Windsor Regional Hospital's Family Birthing Centre (FBC) provides a family-centered approach to your childbirth experience where you are invited to play an active part in your birthing experience. We are committed to providing the best care possible including healthcare education and a warm and nurturing environment.
Approximately 3800 births take place at Windsor Regional Hospital's FBC every year. The FBC is located on the 2nd Floor of the Met Campus and includes six labour, delivery, and recovery rooms (LDR) and thirty labour, delivery, recovery, and postpartum rooms (LDRP's) where you may labour, give birth, and remain in the same room until you are ready to go home.
The unit also includes two fully equipped operating rooms which are available for high-risk births and/or C-sections.
Maternal Newborn Programs and Services:
Our health care team is made up of registered nurses, obstetricians, anesthesiologists, midwives, unit aides, unit clerks as well as all the professionals from support departments. We are a teaching institution affiliated with the Schulich School of Medicine, University of Windsor, St. Clair College and other educational institutions; therefore, we provide learning opportunities and hands-on experience to a wide variety of students.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
The information in this section will help you prepare for your visit to the Family Birthing Centre. If you have any questions while you are here, please ask. We’re here to help!
|Women in labour are allowed 2 visitors at a time. The visitors may rotate with visitors in the waiting room. Children under 14 are not allowed in the labour room.
Recognizing the support that siblings can play, two children can accompany one adult caregiver in the post-partum department after a Mom has delivered her baby or babies.
More information on visiting hours and guidelines is available on our Patient & Visitor Information Page.
|We regularly receive questions regarding the availability of private rooms (one patient room) or semi-private rooms (two patients in a room) at the Metropolitan site of Windsor Regional Hospital. Currently, only 31% of our patient rooms at the Metropolitan campus are private rooms. 69% are semi-private or ward.
We do our best to ensure that if you want a private or semi-private room that we try to accommodate that request. However, due to infection isolation requirements of particular patients, for example, the available number of private and semi-private rooms is very restricted.
However, if you register at admitting for a private or semi-private room we will do our best to accommodate your request during your stay once a private or semi-private room becomes available. At that time you will be asked for a valid credit card to reserve your choice. Your credit card will not be charged if we are able to verify that you have third-party insurance that will cover your stay in a private or semi-private room.
Also, if for some reason you have not asked for a private or semi-private room but you are placed in one, you could be moved during your stay to a ward room, once they become available, to accommodate the requests of those that want a private or semi-private room.
For example, on Family Birthing, we have 1 ward room that can accommodate 3 patients, 5 semi-private rooms, 28 private rooms and 14 rooms that are flexible to accommodate private or semi-private.
If you do not ask for a private room in Family Birthing but receive a private room please be advised, just like anywhere else in the hospital, you could be required to move to a semi-private or ward room in order to accommodate the requests of other patients. We accommodate those that register for private rooms in order of time the request is received. If you are asked to move from a private room that you have not registered for, you can register for a private room at that time but you will be taken in the sequential order of your request. A valid credit card will be requested prior to the move being made.
As a result, if you wish to have a greater chance to have a private room throughout your stay at Windsor Regional Hospital, please register for one at admission.
Windsor Regional Hospital promotes and supports breastfeeding as the optimal choice for infant feeding. It is important to put newborns skin-to-skin with their mothers as soon as possible after birth to promote good latching and breastfeeding success. Nurses in the family birthing centre will assist mothers and their newborns with the initiation of feeding. Lactation consultants are also available to assist with breastfeeding as needed.
The links below offer additional information for mothers who are breastfeeding:
Information about Medicines and Illnesses when Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Registered Nurses available to answer your questions, 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Windsor/Essex County Health Unit
Breastfeeding Helpline: (519) 258-2146, Ext. 1350
Breastfeeding Clinics: (519) 258-2146, Ext. 1350 (call for times and locations)
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes: (519) 258-2146, Ext. 1340
La Leche League Canada
This site contains important information about medicines and illnesses when pregnant or breastfeeding
Toll-free helpline: 1-800-436-8477
Registered Nurses available to answer your questions, 24 hours a day/7 days a week
|Channel 77 is a free patient education channel which plays a variety of videos on demand regarding “caring for one’s baby” 24 hours per day. To assist you and your family with the transition to parenthood, our nursing staff provides one-to-one teaching plus you have access to free in-hospital learning programming via your bedside television.
|Infant Hearing Screening is provided in the hospital before you go home or in the Maternal-Newborn Follow-up Clinic according to the Ontario Infant Hearing Program.
|Quitting smoking is one of the best things to do for you and your new baby. Programs are available to assist you upon admission to hospital. If you are interested in quitting right now, visit the Smoker’s Helpline online or contact them at 1-877-513-5333. (Please hyperlink to “Smoker’s Helpline online” http://www.smokershelpline.ca.
|It is important for your baby to remain “skin to skin” on your chest or partner’s chest for the baby’s transition to the new environment after his or her birth. This is promoted following delivery and throughout your stay. This promotes bonding, healing and provides an opportunity for frequent breastfeeding.
|Although circumcision is no longer viewed as medically necessary, many families choose to have their newborn male circumcised for religious or personal reasons. If you are interested in arranging for a circumcision, ask your physician prior to coming to the hospital to help you arrange this procedure. Circumcisions are done either while you are in the hospital or as an outpatient procedure. This procedure is no longer covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and there is a fee for both the hospital and physician. Proof of payment is required before the procedure.
|Windsor Regional Hospital’s Family Birthing Centre is pleased to be participating in an initiative called "The Period of Purple Crying" a new way to understand your baby’s crying. The Period of PURPLE Crying® provides educational information about why babies cry and gives appropriate action steps that you need to know.
The letters in the word PURPLE describe the properties of normal infant crying:
Some things you can do to help soothe your baby:
- P for Peak of Crying - Crying peaks at around 2 months, then decreases at around 3 to 5 months;
- U for Unexpected - Crying comes and goes unexpectedly, for no apparent reason;
- R for Resists Soothing - Crying continues despite all soothing efforts by caregivers;
- P for Pain-like Face - Infants look like they are in pain, even when they are not;
- L for Long Lasting - Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more;
- E for Evening - Crying occurs more in the late afternoon and evening.
- Carry, comfort, walk and talk with your baby. This encourages you to increase contact with your baby, reduce some of the fussing and attend to your baby's needs.
- If the crying is too upsetting, after you have put your baby in a safe place, it is okay to walk away. You can take a few minutes to calm down and then go back and check on your baby again.
- Never shake or hurt a baby.
Period of Purple Crying video.
|Camera and videotaping equipment cannot be used during the active process of childbirth. You are welcome to take pictures before and after this time.
Peer-Led Support services for families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or the death of a baby. Education services provided to health care professionals and the general public.
Toll-Free: 888-303-PAIL (7245)
|Please bring a CMVSS (Canadian approved) infant car seat to the hospital to take your new baby home the day of discharge. Your discharging nurse will review the proper placement of your new baby in the infant car seat. Please ensure you have properly secured the base in the rear-facing position in the vehicle where the baby will travel home following discharge prior to coming to the hospital.
Watch for car seat safety clinics in the local newspaper. Certified inspectors will assist with car seat installation. Clinics are offered FREE of charge. For more details contact (519) 258-2146 x1350.
For more information visit the Government of Canada’s Guide to Buying a Car or Booster Seat.
|Windsor Regional Hospital celebrates each new birth by playing 30 seconds of Brahms' Lullaby over the hospital's public address system from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. It will serve as a reminder to all that the miracle of birth happens everyday in our facility.
|What To Bring For Mom:
What To Bring For Your Baby:
- health insurance card
- private health insurance documentation, if applicable (such as for a private room).
- copy of your birth plan.
- cord blood collection kit, if you plan to store your baby's cord blood.
- clothing to wear home (items that fit you in the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy)
- personal hygiene products
- maxi pads/maternity pads
- breast pads
- package of diapers
- 4-6 receiving blankets (used to support the baby in the car seat)
- several sleepers
- hat (bonnet)
- socks or booties
- CMVSS approved car seat (with instruction booklet)
- appropriate baby clothes for discharge
|The length of your stay depends on how you and your baby are feeling. Mothers giving birth vaginally usually stay in hospital 24 hours after your baby is born. Mothers giving birth by Caesarean are generally in hospital 48 hours after your baby is born. Early discharge may be discussed with your doctor or midwife.
Maternal Newborn Program
Windsor Regional Hospital
1995 Lens Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N8W 1L9
519-254-5577, ext. 55223
519-254-5577, ext. 59227