Your Postnatal Care

The postnatal period is defined as the first six to eight weeks after birth. Our aim is for your postnatal care to be a continuation of the personalised care you have received through your pregnancy and birth. Our ethos is to provide a supportive environment in the early days of parenthood to guide and equip you to care for yourself and baby. 

We provide gold standard personalised assistance with infant nutrition and support parents to develop close and loving relationships with their babies.  Learn more about our UNICEF Baby Friendly Gold Accreditation  and infant feeding support on the postnatal ward.

If everything is well with you both, and depending on the type of birth you have had, you could be discharged home in the first 24 hours after birth. After this time you will be cared for by your community midwifery team at the Maternity Hub. Your first postnatal appointment will be the day after you have been discharged. Your midwife will discuss your personalised postnatal care plan. It is anticipated that you will be discharged on approximately day 10 following birth to the care of the Health Visitor.

Postnatal Ward

Postnatal care is provided to you and you and your baby by the Shere Ward postnatal team. The midwives lead your care with input where necessary by the obstetric doctors. Your baby will have a new-born examination performed by a paediatrician before you go home.

You may also receive support from our infant feeding team, our maternity support workers and the hearing screening team.

Shere Ward Visiting

Entry to Shere Ward is via level G through a secure entry system to ensure the safety of newborn babies. Please press the buzzer and wait to be admitted and be careful to not allow anyone else who is not in your group to enter unless permitted by the reception staff.

We welcome partners to visit on the postnatal ward between the hours of 09:00 and 20:00. Once partners arrive they are expected to remain by the bedside for the entirety of their visit and in the interest of infection control are asked to not use the tea/coffee machines or wander in the corridors.

We also can no longer support partners to have multiple entry and exists to the ward. If staying for the whole day, they may leave the ward between 12:00 to 14:00 where they are permitted to leave and return and once only.

Partners who leave to get refreshments are asked to eat/drink away from the ward as partners cannot remove their masks whilst on the ward. Please observe the following infection control measures when visiting the ward to help us keep our patients and staff safe in the pandemic:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Masks must be worn over your nose and mouth
  • If you are exempt from wearing a mask you must wear a visor