Refreshed website supports new parents

The birth of a child is an exciting time. It is also a time when new parents seek information to help them through this life-changing experience.

The Osler community has the youngest population and highest birth rate in Ontario. We’ve planned our services at Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital with those facts in mind.

This year, we redesigned our website to include more helpful information for expectant mothers.

A series of videos focus on what expectant mothers need to know about preparing for their baby’s birth; what to expect during labour and delivery; and what happens in the hours/days right after the birth.

An FAQ section answers questions such as “Do I need to preregister with the hospital to have my baby?”, “Can I use a birthing ball to help me during my labour?” “Can my partner accompany me if I’m having a C-Section?”, “What if my baby has jaundice?”. There’s a section on relevant programs and services, and printable resources include a checklist for preparing for the birth; information on breastfeeding; what to expect during the first three months; a parent’s guide; and much more – all in several different languages.

New parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby often find that there is lots to learn and remember – especially if it’s their first child. At Osler, we encourage new parents to take an active role in their own care which contributes to a positive birth experience.