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Obstetrics inpatient services are provided for pregnant women who need to be admitted to the hospital prior to giving birth and for mothers and babies after delivery.  
Services are provided at four sites within Eastern Health: 
Eastern Health promotes a patient-and family-centred approach to care, which is facilitated by rooming-in. Rooming-in is the practice of keeping mothers and healthy newborns together, 24 hours a day, in a system of combined mother-infant care for the duration of the hospital stay.  
Rooming-in has many benefits for both mom and newborn; it promotes bonding between you and your baby; helps you learn your baby’s hunger cues more quickly; and provides comfort to both you and the baby.
Caring for Your Baby
Having a baby is an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming. Our staff are here to support you and help you learn what you need to know to care for your newborn. A lactation consultant or nurse will assist you with breastfeeding and our nurses will teach new parents how to bathe their newborn.
Always Wash Your Hands Before Handling Your Baby!
Special care should be paid to hand washing as this is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 10 seconds and dry thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand rub, applying it to the palm of one hand and rubbing all over and in between fingers until hands feel dry. 
Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding Support
Eastern Health is committed to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. For information about and a schedule of drop-in breastfeeding support groups, see Breastfeeding Support.
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Designated Support Person
A new mom needs as much help and reassurance as possible in the early days following a birth. For this reason, and to help every new family to get to know their newborn, we welcome the presence of a designated support person who will stay with mom and assist her in hospital after delivery.
The support person (often the partner, husband, or another close family member or friend) is needed to provide physical and emotional support to the mother, as well as to assist in the care of the newborn. The designated support person is not considered a visitor. He/she may be present at any time.
Visiting the Obstetrics Unit
Our visiting policies have been developed with the mother and baby’s safety and wellbeing in mind. Mom and baby need time to rest.
  • The father or designated support person may be present at any time.
  • During designated visiting hours, only two visitors are permitted at one time.
  • The only children permitted to visit are brothers and sisters of the newborn. Siblings must remain in mom’s room and be supervised by an adult other than mom at all times. Children’s immunizations must be up-to-date before visiting.
Visiting hours and procedures vary by site. Please check with the facility for details.
For the safety of our patients and newborns, any visitor who has been in contact with or who has symptoms of any infectious disease, including a cold, flu, vomiting or diarrhea, chicken pox, or any other childhood disease are not permitted to visit.
Birth Registration 
New families receive a package of materials with all forms necessary for registering their newborn, applying for a birth certificate, social insurance number and child benefits.
Discharge from Hospital with your Newborn
Your discharge planning team includes you, your family, and your doctor. It may also include nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and community health liaison nurses. 
The team can help with issues such as:
  • nursing home support;
  • access to physiotherapy, social work or other services; 
  • assistance with arranging breast pumps, accommodations, transportation; and 
  • community supports such as breastfeeding clinics, Healthy Baby Club and Meals on Wheels. 
Contact us
Health Sciences Centre, 5 North B
St. John’s, NL
Telephone: (709) 777-7429
Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre
Burin, NL
Telephone: (709) 891-3420
Carbonear General Hospital
Carbonear, NL
Telephone: (709) 945-5164
Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital
Clarenville, NL
Telephone: (709) 466-5288


Updated Apr 8, 2015