After giving birth

Postpartum Experience

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

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.

You and your baby can return to our outpatient clinics for follow up mother/baby care, breastfeeding assistance, and your baby’s hearing screening test. 

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

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

Follow-up care

When you leave the hospital, you will be given information about your baby 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. 

Breastfeeding classes are available after discharge for all women - you will receive the appointment information at discharge, or from a clinic staff member by phone on the first business day following your discharge. Most women will be referred to our outpatient OB clinic for follow up care.  

Some babies will be referred to our newborn 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. 

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

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