What to expect from post-natal care
Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
When you go home from hospital (or after a home birth) your named midwife or a member of her team will contact you the following day. It is difficult to give an exact time as the ‘calls’ are allocated in the morning and can be affected by emergencies, however new babies are seen as priority visits. You do not need to be up and dressed to see your midwife, we are happy to see you resting and enjoying time with your new-born.
She will visit you to offer to check you and your baby/babies over. She will also be able to give you lots of advice about safe sleeping and caring for your baby, as well as infant feeding support.
You will be given some contact numbers and are welcome to call for advice at any time (24/7). The numbers are also in the pinned post at the top of our page.
Your midwife will discuss a plan of post-natal visits with you based on how you are feeling, how confident you feel, the type of birth that you had and how successfully your baby is feeding. It will also depend on your physical and emotional health.
Your midwife can talk to you about your birth experience if you would like to (offer a reflection) where she can answer any questions and help you understand the birth.
You will be offered a new-born screening test for your baby at a later visit (sometimes known as ‘the heel prick test’) and you can find more information about this here
You will also be contacted by the ‘Responsive Team’ who will ring to see if you need any infant feeding advice, help or support. They will also ask about your emotional health.
Your midwife will visit for up to/around 28 days after the birth of your baby. In addition a health visitor will make contact with you and inform you of ways to access further support and child health clinics.
You have 42 days (six weeks) to register the birth of your baby. Click here for more information,
You will need to register your baby with your local GP surgery.
You will need to apply for your child benefit (if eligible) and kind find more useful information here.
You will need to organise a six week review for yourself with the GP. This is strongly advised for all new mums to ensure that you are feeling well after having your baby and to assess any additional needs or ongoing care required.
You will also need to decide upon and organise contraception - the information here may be helpful.
Remember to do your pelvic floor exercises.
(please see the physiotherapy section)
Information about what to expect in the early days following birth including baby weight, feeding, safe sleeping and comforting your baby can be accessed here. It also explains when to be concerned about yourself and what to look out for.
All care is personal to you and your baby so please discuss individual concerns with your midwife.