Preparing for Your Hospital Stay
Click here to download A Baby’s Coming: Information to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.
What You Should Bring
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- sanitary pads (approx. 2 doz.)
- not liners or thongs
- warm socks
- powder, oil or lotion for massage
- lip balm
- music player (i.e. iPod, CD player)
- favourite juice
- own pillow,with coloured pillow case
- gum, hard candy
- phone list
- camera (and film if needed)
- change for vending machine
- long distance calling card
- personal focal point
- snacks for support person
- paper and pencil
If breast feeding, bring a nursing bra. If not breast feeding, bring a firm fitting bra.
If you bring a breast pump with you, remember to bring all of the pump parts and attachments. Some attachments can be purchased at the Hospital.
Other items for sale include disposable underwear and peri bottles for cleansing following delivery, breast pump equipment, breastfeeding pillows and washable breast pads.
Balloons and Latex Products Not Allowed
For the protection of patients, staff and visitors who may have a latex allergy/sensitivity, we ask that you do not bring latex products into the hospital.
Although we work hard to provide a secure environment, the Hospital cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen valuables. Therefore, please leave all valuables such as jewellery, watches, and large sums of money at home.
Midwives with privileges at Southlake belong to one of two Practice Groups:
Caring Hands Midwifery Services
Stevenson Memorial Hospital
200 Fletcher Crescent
P.O. Box 4000
Midwives of York Region
372 Hollandview Trail
Aurora, Ontario L4G 0A5
Southlake is dedicated to accommodating the requests of women who are in labour; however, this service can only be provided to those women who have arranged for care by a midwife and are already under their care at the time of labour.
Cord Blood Program
Southlake supports patients who wish to participate in a Cord Blood Program. These programs offer parents the opportunity to retrieve and store stem cells for possible future use.
Umbilical Cord Source of Stem Cells
In a newborn's umbilical cord, a high concentration of stem cells are contained within cord blood. Stem cells are the basic units in bone marrow responsible for producing all blood cells: red cells to carry oxygen, white cells to fight infection and platelets to help the blood clot. Immediately after the birth, the blood is collected from the portion of the cord that remains with the placenta with no pain or risk to the baby.
How Stem Cells are Used
Stem cells can be used in patients requiring bone marrow transplants; for fighting diseases such as leukemia, malignant lymphoma or neuroblastoma. The stem cells from cord blood may also provide a better match for siblings or parents of the newborn than an unrelated adult donor match.
The choice to bank stem cells is made well in advance of labour. If you are interested in the Program, we encourage you to speak with your doctor or midwife. The Hospital fee for cord blood collection is $75.00.
Cord Blood Programs
Cells for Life
Markham Stouffville Health Centre
Tel.: 905- 472-0060
Website: Cells for Life
Insception Biosciences (formerly known as The Toronto Cord Blood Programme)
1620 Tech Ave, Unit #1
Tel.: 1-866-606-2790 (Toll Free)
Website: Insception Biosciences
Tel.: 1-888-888-7836 (Toll Free)
For information on resources available to you during your hospital visit or stay (e.g. parking, what to bring, discharge times, and other helpful information) click on Patient Amenities