The Maternity Centre of Hamilton has Family Physicians who provide prenatal, labour and delivery care and postnatal care to low to moderate risk pregnancies. A Maternity Centre physician is on call around the clock, all year.
The Nurse Practitioners at the Maternity centre works in partnership with the family physicians in providing pre-conception counseling, pregnancy screening, prenatal and postnatal care for patients. Click the following link for further information regarding the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners.
Our Nurse Practitioners can provide the following services:
- Prenatal care
- Postnatal care
- Newborn care to 6 weeks
- Assist patients in finding a primary health care provider for themselves and their newborn
- Referral to support services with the Maternity Centre: social worker and dietician
- Referral to community based services
The Maternity Centre Social Worker is available to provide education, support and counseling to pregnant women and their families. The Social Worker helps women and their families with a variety of social and emotional issues that may emerge during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
These issues may include:
- Financial concerns and assistance accessing housing
- Relationship difficulties
- Worries, concerns or depression
- Difficulties with drugs and alcohol
- Preparing to become a parent
- Assistance accessing community resources and supports
For families who experience pregnancy loss or newborn death the Social Worker can offer grief counseling. The Maternity Centre Social Worker is also able to provide counselling support to women who are considering termination or adoption placement.
The Maternity Centre Lactation Consultant is available to assist pregnant women and women up to 6-weeks postpartum, with education and assistance with breast feeding. Women can arrange an appointment during pregnancy with a lactation consultant to become better prepared for breast feeding.
Some of the common reasons for referral to the lactation consultant include:
- Education about breast feeding
- Counseling regarding common misconceptions/anxiety about breast feeding
- Difficulty with latch
- Not enough milk/poor baby weight gain
- How to use supportive breast feeding equipment