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Mother and Baby Unit

On the Mother and Baby Unit, your room will be booked according to the availability of the accommodation you requested when you registered on admission to the hospital.
 
Accommodation 

Your room on the Mother and Baby Unit will be booked according to the availability of the accommodation you requested when you registered on admission to the hospital. If you have decided to change your request, let your labour nurse know. All room requests are based on availability. If your requested room is not available when you arrive on the Mother and Baby Unit, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be offered another room when one becomes available. Someone who will support and help the new mother is welcome to stay overnight, however sleeping accommodations for guests are only available in private rooms.

Please take some time in advance to think about how family presence in the hospital will work best for you and share your wishes with your nurse so that we may support you to meet your needs.

Family presence

Through consultation with our Patient and Family Advisors, we have found that individual preferences are quite varied regarding family presence during the postpartum hospital stay. Some new parents prefer to have set hours designated to spend with family so that they will have time to prepare themselves for their visitors. Some parents prefer to have their family and friends choose when it is convenient for them to be with their loved ones in the hospital. Please take some time in advance to think about how family presence in the hospital will work best for you and share your wishes with your nurse so that we may support you to meet your needs.

Meals
 
The hospital provides three meals a day using the "Steamplicity" system. Dietary staff will give you the opportunity to make your own meal choices from their nutritious and varied menu. The meals are prepared in a kitchen centre right on the Mother and Baby Unit using a special microwave. This process ensures you receive a hot, delicious meal of your choice.
During you stay on the Mother and Baby Unit, dietary staff will give you the opportunity to make your own meal choices from their nutritious and varied menu.

Birth registration and child benefits

All births are registered online. You will receive a card with the web address. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call the phone number on the card to find out where the closest birth registration centre is located. Births must be registered within 30 days. You can apply for a birth certificate and a social insurance number at the same time you register your baby's birth. You will receive a form to apply for the Ontario child benefit and the Canada child benefit. Please send the completed form in the envelope provided.
 

Use the 4 in 1 bundle to:

  • Register your newborn
  • Get a birth certificate
  • Apply for a social insurance number (SIN), and
  • Sign up for Canada child benefits (including Ontario child benefits)

OHIP application

All moms with a valid OHIP number will receive an application form for an OHIP number for their baby. The last name on the application form will be the same name as the mother used to register at the hospital. If you wish to use dad's last name, just put a line through the name on the form and fill in the last name you are going to use.
You have 30 days to decide on a name for your baby.
It is very important to make sure that the name you put on the OHIP application is the exact same name you use when you register the baby's birth. If you have not decided on the baby's name, complete the OHIP form and leave the name part blank. You will receive the bottom portion of the form which has the baby's temporary health card number. There is also a phone number on the back that you can call to request a form to notify OHIP of your baby's name. Once OHIP has the baby's full name, they will give you a permanent OHIP number and a plastic OHIP card for the baby.

It is very important to complete this form before you leave the hospital. The form has a number on it that is recorded, so it is very important to make sure that the form is not misplaced or lost.