Feeding your baby
Once you have your baby, our dedicated team of midwives and infant feeding advisors will provide you with one to one support to help you feed your baby. It can take a while before you feel confident, especially if you are breastfeeding, but help is available from your midwife, health visitor or local breastfeeding support group.
Your postnatal care
If you have your baby at home you will stay at home, and your midwife will make sure you are comfortable before they leave.
If you have your baby in hospital, immediately after the birth of your baby you will be made comfortable in our delivery suite or one of our birth centres.
Your baby will be examined by the midwife and two labels will be checked with you before placing them on your baby’s ankles. These labels must stay on during your stay in hospital.
After an hour or so you and your baby will be transferred to the postnatal ward or you will be able to go home.
All babies will be offered a full examination with 72 hours of birth either in the hospital or at home.
How long will I stay in hospital?
If you have a straight forward birth you may choose to go home soon after the birth of your baby.
If you have an assisted birth or caesarean section the average length of stay in the unit is:
- 1–2 days following an assisted birth
- 2 days following a caesarean section
There are occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a longer stay in hospital. If this is the case your partner is welcome to stay overnight with you.
Postnatal care in the community
Community Midwives (CMW) and Maternity Support Workers (MSW) undertake your postnatal care in the community. This may be either at home or at a postnatal clinic.
It is usual to receive a home visit by your CMW/MSW the day after you return home. Your further plan for postnatal care will be agreed between you and your CMW/MSW to meet your individual needs.
All babies require a blood spot screening test on their fifth day.
It is usual to be discharged from community postnatal care around 10 days following the birth of your baby. Your health visitor will contact you during this early postnatal period and arrange a visit. They will be your continued contact until your baby is 5 years old.