2F Obstetrics Clinic
What to Expect at Your Clinic Visit
Congratulations and welcome to the Obstetrics clinic! We are happy to have you join us. Obstetrical clinics run every Friday morning with the occasional exception. If ultrasound spots are unavailable, you may be asked to come in the afternoon, or go to Labour and Delivery for review of the scan - we will let you know if that is the case.
Please bring your Health Card and any medication bottles to your first visit. You do not need to register at the main reception, simply come to the 2F clinic reception.
The easiest way to get to the 2F clinic is to park in the RED section, and take the elevators up to the second floor. From there, turn right and make a U-turn so that you are facing the Spiritual Centre. Turn left and you will see a sign for the 2F clinic, which is on the right-hand side of the hallway (look for the wood-paneling).
Because the clinics can get busy, we suggest you only come 10 minutes early. If you are in a rush, let reception know. We do ask that, if you are going to be more than 45 minutes late for your appointment that you call and reschedule.
Your first visit will be a consultation visit, whether you have been referred by a family physician, primary care provider, or midwife. At this visit, we will review your medical and obstetrical history and ensure that the necessary prenatal testing is up to date. Much of the initial intake is performed by the clinic nurse, though sometimes a learner (resident or student) will participate in the intake. We will also meet to review any questions you have from the outset.
Many women will also have an ultrasound as part of the first visit. To minimize your time off work and/or the number of visits, we generally schedule ultrasounds at McMaster to take place the same day as your visits - you may spend longer at the hospital (a few hours is possible), but you will have fewer overall visits, making better use of your time.
Some midwifery consultations require only one visit, while others will require a transfer of care. We will discuss this at your visit and, where possible, we will engage your midwife in the decision-making.
At each follow-up visit, we recommend that you use the washroom and weigh yourself so you are ready for your visit. Also, it is helpful to write down questions you have, as not to forget them until the minute you leave the hospital! While we try to be on time, some women have unexpected events that require us to take a bit more time for counseling. Rarely, you may have to stay a bit longer for blood-work or a Non-Stress Test (fetal heart-rate monitoring).
At the end of each visit, you will be given a card to take to reception to register your next appointment and any additional tests that may be needed. If you want to book your next few follow-up visits, that's fine, too - just ask.
We encourage partners and family members to attend appointments as they and you see fit. Please note that the clinic rooms are a bit small, and generally only one support person can be comfortably accommodated in the examination rooms. Additional supports may be asked to stay in the waiting room.
Remember that you are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the hospital. However, if you would like some privacy to do so, please ask any staff member and we will gladly offer a clinic room for quiet nursing.
Towards the end of the pregnancy, you may require an examination. You always have the right to request a female chaperone. Note that we cannot accommodate the request for a female physician to perform an examination - while we may have female learners not all can perform exams. We will always do our best to be respectful and mindful of the sensitive nature of these examinations.
If you feel that you need to be seen urgently outside of clinic hours, call Labour and Delivery (905-521-5050) and make your way in. If you are pregnant but your urgent/emergent problem is unrelated to pregnancy (e.g. broken bones) you should go to your nearest urgent care/emergency department.