Caring for baby and yourself
What to expect
Watch the video below to learn what to expect in the postnatal period for you and your baby including the care you can expect to receive regardless of where you birthed your baby.
Postnatal schedule of care
The first visit by the community midwife is on the day after you leave hospital. Both you and your baby will be examined to ensure you are both well. Your physical and emotional wellbeing will be discussed and also baby's feeding patterns. Please take this opportunity to ask any questions or share your worries and concerns.
Please register your baby at the GP as soon as possible
Visit Two (day 5)
As well as checking you are well, the midwife or maternity care assistant will weigh your baby and take the Newborn Screening blood test.
Visit Three (day 9/10)
The midwife will check your physical and emotional wellbeing and weigh your baby. Your midwife will discuss with you:
- postnatal exercises
- registering the birth of your baby
- the six to eight week postnatal check for you and your baby with your GP
- any other concerns you may have
If all is well the midwife will transfer you to the care of the Health Visitors.
Who to call
If you need advice in the first ten days:
|For urgent advice||Frimley Park hospital||Wexham Park Hospital|
|08.00 - 16.00 (Monday-Friday)||01276 604241||01753 634562|
|16.00-08.00||01276 604527||01753 634562|
|For non-urgent queries contact||Frimley Park hospital||Wexham Park Hospital|
|08.00 - 16.00 Monday - Friday||01276 604241||01753 634561|
Healthier Together Programme
The web resource provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals.