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

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) top priority is keeping our patients, families, caregivers and staff safe during these challenging times. It is important for the hospital to maintain the practice of physical distancing and limiting the traffic going in and out of the premises.

Therefore, the Maternal Child Unit has adjusted our family and caregiver presence guidelines for the unit:
  • All patients, family members or caregivers must wear a procedure mask in the presence of hospital staff both in the patient room and in the hallway when physical distance cannot be achieved.
  • Each laboring mom may have one support person during labor. The support person is encouraged to remain with the patient during their stay. 
  • If the support person leaves the unit, they may not be permitted to return to the unit until time of discharge – this will be reviewed on case-by-case basis. 
  • HPHA Sites are smoke/vape free. Support person will not be permitted to come in and out for smoking/vaping purposes.
  • For Special Care Nursery patients, 2 family members or caregivers will be supported, however to maintain physical distancing only one person will be permitted at a time with the baby. There is a room available for the other family members/caregiver to wait. 
  • For pediatric patients, 2 family members or caregivers will be supported to stay with the patient in the patient’s room.  
  • If you are staying with a patient, we ask that you stay within the designated patient room. Meals will be provided for you, free of charge. There is also access to a vending machine immediately outside of the department.
  • Please note family members or caregivers must be 16 years of age or older.

Summary of Guidelines

 Labour & Delivery

  •  Reason for Visit:
    • C-section
    • Presenting in labour
    • Induction with plans to be admitted
  • Number of support people: 1 
Outpatient Visits
  •  Reason for Visit:
    • Breastfeeding Clinic
    • Pediatric Outpatient Procedures
    • Bilirubin and Weight Checks
    • Rhogam Injection
    • Pre-Admit Appointment
  • Number of support people: 
    •  No support person for adult patients unless special circumstances (Example: Patient has essential caregiver and would be at risk if alone).
    • 1 support person for a child or infant

Pediatrics

  • Reason for Visit: Child admitted to Pediatric Unit
  • Number of support people: 2
    • Parents encouraged to stay entire visit
    • One parent may choose to go home at night 

Special Care Nursery

  • Reason for Visit:  Baby admitted to Special Care Nursery
  • Number of support people: 2
    • Parents encouraged to stay entire visit
    • One or both parents may choose to go home at night
Triage
  •  Reason for Visit:
    • Non-stress test (NST)
    • Induction of Labour
    • Antenatal Appointment
  • Number of support people: No support person, unless the patient is being admitted.  If patient is unsure of admission, please call the unit to confirm. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please feel free to reach out to the Kerri Hannon, Manager Maternal Child, if you have any questions.

Kerri Hannon
Manager, Maternal Child and Scheduling Department
Office: 519-272-8210 Ext. 2323 or Cell 519-274-0423
Email : kerri.hannon@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: West Building, Level 1

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 response to the COVID-19 pandemic our breastfeeding clinic will be by referral only until further notice. If you experience breastfeeding concerns see your family doctor. for assessment.

Lactation Consultants are available for support by phone Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Breastfeeding Information and Supports

To learn more about breastfeeding and the supports available in Huron and Perth Counties, Counties, please visit Huron Perth Public Health's website by clicking here.

Cannabis, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

To learn more about cannabis, pregnancy and breastfeeding, please visit The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s website by clicking here.

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

Kerri Hannon, Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: kerri.hannon@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

Kerri Hannon, Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: kerri.hannon@hpha.ca

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.

Prenatal Tour

A prenatal tour of the Maternal Child Unit is offered once a month.  The tour takes place on the third Saturday of each month.

To register for a tour:

Please call 519-272-8210 ext. 8232 or Toll-Free 1-888-275-1102 ext. 8232

Prenatal classes are offered by Huron Perth Public Health.  Please click here to visit their website.

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

Kerri Hannon, Manager Maternal Child

Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2323 | Email: kerri.hannon@hpha.ca