The Family Care Clinic offers a wide range of services for mothers and babies after they are discharged from the Family Maternity Centre or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). All mothers are given an appointment to return with their babies within three days of leaving the hospital.
A nursing assessment, as well as a paediatrician assessment, is completed on each infant to monitor hydration, nutrition, weight gain, jaundice and overall health status. If needed, an infant can be re-admitted to the Paediatric unit for more specific care. Follow-up care is also provided for the mother by an obstetrician, if required.
The clinic is staffed by nurses responsible for the assessments as well as other health care professionals who provide support in areas such as counselling, exercise, breastfeeding and nutrition.
If necessary, referrals or recommendations are made for a social worker, to the Breastfeeding Clinic, homecare, and/or support from Toronto Public Health.