After giving birth

Your postpartum experience

A few hours after you have delivered your baby, you will both move over to our Postpartum Unit. Your assigned room will align with your preferred accommodation request (private, semi-private or standard rooms are available).

You and your family will lead in the care of your baby, with your nurse to educate and assist you as necessary. As long as your baby is stable, he/she will remain with you. If your baby needs to go for tests, you or your partner are encouraged to go also. Your nurse will work with you on your discharge plan to help you return home with your new baby as soon as possible. 

In general, most women and their babies go home within 24 hours after birth. Your baby will be examined by a physician prior to leaving the hospital – within the first 24 hours after birth or sooner if required. Prior to discharge, your nurse will ensure your physical and emotional needs have been met and that you are ready for the changes you may experience in the first few weeks after the birth of your child.

After you are discharged from the hospital, you and your baby will be welcome to return to our outpatient clinics for follow-up mother/baby care, breastfeeding assistance and your baby’s hearing screening test. 

Follow-up care

When you leave the hospital, you will be given information to take to your baby’s doctor or midwife and all clinic appointments. 

Your baby will need to be seen by a doctor or midwife within two to three days of discharge from the hospital. If you had no complications, book a follow-up appointment for yourself with your primary care provider in six weeks. 

Most women will be referred to our Obstetrical (OB) Outpatient Clinic for follow-up care. If you had no complications, you should also book a follow-up appointment for yourself with your primary care provider in six weeks. If at any time you feel unwell after giving birth, see our handout on warning signs and when to call your doctor. If there is an emergency, call 911.

Breastfeeding classes are available for all women who have given birth at MSH. You will receive the appointment information when you are discharged from the hospital or from a clinic staff member by phone on the first business day following your discharge. 

Some babies will be referred to our Newborn Outpatient Clinic within a day or two after discharge. You will receive the date and time of your appointment at discharge, or from a clinic staff member by phone on the first business day following your discharge. 

Markham Stouffville Hospital has a partnership with Public Health for the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program and breastfeeding support. The public health nurse will visit weekdays to connect new families to supportive community programs.


Tips for recovery after childbirth

Here are a few tips and exercises to help with your recovery after childbirth.

Markham Pelvic Health offers pelvic floor physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, counselling and psychotherapy that can help with healing. Find out more: email info@markhampelvichealth.com or call (905) 604-4591.