Improving Maternal And Newborn Care For Brant-Area Families
McGuinty Government Supporting Renewal Of Birthing Centre
Ontario is improving healthcare for families in the Brant-area by providing expectant moms better access to state-of-the-art birthing facilities, closer to home.
The new, renovated Maternal Care and Constant Care Nursery Program space at Brantford General Hospital will include:
- a new five-room family birthing centre;
- a 17-bed postpartum unit; and
- a constant care nursery - where ill newborns will be cared for according to the highest standards for perinatal care.
Today's announcement is part of the government's plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality for patients.
- There are about 1,600 births annually at the Brantford General Hospital site - with about 400 newborns who receive specialized medical care.
- Brantford General Hospital is a regional acute care health centre with 308 inpatient beds and 175 doctors.
- ER wait times at the Brantford General Hospital have gone down 6.5 hours since April 2008. This is a decrease of 44 per cent.
“It's so important that families - including expectant mothers and newborns - get the very best health care in the modern, safe, state-of-the art birthing centre. I am delighted to give our approval and support for the renovation of maternal care facilities at the Brantford General Hospital so that local residents have better access to these high quality services during a very special time in their lives.”
“I'm thrilled that this future birthing centre at Brantford General Hospital will bring more comfort and peace of mind to thousands of families who will soon be able to have their babies close to home. I know so many have been waiting eagerly for this project and I am proud that BGH continues its long-standing tradition for high-quality patient care.”
“We're pleased to have the support of the government to move forward with our renovation and expansion of the maternal care and constant care nursery. These improvements will enable us to offer high quality maternal and newborn care to our community.”