Some of your postnatal appointments will be held at home, and some will take place in hospital, in a children’s centre or elsewhere in the community. Some women and babies will need more appointments, this will be discussed with you if they are needed.
Within 24 hours of having your baby, you will usually be discharged home from hospital, unless there are medical reasons that mean you and/or your baby need to stay a bit longer. Feeding support will be ongoing and the smoking cessation team will offer you support too if you need it. There are other support agencies that we can refer you to if needed, such as the counselling team.
Your first contact after you have been discharged from hospital will be from a local midwife. This will either be a telephone contact or a home visit. We will review and update your care plan that was started during your pregnancy, as your needs may have changed. This ensures you’ll receive the most suitable care and support to keep you well, physically and emotionally, while you are adjusting to parenthood.