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Giving Birth

Birth and parenting occur with greater ease, comfort and health when women and their supporters enter into their new roles with increased knowledge.
 
 
Giving Birth is the first of four sections that will appear under our Pregnancy and Birth Guide in the coming months.
 
Wash your hands

Wash your hands
: Performing hand hygiene (e.g. washing one's hands with soap and water or using an alcohol hand rub) is the most important method of preventing the spread of infection in the hospital. This is why you will see all the staff washing their hands before and after caring for their patients. We encourage patients, families and visitors to also wash their hands frequently. Read a booklet on patient and family hand hygiene. Download: Booklet on patient and family hand hygiene
 
 
 
 

Get a flu shot
Get a flu shot: Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant. Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. Pregnant women who get the flu are at higher risk of hospitalization, and even death than non-pregnant women. Severe illness in the pregnant mother can also be dangerous to her fetus. When you get your flu shot, your body starts to make antibodies that help protect you and your baby against the flu. Antibodies can be passed on to your unborn baby, and help protect the baby for up to 6 months after he or she is born. Prevention is better than a cure — get your shot today! Read a flyer on getting the flu shot when pregnant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Download: Flyer on getting the flu shot
 
Thank a staff member
Say Thanks: From the best medical treatments to the little things that make a difference, our staff go the extra mile to provide exceptional care. You can now acknowledge the meaningful experience you and your family had at North York General Hospital by making a donation in honour of your doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, volunteers and support staff. When you do, they will receive a unique pin and a card with your personal message of thanks. Your gift will help to ensure that our hospital can continue to provide our patients with the best care today, and drive the health innovations of tomorrow. Visit the North York General Foundation website.
 
You can also contact the Patient Experience Office to provide feedback about your experience at NYGH.
 
 
 
NOTE
Please do not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional health care provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, consult your health care provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.