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Prenatal Unit - What to Expect During Your Stay in the Hospital

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Your room will be cleaned once a day.  Your bed linens will be changed once a week.  Please speak with your nurse if you have any concerns.
 We encourage all mothers to go for a walk after meals, especially if you are diabetic.


Bloodwork, if needed, is usually drawn in the early morning.  Urgent bloodwork and tests can be done at any time.  If your bloodwork needs to be drawn at a specific time, your nurse will let you know.  Please stay in your room until the lab comes to draw your blood.  

You may need regular Non Stress Tests (fetal monitor tracing).  This takes about 20-30 minutes.  It is best to do these after you have eaten breakfast.  Speak with your nurse to arrange a time that is convenient for both of you.   

Ultrasound times are scheduled by the ultrasound technician.  We do not always know when they are scheduled for.  Times may also change depending on how busy the rest of the delivery unit is.  You will be notified ahead of time if you need to fill your bladder.  

If you know you have a test scheduled for a certain day, please stay on the unit until it is finished or you have received a specific time.   

Doctor's rounds

There will either be a resident doctor or your attending doctor (or doctor covering) visiting you every day, or sometimes both. Please write down questions or concerns you have for your doctor and ask them at this time.  Residents typically round in the early
morning.  Attending doctors visit throughout the day, not at a set time. 

Nurse handover

Your nurses will perform shift handover at your bedside at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm every day.  We invite you to participate and ask questions during this time.  Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained.  

Private rooms on the prenatal unit 

You may be asked to share a room with one other woman.  We have only a few private rooms. We use these for mothers who are very sick, staying a long time, or have experienced the loss of her baby.  There is no charge for these rooms.   

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 |
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