The Maternal Child Program provides high quality, patient and family-centered care to the residents of Huron, Perth and surrounding area.

Our interdisciplinary team is made up of obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives, lactation consultants and experienced, highly trained health care providers.

COVID-19 - Family & Caregiver Presence Guidelines

To continue to provide the safest possible experience and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all family, caregivers and support persons will be required to show government issued photo identification and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering any of the HPHA hospital sites. Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Ontario Ministry of Health Vaccination Receipt (digital or a paper copy) or the Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate.

The Huron Perth Health Alliance (HPHA) provides the safest possible hospital conditions to staff, patients, visitors, and caregivers. By entering the hospital everyone is agreeing to follow all appropriate infection prevention and control guidelines.

The presence of family, caregivers and certain support persons in maternal situations is critically important for the health and well-being of our patients and their expected babies. Accordingly, the following hospital presence guidelines are provided for all vaccinated and unvaccinated family, caregivers and support persons.

Please note: Children under the age of 16 are not permitted for general visiting on the Mat/Child Unit at this time.

Specific Areas of Maternal/Child Patient Support and Care:

Labour & Delivery

  • If fully vaccinated: 1 person maximum is permitted at bedside and can come and go as needed.
  • If not vaccinated: 1 person maximum for the duration of the admission to the hospital and cannot come and go. In unexpected births, the family member, caregiver or support person can leave the hospital one time to retrieve belongings, toiletries, and car seats. If they leave for any other reasons, they can only return to the hospital to pick up the patient upon her discharge.
  • All persons are responsible to pay for their own meals

Operating Room – Caesarean Section (C-Section)

  • Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated: 1 person (family member, caregiver, or support person) is permitted entry to the Operating room to be present for birth;
  • In addition to wearing their mask and date sticker, this person is required to wear personal protective equipment (which nursing staff will provide).
  • If the patient requires a general anesthetic, the support person will be required to wait in the recovery area. Our team will do the very best they can to provide support to you during this challenging and important time.
 "After Delivery" 
  • If fully vaccinated: 1 person (family member, caregiver, or support person) is allowed to be at the bedside and 1 additional family member/caregiver/support person may provide relief in circumstances if any when the primary family member, caregiver or support person needs to leave the hospital.
  • If not vaccinated: 1person maximum for the duration of the admission to hospital and may not come and go except for the following: In unexpected births, the family member, caregiver or support person can leave the hospital one time to retrieve belongings, toiletries, and car seats. If they leave for any other reason, they can only return to the hospital to pick up the patient upon discharge
 Special Care Nursery 
  • If fully vaccinated, up to two people (family members, or caregivers/support persons) are permitted to be present, with only 1 being present at the bedside at a time.
  • With twins, both caregiver persons may be present in the Special Care Nursery with one at each baby’s bedside.
  • If not fully vaccinated, one person only (family members, caregiver or support person) is permitted to be present unless there are twins, in which case, two persons can be present, one for each baby.
  • A courtesy room (for rest purposes or eating of food) is available for primary caregivers of babies in the Special Care Nursery. Family, caregiver or support person will have to pay for meals or bring in own food that must be consumed in the courtesy room

Pediatrics 

  • If fully vaccinated, two family members or caregiver/support persons) are permitted at the patient’s bedside with only 1 being present at a time, where they must stay at all times (except for eating or washroom usage).
  • If not fully vaccinated, one support person is permitted at the patient’s bedside where they must stay at all times.
  • Support person will have to pay for meals or bring in own food that must be consumed in the patient's room
Should the primary caregiver or support person need to leave the hospital, they can do so once in a 24-hour period and this must be discussed with the nurse at that time, such that the second caregiver/support person can provide relief.  

Outpatient Services: Any situations involving an unvaccinated support person must be discussed with the staff person booking the appointment prior to arriving at the hospital for the patient’s appointment. An example of such a situation would be when an adult patient requires assistance due to a language barrier, or physical, mental, or cognitive limitation, and a vaccinated support person is not available.

Types of Outpatient Visits and protocols regarding a Family member, Caregiver or Support persons’ accompanying a patient:

  • Triage (processing patients based on their need for immediate medical attention): 1 vaccinated or unvaccinated support person may accompany patient in critical situations   For all other triage visits, the support person will be required to wait outside the hospital. If patient support is required, the healthcare team will notify support person.
  • Antenatal (before birth) Clinic: Due to limited physical space, no support person is permitted
  • Breastfeeding Clinic: 1 fully vaccinated support person may accompany patient
  • Rhogam Injection: no support person permitted
  • Pediatric Outpatient: Children and infants may have a family caregiver present, whether vaccinated for not, with no prior arrangement.
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Clinic: Children and infants may have a family caregiver present, whether vaccinated for not, with no prior arrangement. 

As previously noted, family, caregivers and support persons are required to stay with their loved one in the designated area. Inquire with the department for locations of public washrooms and food dispensaries where the patient is receiving care. (Food or beverages may not be brought into the hospital for personal consumption).

Family/caregivers may not leave the unit for smoking / vaping or other purpose. If you choose to leave the hospital grounds for this purpose, you will be unable to return until the following day.

We thank everyone for your continued support with following these important guidelines during these challenging pandemic times, They are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for the overall safety and wellbeing of all staff, patients, and visitors.

Please feel free to reach out to Crystal Turner, Interim Manager Maternal Child, if you have any questions or concerns. 
Office: 519-272-8210 Ext. 2323; cell 519-274-0423; Email: crystal.turner@hpha.ca

Antenatal Clinic

The Antenatal clinic provides outpatient assessment and education for expectant mothers before delivery.

Appointments and hours are arranged by your Obstetrician's office.

Location, Parking, Entrance & Registration:

Stratford General Hospital: Maternal Child Unit, East Building, Second Floor 

Patients should enter through the Main Entrance.
  • Parking is available in Lot A off Cambria St. or Lot E off of West Gore St.
  • Active screening for COVID-19 is in effect.
Contact Information: 519-272-8210 ext. 2968 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 2968

Breastfeeding

Breastmilk is the natural food for babies. It contains everything your baby needs. Health Canada recommends feeding your baby only breastmilk for the first six months. At six months, begin to introduce solid foods and continue breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond.

Breastfeeding moms can call at any time, day or night, to receive support from the staff on the Maternal Child Unit. Nursing staff will accommodate questions and can be reached at 519-272-8232 or toll free 1-888-275-1102 extension 8232.

Breastfeeding Clinic

*Service Update*

In keeping with our COVID-19 pandemic response, call to book an appointment for our breastfeeding clinic.

Lactation Consultants are available for support by in-person appointment or over the phone Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate partners.  If assistance is required for transportation of baby with mom to the clinic from the Main Entrance, please let our screening staff know upon entry and they will be happy to assist. 

Contact Information: 519-272-8232 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 8232.

Breastfeeding Information and Supports

 

 

Maternity

The team in Maternity assists in the delivery of over 1,100 births each year while our Special Care Nursery cares for fragile infants that require additional support.

The Maternity Unit features:

  • 5 Labour & Delivery Rooms
  • 6 Post-Partum Beds
  • 3 Triage Beds
  • Quiet Room & Waiting Room for the comfort, privacy and inclusion of family members.

Location: Stratford General Hospital: East Building, Level 2

Contact Information:

519-272-8232 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 8232

Crystal Turner, Interim Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: crystal.turner@hpha.ca

Pediatrics

A unit for children with illnesses such as pneumonia, seizures, and dehydration. Short stay beds are provided for children after surgery.

We understand that having your baby or child in hospital can be a stressful time for you and your family members. Our staff will provide you with important information on how to best manage your child's stay.

Please note: For safety reasons, there will be no balloons of any type permitted on the Pediatric Unit.

Location: Stratford General Hospital: East Building, Level 2.

Contact Information:

519-272-8232 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 8232

Crystal Turner, Interim Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: crystal.turner@hpha.ca

Information about the COVID-19 Vaccination for Kids

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years the following sources of information are available from the Canadian Pediatric Society:

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Resources

To find information about suggested groups, forums and resources please visit the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network page by clicking here.

Resources and Services offered at HPHA to support bereaved parents and families

Books - A children's book explaining death so siblings can understand at their level. Generously funded by The Stratford General Hospital Foundation. 

Angel Gowns - Volunteers make infant sized gowns for still birth infants from used wedding gowns. 

Footprints - Parents have the option to have their infant's feet foot printed with colourful paint in the shape of a butterfly.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - A free volunteer based photography service. Photographs are touched up if necessary and mailed to the parents.

Resource books and pamphlets - The Pregnancy And Infant Loss (PAIL) Network (Sunnybrook Hospital) provides multiple resources for grieving parents to connect them with follow up and help post discharge. You can visit their website to learn more.

Social work follow-up and referrals - Offered to all patients experiencing a loss.

Sweater sets/Blankets - Volunteers provide knitted or crocheted sweaters/hats/booties and blankets for the infants. All different sizes to accommodate infants at different sizes of development.

Weighted Teddy Bears - Parents have the option to take a teddy home weighted to their infant's weight. Generously funded by The Stratford General Hospital Foundation.

Please note that the resources presented does not replace medical advice.  If you have medically related questions surrounding your loss or any feelings you may be experiencing, visit a health care provider or make an appointment with your family doctor if you have one.  He/she can help answer any questions you may have regarding your physical or mental health.

Special Care Nursery

Babies are admitted to the Special Care Nursery (SCN) because they need specialized medical and nursing care. Our SCN is a Level II, which means that we can provide specialized care for sick infants, but do not have the ability to provide all the care of a Level III Nursery.

Our first priority is the care and health of your family. We want to work with you to meet your baby’s needs and make sure your baby’s stay is as positive as possible. Please ask questions or discuss concerns with your baby’s nurse or doctor. If you are feeling overwhelmed, the Maternal Child staff are always available to support you and your family. You may also speak with other resources available to help you including our Social Worker, Public Health Nurse, your midwife or your spiritual advisor.

A Special Care Nursery Parent Handbook has been developed to provide you with more information. Please click here to read the handbook.

Location: Stratford General Hospital: East Building, Level 2.

Contact Information:

519-272-8210 ext. 2490 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 2490

Crystal Turner, Interim Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: crystal.turner@hpha.ca

Urgent Care - Child & Youth

Access urgent care without leaving home.  Online urgent care is available for residents of Southwestern Ontario -including Huron & Perth!

Appointment costs are fully covered with an Ontario health card.

Whenever possible your family doctor is your first point of access for care. A virtual urgent care appointment may be right for you if you or a loved one have a medical issue that is NOT life threatening, but requires urgent medical attention.

If you are in severe distress, call 911 and do not drive yourself to the hospital. If you’re having a medical emergency or your symptoms worsen while you’re waiting for a virtual appointment, visit your nearest emergency department.

Parents in need of urgent care for a child/youth

Connect with a children’s emergency department doctor through secure video chat by calling the toll-free number  during clinic hours or requesting a virtual appointment during off hours. Virtual children’s urgent care service is available for parents/families with a child with an urgent medical issue that’s NOT life threatening. Same-day appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. All appointment costs are covered with an Ontario health card. 

Visit UrgentCareOntario.ca for more information and/or to book an appointment. 

This service is a partnership of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Children's Hospital at LHSC and Hamilton Health Sciences.