Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
Before you can return home, our team will ensure that you and your baby are ready and have undergone all of the necessary checks to make sure that you are both healthy and well.
Our midwifery team will check you're recovering well after giving birth, you will be offered the following routine checks:
After giving birth, you will be offered the following routine checks:
If your baby is born at home, the tests will be carried out at home by a community midwife.
If your baby is receiving special care, these tests will be done in the special baby care unit.
The NHS website features further information on what to expect after giving birth.
Returning home with your new born baby can be an exciting and sometimes anxious time for new parents. We’d like to reassure you that we are here with you every step of the way as you get to know your baby.
Please watch this video about what to expect when you return home after giving birth. We know there’s a lot to take in, so please watch this video at your convenience.
After you return home, your community midwife will visit you on the first day following your discharge. You’re personalised care plan will be created with your midwife and the frequency of home visits established.
Please contact Gate 18 on 01924 541 693 if you don’t receive a visit.
After a vaginal birth, you may experience discomfort and stinging for the first few days. It’s important that you keep the area clean and dry. If you’ve had stitches, you’ll need to bathe them each day to help prevent infection. Painkillers and cold compresses such as gel pads may help ease the pain.
Please contact your midwife or GP if the pain gets worse or you suspect there may be an infection.
Following the birth of your baby there are some symptoms that may indicate a serious concern that you should be aware of. Whilst some of these symptoms may be normal after birth it is important that you seek medical attention if:
If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact our Triage department on 01924 543003 or dial 999 immediately if symptoms are severe.