Commitment to quality

 Baby friendly initiative

Markham Stouffville Hospital supports new families and their infant feeding decisions. Breastfeeding is recognized as the normal and unequalled method of feeding infants. The World Health Organization and Canadian Paediatric Society recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond. Markham Stouffville Hospital is working toward designation as a Baby Friendly ™ organization. This is an internationally recognized, evidence based standard with the aim of providing optimal support to babies and families. Please click here to learn more about the Baby Friendly Initiative.

For your support, Markham Stouffville Hospital offers an Antenatal Breastfeeding Class, available to expectant families. This class provides information on the basics of breastfeeding to help prepare you for the birth of your baby. For registration in this class, please visit the pre-registration desk on the fourth floor of Building B, in The Stollery Family Centre for Childbirth and Children.

While at the hospital for the birth of your baby, your Nurse or Midwife will provide education and support to begin and establish breastfeeding. You will be encouraged to cuddle baby skin to skin often and your baby will remain in mother’s room throughout your stay unless he or she is needing additional medical care.

Following your hospital stay, MSH offers breastfeeding support through an Outpatient Breastfeeding Class. This class is available to all mothers and babies who delivered at MSH, up to 6 weeks after discharge from hospital. Plan to attend within one to two days after discharge. You are welcome and encouraged to return each weekday, especially in the first week. Additional community services are available for ongoing breastfeeding support.

At MSH, approximately 92% of mothers indicate their intention to breastfeed. We understand, however, that you may have made the informed decision to formula feed your newborn. Markham Stouffville Hospital’s nurses, physicians and midwives will provide you with the support and guidance you need to safely feed your baby.

For additional information, please visit the following:

Durham Region Public Health 

Toronto Public Health 

York Region Public Health

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families. Available in English,  French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Pujabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

10 Great Reasons to Breastfeeding

10 Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada 

 Kids Health Alliance

We are always striving to enhance the care we provide to our families. This is why MSH became the first community hospital to join Kids Health Alliance (KHA), which was founded in June 2017 by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. This partnership provides an opportunity for MSH to benefit from the expertise of these renowned paediatric centres and give children the care they need in their community where it’s easier for families to visit them.

How does our community bene­fit from this alliance?

• Ensures timely access to quality care closer to home by building capacity.

• Makes transitions easier when patients are transferred from one healthcare provider to another including improved access to health records through shared technology platforms.

• Improves the short- and long-term health of children and youth by embedding best clinical practices and principles.

• Creates consistent approaches to connecting along the continuum of care.

• Drives innovation through collaborative research and education.

 MSH Cares - C-section reduction strategy

Markham Stouffville Hospital Maternal Child Services are proud to be leaders in the innovation spread of our Caesarean Section (C/S) reduction strategy.  As an organization we have decreased our C/S rate from almost 30 per cent to 23 per cent and have sustained this lower rate.  This was achieved by ensuring we are providing evidence based care and adhering to best practice guidelines.

Managing obstetrical risk efficiently (MOREOB) program

We are proud to be an active participant in the MOREOB Program which is a “comprehensive performance improvement program that creates a culture of patient safety”.  This program provides our staff with tools and education to provide best practice to ensure better outcomes for moms and their babies. Visit More Ob to learn more