During your stay a midwives and maternity support workers will care for you and your baby, supporting you in the transition to new parent and learning to feed and care for your newborn.
You will have a postnatal check each day that will offer you the opportunity to discuss both your physical and mental wellbeing after birth. The midwife will assess your blood loss and that any tears or wounds sustained during birth (vaginal or caesarean) are clean and healing well. She may feel your abdomen to ensure your uterus is contracting back down after birth and support you with any feeding (breast or artificial) problems you may have.
Your new baby will also have a daily check while in hospital. This will assess that they are being fed enough, are awake and alert, with plenty or wet and dirty nappies. They will be observed for signs of problems developing either from labour (meconuim in the amniotic fluid, infection, trauma etc) or during the transition from fetus to newborn (Jaundice, heart abnormalities etc).
Once you are at home with your baby, the community midwives and community support workers will visit every few days until (normally) day 10 when your care will be handed over to the health visitor. This will be a continuation of the care you received in the hospital. Unfortunately it will not be possible for the community midwife to give you an exact time she will be coming to see you due to the nature of their work and some checks you will be invited to attend a postnatal clinic instead of having a visit at home (this will be appointment based).
For well women and babies you are likely to only be visited the day after you go home, when your baby is 5 days old to weigh and complete the newborn blood spot test and on day 10 to discharge you from maternity care.
You will have more frequent visits if you or your baby are not feeling well or need more support with breastfeeding.
If at any time you are not happy with any aspect or yours or your baby’s health or feeding you can contact Shere Ward for advice on 01483 464134