St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Women’s and Infants’ Program is pleased to announce the launch of a new and exciting online virtual tour of the Birthing, Special Care Nursery and Mother and Baby Units. This virtual experience will introduce families to the Women’s and Infants’ Program as well as introducing them to the dedicated staff who will care for them during their time in the hospital. To view the video, visit our website at www.stjoes.ca and click on the button titled ‘Having Your Baby At St. Joe’s’.

“Having a healthy baby is the plan of every parent on the verge of giving birth,” says Jackie Barrett, director, Women’s and Infants’ Program. “Expectant mothers and their partners await the baby’s arrival with both anxiety and excitement. We hope this virtual tour will help ease any worry or confusion of what to expect while also helping patients to prepare for their arrival to the hospital”.

The 10 minute educational and informational video is a first for the Women’s and Infants’ Program. This will be part of and is the first element of an information package that will include focused videos on such topics as breastfeeding and labour support, as well as written materials and a telephone information line.

St. Joseph’s Women’s and Infants’ Program is a collaborative practice involving midwives, family doctors, and obstetricians, and also works closely with the City of Hamilton Public Health staff who visit patients both on the unit and at home.

About the Women’s and Infants’ Program

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Women’s and Infants’ Program delivers nearly 3,400 babies a year, 53% of all babies born in Hamilton. In 2003, St. Joseph’s Healthcare achieved its Baby-Friendly Designation, making it the second hospital in Canada and the first in Ontario. St. Joseph’s achieved re-designation in 2010 making us one of three Baby-Friendly designed hospitals in Ontario.  Baby-Friendly is a designation of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and is administered by the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada.  The Baby-Friendly Initiative provides ten evidence-based steps to optimally support maternal-child health for all mothers and babies.

About St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

For over 122 years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has been caring for patients and their families. An acute care, teaching and research hospital with three sites, St. Joseph’s Healthcare is affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College. The hospital is the regional lead for mental health and addiction services serving a collective population of almost two million people. For more information, visit www.stjoes.ca.

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