After you have had your baby you enter your postnatal period. If you have your baby in the hospital you will be transferred to Shere Ward. Once you and your baby are happy to go home, you will be discharged home and the community midwives will follow up with you in your home.
This is a very special time for you, your baby and the rest of your family. It is important that you get plenty of rest, eat and drink regularly and take time to bond with your baby and establish your own routine and feeding methods. We know you’ll be keen to share your new arrival but we strongly recommend keeping visitors to the minimum. You both need your rest and too many strange cuddles can be unsettling for newborns and can disrupt getting breastfeeding well established.
Building a Happy Baby
Becoming a new parent can be a wonderful but daunting experience. We want to support you to have a happy, healthy, positive, experience with your new baby that starts as soon as you find out you are pregnant and continues right through childhood.
These early days as a parent can be challenging but the following Unicef leaflet “Building a Happy Baby” contains helpful information and background on how you can build a loving responsive relationship with your baby, that will meet your own needs and your baby’s needs.
Please take the time to look over the following main pages for more information about our postnatal services and what to expect during the few weeks of life with a newborn.
More information can be found on the additional links on the left hand side of the page.