What happens after the birth?
I understand how exciting and overwhelming becoming a parent can be, and I want my care to meet your individual needs. During the first 6 weeks of the postnatal period, I am always on hand to offer support and advice for your early parenting needs.
Following a hospital birth, most women choose to go home from the birth unit after a few hours, and I would see you at home 12-24 hours later. If there are any medical concerns, a longer stay in hospital is chosen by most women. Whatever you choose, I am available to you by phone 24/7. I will visit you at home or in hospital every day for the first week, and then weekly in my rooms (or in your home) until your discharge at 6 weeks.
The health of you and your baby is central to postnatal care, which is why care includes examinations of your baby, newborn blood spot screening, healthy lifesytle advice, contraception advice, breastfeeding, baby care and postnatal assessments.
Postnatal care is available as a stand-alone service for all women: you do not need to have engaged my care for pregnancy and birth to benefit from my postnatal care service.