This week’s guest blogger is Joanne Flewwelling, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive
If you ask a mother what it’s like to have a baby, she will likely tell you that it’s unlike anything she’s ever experienced. It’s a time filled with joy, amazement and anxiety about caring for a brand new life. I remember feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness when I was expecting my own children.
There is so much for expectant moms to think about as they prepare for their journey toward parenthood, which is why we’ve created two videos to help new moms and their families know what to expect when they come to our hospitals.
These helpful online tours of Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General enable families to see our labour and delivery unit as well as be introduced to some of the dedicated members of staff and physicians who work on our units. Get a preview of our services, including:
- Comfortable suites where mothers will give birth;
- The postpartum area where they will spend time with their little one before going home; and,
- Osler’s neonatal intensive care unit where babies who require special care might need to stay.
Osler serves a community with the youngest population and highest birth rate in Ontario. Our Labour and Delivery Program is one of the largest in the Greater Toronto Area, with nearly 7,500 babies being delivered each year. Making sure that our patients and their families have convenient access to the information they need about our hospitals is an important part of the care we provide.
We have also partnered with Peel Public Health to provide new and expectant mothers who plan to have their babies at Osler hospitals, access to a free online education program that helps women and their families prepare for labour, childbirth and caring for a new baby.
At Osler, our smallest patients have the unique opportunity to help save lives as new moms are able to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood at Brampton Civic for stem cell treatments. Last month, Canadian Blood Services held a special event at Brampton Civic to recognize Osler’s work in serving as a cord blood collection site and celebrate the official implementation of the National Public Cord Blood Bank.
In 2014, Osler began collecting umbilical cord blood that will be available to help treat patients requiring stem cell transplants in Canada and around the world. As one of only five hospitals – and the only community hospital – chosen as a collection site, we’ve collected nearly 1,000 cord blood donations in the last year!
These enhancements to our Labour and Delivery Program are helping Osler provide patient-inspired health care without boundaries.