Postpartum Care for Mothers and Newborns

Your care does not stop after giving birth. Our team will continue to care for you and your baby while you are with us in the hospital for the next 24 to 48 hours. This care includes newborn tests, as well as providing you with education on caring for baby.

Download our Postpartum Care Patient Information booklet


Rooming in

Your baby will stay with you in your room 24 hours a day. This provides continuity of breastfeeding support and maximizes the time that you can spend with your baby. Your nurse or midwife can assist you with your baby's care if needed.


Caring for your baby

While you are at the hospital, your nurse will teach you basic skills for caring for your baby. This includes:

  • Changing diapers;

  • Bathing;

  • Swaddling;

  • Putting your baby down to sleep; and

  • Feeding.

For mothers and families having their first baby, we will take the time you need to feel comfortable going home with your baby. If this is not your first baby, it always help to have a refresher.


Breastfeeding support

Your success at breastfeeding is very important to us. While you are still with us in the hospital, a nurse will come to see how your breastfeeding is going, and if you're baby has latched on well. If you are having any problems, the nurse will work with you on breastfeeding. We also offer classes that you may be able to join while you are still in the hospital. Otherwise, after you go home, you are still welcome to come to our breastfeeding group at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering, or the breastfeeding clinic at Rouge Valley Centenary. Learn more!


Newborn screening

In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provincial guidelines, a blood sample is collected from every newborn born at Rouge Valley and sent to the Provincial Newborn Screening Laboratory in Ottawa. These samples provide the lab with necessary specimens in order to screen each newborn for at least 28 different disorders.

Although most newborns appear healthy at birth, they may be at risk for serious health problems including developmental disabilities, recurrent sickness and even death if their disorder is not detected and treated. Early identification could save a newborn's life and is the key to effective treatment.


Infant hearing screening

Infant hearing screening is simple and quick test that will not hurt the baby in any way. The hearing screening test involves placing a small earphone in the baby‘s ear and playing soft sounds. The baby‘s response to the sound is recorded and results of the hearing screen are usually given right away. Often time‘s newborns sleep right through the test.

Infants may receive a Pass result, or a Refer result. Refer does not mean the infant has a hearing problem, only that he/she needs to be re-screened or sent to an audiologist for further screening. Mucous and/or debris in the ear canal from the birth process may have interfered with the screening result.

If you miss the screening in the hospital or your baby needs to be re-screened, there are several clinics that can provide this service for you. Please call one of the following to locate and book an appointment with a clinic in your region:

  • Toronto Public Heath:416-338-8255

  • Durham Infant Hearing Program: 905-728-1673

  • Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program: 1-800-304-6180 ext. 2341



Circumcisions for newborns are available at both sites. Speak to the health care team responsible for your baby’s care while in hospital to arrange a circumcision appointment. Please be aware that the hospital and physician’s fee must be paid at the time of the procedure.

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