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Infant Health and Care

You and your baby will be cared for by many members of your health care team using something called a “care path”. A care path accurately records all care provided to you and your baby from the time of birth to when you go home. After you give birth, your health care team will work together with you and your baby to help determine when you are ready to go home – this means when you are able to care for both yourself and your baby. 

In many cases, you and your baby will be ready to go home safely in one day (if you’ve had a vaginal delivery) or within two days (if you’ve had a cesarean section) of giving birth. Before you leave the IWK, you may have a pre-discharge consultation with a public health nurse, who will provide follow-up care and support (including breastfeeding support) for postpartum patients. The nurse will check both you and your baby, answering any questions or concerns you may have. Your community healthcare provider, midwife and public health nurse are available for continued support and guidance in the day and weeks to follow. 

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