Childbirth and NICU visiting hours

Childbirth and NICU visiting hours

During labour and delivery (4WH)

If you are giving birth at The Stollery Family Centre for Childbirth & Children, you may choose one partner and one support person to be with you from your admission through to your delivery.

If you have a caesarean section, only your partner will be allowed in the operating room. The labour and delivery team will make sure your partner is properly prepared to be in the operating room. Only your partner will be allowed in your recovery room, which is the room you will stay in for a short while after the operation.

After giving birth (4WF)

If you are giving/have just given birth, your family members may come to our family waiting room at any time. They may go to your (and your baby’s) room according to the guidelines below.

Following your delivery and during your recovery, you will be transferred to our antepartum/postpartum unit. Your partner may visit at any time and must wash their hands frequently. All other visitors may come from 1 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. any day of the week.

Only two visitors may be in your room at any time, to help prevent the spread of possible infection. All visitors must wash their hands as they enter your room before touching you and your new baby.

Your newborn baby’s brothers and sisters may come to your and your baby’s room. To help prevent the spread of infection, please do not let other children under age 12 visit. Please make sure siblings are cared for by a guardian at all times.

All visitors must be illness free and everyone must wash their hands frequently.

Alongside Midwifery Unit

In the Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU), your time with us after the birth is short (maximum six hours). We suggest you limit visitors so that you can recover, bond with baby and receive the teaching and support needed. Family and friends can visit at home in the following days.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) daily visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Your baby may have a maximum of two visitors present at a time. Other visitors may wait in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room.

Siblings are welcome, but please speak to your nurse before bringing siblings to visit. We allow one to two care partners (parents, legal guardians or delegate) to be present at any time. Find out more info about our NICU.

After hours visiting at the Markham site

Most doors at the Markham site are locked after 9 p.m. If you are visiting a loved one during this time, please use the entrance to the Emergency Department.

Download the guide for after-hours visitors.

Newborn infant security

A child is a precious gift. We are committed to protecting your baby and ask that you do your part by following our Newborn Security protocol as posted in your room.