Having a Baby at The Ottawa Hospital

Hello and welcome to The Ottawa Hospital.
In this video, we’ll walk you through our birthing units
found at the General Campus on Smyth Road and the Civic Campus on Carling Avenue
and help prepare you for your big day. Before your due date, you should come
into Admitting to complete your registration forms. You will also be asked to consider
signing a consent form agreeing to be contacted for future
research projects. You should also start planning for your
drive home with your new baby by ensuring you have a car seat at the
time of discharge. While here, you may want to consider
participating in the Public Cord Blood Bank. Please speak to your physician or midwife prior to birth for
information or to request a package. When you arrive at the hospital, unless
you have been advised otherwise, you should make your way directly to the Birthing Unit Triage area. At the Civic Campus, you’ll go to the end of the hall closest to Melrose Avenue and take the ‘D’
elevators up to the 4th floor. At the General
Campus you’ll need to take the elevators up to the
8th floor and follow the signs for the Birthing Unit. Don’t forget to bring your health card,
insurance information and your hospital green card if you have
one. You’ll need to provide these to the clerk. Once you’ve checked in, a nurse will
bring you to an assessment room where you’ll be seen by a physician and a nurse to determine if you are ready to be admitted to the hospital or not. While you’re in the Birthing Unit, your family members can wait in the waiting room nearby. You will go through labour and give birth
to your baby in a birthing room and recover there for
roughly one to two hours afterwards. Your nurse will then transfer you to the
Mother-Baby Unit where you’ll stay until you’re given the all-clear to go home. All of our birthing rooms have a shower, and some have a tub with jets to help
manage your pain during labour. These tubs are not for water births. There are a variety of other pain relief methods we also offer. Please speak to your care provider to learn more about options to meet your needs. If you’re having a c-section you will be giving birth in an operating room
within the unit. You will then be transferred to Post
Anesthetic Care for recovery for about 1 to 2 hours. Then
transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit. We’ll do our best to give you the type or room you’d like, private, semi-private or ward. However this is based on your insurance
coverage and bed availability at the time of your baby’s birth. Both General and Civic campuses can
accommodate mothers with accesibility needs. We also offer a kitchen in our Mother-Baby
Unit. Where you can prepare the snacks or food that you have brought in with you to the hospital. Don’t forget to let your family know
that they have to stay within the unit if they’re carrying your baby. Each baby is
given an electronic security bracelet that will trigger an alarm if they go
beyond the stop signs. For those who need it, we have the Rich Little Special Care
Nursery at the Civic Campus for twins born greater than 32
weeks and single babies born greater than 30 weeks. At the General Campus we have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, commonly known as the NICU, for babies
of any gestation requiring specialized care. Parents are
welcome to spend as much time as they like in the family room. Washing your hands
before and after entering the NICU is extremely important for the safety of
all of our patients and visitors. We hope you have found this video useful. For more information on having your baby
at The Ottawa Hospital, please visit our website.

3 thoughts on “Having a Baby at The Ottawa Hospital

  1. Post delivery is great because the nurses are so nice. During delivery back in 2010, not so much! The nurse I dealt with was a witch on a broom….young and stuck up with a fake smile plastered on her face. I regret that her hands touched my baby, I was stuck with her because she failed to call doctors or nurses. They all appeared after I delivered the baby. When I had the urge to push because my baby's head was crowning, she had no gloves and barked at me not to push yet because she didn't have her gloves on. Absolutely ruined my entire birthing experience. I suggest to any mother who is expecting, just have your baby at home. Do NOT expect the nurses at labour and delivery to treat you with kindness and professionalism. The one I dealt with was pure evil and I am not the first to complain. Dr. Kitts do a better job!

  2. I love the general hospital. I lost my baby at 19 weeks on feb 1 2018. The nurses and doctors were all amazing, they cared for me as if I was a family member. I never felt so much compassion in my life from a hospital. This is my second pregnancy, I am delivering at the general on March 2019 more then happy to deliver there.

    Admitted – Jan 31 – transferred from QCH
    Transferred to delivery room.
    Delivered – Feb 1

    They took care of my baby girl with so much respect.

  3. s il vous ples coment je peut communique avec les personnels des service ophtalmologie pour greffe de la cornee

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