Postnatal Care

The health visitor will contact you to arrange a visit between 10 and 17 days after the birth of your baby.

They will then follow up at 6 - 12 weeks. After that you will be invited to attend the baby clinic for weighing and to talk over any concerns you may have.

Development checks will be when your child is 1 year old and again at 2 years old.

Please register your baby with the practice as soon as possible in order that he / she can be invited for their immunisations on time.

The routine post-natal care of women and their babies is offered after the birth. Post-natal care is there to help you and we can answer any questions you may have about feeding, sleeping, crying, skin care and the general health and progress of your baby.

It is important that you book your own post-natal examination with the practice nurse at the surgery, between 8 - 12 weeks after the birth.

You can also contact the Health Visitor on 02392 240077 if you need further advice about coping with the stresses of being a new mum.

External Sites:

Your Baby after Birth - NHS Choices

Birth to 5 years old guide - NHS Choices

Breastfeeding Guide - NHS Choices

Information and support - NetMums

Support for new mum's - NCT

Videos from NHS Choices

Busy mums talk about how they fit exercise into life with a newborn baby and experts explain what's safe and what's not after you've given birth.