 6633 Highway #7 East, Ste. 305 Markham L3P 7P2 905-294-4405 905-294-2334
Lackman Dr. Felice 106 Cornell Park Ave., Unit 3  Markham L6B 1B6 905-471-1945 905-471-6315
Linkenheil Dr. Edith 377 Church Street, Ste. 208 Markham L6B 1A1 905-294-8505 905-294-8523
Peters Dr. Christyne 377 Church Street, Ste. 208 Markham L6B 1A1 905-472-7129 905-472-1416
Pyselman* Dr. Colette 377 Church Street, Ste. 208 Markham L6B 1A1 905-472-7130 905-472-4130
Ranken Dr. Kersti 379 Church Street, 5th Floor Markham L6B 0T1 905-201-3416 905-472-9797
Singh Dr. Gita 106 Cornell Park Ave, Unit 3 Markham L6B 1B6 905-471-8222 905-471-8822
Virro Dr. Michael 379 Church Street, 5th Floor Markham L6B 1A1 905-472-7128 905-472-4994

 

Obstetrician Practice Patterns

An Obstetrician is on call 24 hours/day, and readily available for patient management in the hospital. During any 24-hour period, the Obstetrician on-call will be responsible for the care of all women admitted to the Childbirth Centre at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Under this on-call schedule, your labour and birth care will be the responsibility of the physician assigned to in-hospital duties on that day. This pattern of practice is now well established in numerous centres across Ontario and has proven to be both safe and effective.

Family Physicians

Family physicians are primary caregivers in normal births and provide complete care and advice for healthy women during pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum and also provide newborn care. If complications arise, the family physician may consult an Obstetrician or Paediatrician to become involved in your care.

The following is a list of Family Physicians who have obstetrical privileges at Markham Stouffville Hospital:

Last Name First Name Practice Adaress City Postal Work Phone Fax
Abenstein Dana Markham Family Health Team 379 Church Street, Ste. 202 Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-2200 905-472-5662
Filosa Dr. Tomas Markham Family Health Team 377 Church Street, Ste. 101  Markham L6B 1A1 905-471-9999 905-471-3627
Homer Dr. Michelle Health for All Family Health Team 379 Church Street, Ste. 202 Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-2200 905-472-5662
Kazandji Dr. Dalal   6633 Highway 7, Ste. 210 Markham L3P 7P2 905-294-3170 905-294-3379
Weissberger Dr. Jeff Markham Family Health Team 377 Church Street, Ste. 101 Markham L6B 1A1 905-471-9999 905-471-3627
West Dr. Amanda Health for All Family Health Team 379 Church Street, Ste. 202 Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-2200 905-472-5662
Yuen Sheila Health for All Family Health Team 379 Church Street, Ste. 202 Markham L6B 0T1 905-472-2200 905-472-5662

 

Midwives

For more information on midwives visit the midwives section.
 
Baby’s Doctor
Be sure to arrange to have a doctor for your baby prior to delivery. This may be a family doctor or a Paediatrician. Talk to your doctor/midwife about the option that is right for you. If you are under the care of a midwife, normally she will also care for your baby after delivery until 6 weeks of age. If your Paediatrician or Family Doctor does not have admitting privileges at the hospital, a Paediatrician will assess your baby in the hospital and provide you with a report to take to your baby’s doctor after discharge.

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that a health care provider see your baby within 48 hours of discharge.

Paediatricians and Paediatric Hospitalist

Paediatricians are doctors who specialize in child and youth health.  Neonatologists are specialized pediatricians who further train to take care of premature and high risk newborns.  

The following is a list of Paediatricians at Markham Stouffville Hospital:

Dr. Deepa Grewal , Chief of Paediatrics

Dr. Navneet Sharma, Neonatologist

Dr. Sonali Mohile, Paediatrician

Dr. Padmini Turlapatti, Paediatrician

Dr. Larry Pancer, Paediatrician

Dr. Abhinav Garg, Paediatrician

Dr. Munesh Singh, Paediatrician

Dr. Vicky Fera, Paediatrician

Dr. Hosanna Au, Paediatrician

Dr. Sonia Menard, Paediatrician

Anaesthesiologists

 

Anaesthesiologists are specialists who provide epidural/spinal pain management for vaginal and c-section births. They also may administer general anaesthesia for C-Section births if indicated. An Anaesthesiologist is on-call 24 hours/7 days per week.

Lactation Consultants
A Lactation Consultant is available to assist you with breastfeeding while in hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and two Saturdays per month from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Social Workers
Social workers can help you and your child feel more comfortable with personal, social or financial problems you may be experiencing during your stay at Markham Stouffville Hospital. They can be contacted at 905-472-7373 ext. 6544.
 
Nurses
Clinical nurses are here to facilitate a positive birth experience for you and your family. You will have clinical nurses responsible for you and your baby's care throughout your hospital stay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I think I am in labour - what should I do?
If you think you are in labour, please call the Childbirth and Children's Centre Obstetrical Triage Assessment phone line at 905-472-7366 and speak to a nurse so that we can plan for your arrival. If this line is busy, please hung up and call 905-472-7383 and your call will be directed to an experienced obstetrical nurse who will review your current concern and relevant pregnancy and medical history. She will discuss your progress with you and advise you if it is time to come to the hospital.

If the nurse instructs you to come to the hospital for assessment after speaking to you on the Obstetrical Triage Assessment Phone Line, you will be seen in the Obstetrical Triage Assessment Unit located in the Childbirth Centre.

You will be assessed by an experienced obstetrical nurse and this assessment will be reviewed with the on call physician.

What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Towels, washcloths, patient gowns, infant gowns, baby blankets (2 per infant) and baby feeding supplies for those bottle-feeding will be provided by the hospital. All other supplies are no longer provided by the hospital.

Personal products that you will need to bring with you:

 For Mother:

• Comfortable pajamas/clothing
• Breastfeeding pillow*
• Sanitary napkins (at least one pkg. of large pads)
• Favourite pillows x 2
• Supportive bra
• Kleenex
• Deodorant
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Hairbrush
• Shampoo
• Soap
• Washcloth
• Mouthwash
• Snack/juices
• Lotion
• Sleeping bag/pillow (for significant other if
staying in a private room)
• Chapstick
• Music (cordless)
• Plastic drinking glass
• Pen/paper

For Baby:

• Infant car seat
• Newborn diapers (at least 1 pkg.)
• Clothes and blankets to wear home
• Soap/shampoo
• Barrier Cream
(and manufacturer’s instructions)

 

 

Please remember to bring your copy of “Caring for yourself and your baby” (Blue Book available for a cost of $15) with you during your hospital stay, as the nursing staff will be referring to it in their postpartum teaching.
Will my baby stay with me after birth?
In keeping with the philosophy of Family Centered Care, nurses care for mothers and babies in the same room, this is known as combined care. With your baby in the room with you, there are more opportunities for you to get to know your baby and for your nurse to teach and assist you with baby care. Mother and baby will room together for the length of stay (unless baby has been admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).
 
What type of room will I have?
You will labour and deliver in one of our private, specially-equipped birthing rooms. If you have requested a private room following your birth, (and have private insurance or provide payment for the private room fee) every attempt is made to allow you to remain in your birthing room until discharge.  However, the increased birth volumes that we are experiencing may not make this possible. Should we need to transfer you during your postpartum stay, we will move you to another room in the Childbirth Centre - to one of our ward rooms, to a semi-private room or to one of our two private rooms. Please note: If you are moved to a semi- private or standard room, one individual (significant other) may stay with you from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but unfortunately cannot stay overnight. If you are in a private room, your significant other may stay overnight.

How long will I be in the hospital?
Most women who have an uncomplicated birth choose to leave the Hospital within 24 - 48 hours of delivery, while those experiencing a Caesarian Section prefer to go home within 48 – 72 hours.  The length of hospital stay is determined by discharge criteria, which includes physical readiness and confidence in self care and infant care. Our specially trained nurses will ensure you and your baby are meeting this criteria prior to discharge home.