Caring for women & their families during admission
The Antepartum unit has 13 inpatient beds for close monitoring of high risk pregnancies. Under the supervision of the Maternal-fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists, an inter-professional approach is provided for medical complications of pregnancy. Consultations are made as needed with medical specialties, such as internal medicine, psychiatry, or hematology, and with allied health professionals, such as nutrition, social work and lactation consultants.
Offering 10 birthing suites, 4 triage beds, and an operating room, the Birthing Center is the core of obstetrics. Each suite is well equipped to accommodate both patients’ comfort and privacy as well as evidence based obstetrics and patients safety. The birthing center offers 24/7 coverage by both staff onsite as well as MFM specialist coverage.
In 2009 the MUHC was the first tertiary centre in Quebec to start the MOREob (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) program - a comprehensive, three-year, patient safety, professional development, and quality assurance program for caregivers and administrators, focused on birthing centres across Canada.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neonatology is a division of the McGill Department of Pediatrics, which is based at the Montreal Children's Hospital, however, the NICU at the MUHC-RVH has strong clinical and administrative ties with the Women's Health Mission and McGill's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Nursing and others.
The NICU provides intensive care to premature and term infants with medical and surgical disorders. Care involves a mulitdisciplinary team of neonatologists, pediatricians, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and lactation consultants, in collaboration with obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, and other specialists.
The Maternity Care 32-bed unit provides care for mothers and their healthy newborns, who usually room-in. Partners are welcome to stay and offer support to new mothers. Families receive basic newborn care information. Breastfeeding is encouraged and Lactation Consultants are available.
The usual length of stay is 24-36 hours after a normal vaginal delivery and 72-96 hours after a caesarean section, although individual factors may influence this. The Pediatric Group of physicians provides care to all newborns, approves their discharge/readmission and involve the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when necessary. Close communication with the CLSC’s ensures a smooth transition home.
The gynecological unit includes 17 in-patient beds for our clientele who require tertiary level gynecology and gynecologic-oncology services. The unit also has a section dedicated for ambulatory services for the patients receiving chemotherapy. An interdisciplinary approach is provided for our patients requiring surgical care, complications in early pregnancy, and cancer related treatment and complications. Chemotherapy is administered in both areas: in-patients and out-patients.
A Nurse Pivot and a Clinical Nurse Specialist are also working closely with our in-patient and out-patient oncology clientele.