Niagara Region Public Health (NRPH) has partnered with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) to provide more seamless care for expectant parents. NRPH is now offering nurse-led clinics for families who plan to deliver their babies at WLMH.
“We are thrilled to partner with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital to provide patients who are delivering at that site the opportunity to meet with a public health nurse before they have their babies,” says from Amanda Hicks, manager of Healthy Babies Healthy Children Family Health at NRPH. “West Lincoln Memorial Hospital has a reputation for providing high quality maternity care, and we hope this clinic is seen as an extension of that.”
“Having a baby is an experience that requires support both in the hospital and at home.”
The clinic is staffed by public health nurses offering brief, one-on-one appointments. Patients can book time to talk about how they plan to feed their baby, ask questions about how to keep their new baby safe, and learn about free programs available to them in their community.
“Having a baby is an experience that requires support both in the hospital and at home,” says Kelly Gardner, clinical leader for obstetrics at WLMH. “The opportunity to meet the public health nurse in the hospital prior to having their baby gives families valuable information they will need when they go home. Patients who have their babies at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital will have the opportunity to start this supportive relationship before having their baby, and continue it through their hospital stay and transition home.”
Anyone who is pregnant and planning to deliver at WLMH can talk to their primary health care provider about booking an appointment or visit niagararegion.ca/health for more information.