Maternity care after the birth

Your midwife will provide you with the care that you and your baby need immediately after the birth and for 4–6 weeks after baby is born.

Care after your baby is born

The care that you will receive immediately after your baby is born includes:

Some babies will need specialist care in a newborn baby unit.

If you give birth in hospital you may want to stay for just the first few hours or for a couple of days – discuss this with your midwife or specialist doctor as part of your birth planning.

Once home, your midwife or a midwife working on behalf of your specialist doctor will visit you regularly (at least five visits at home). These health visits are to support you and your breastfeeding and to check that you and baby are well. 

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