Postnatal care

Your maternity handheld notes will be replaced with postnatal notes for you and your baby. You will also be given a red child health record. These need to be available to the midwife for any postnatal checks that you may have. When seeing a community midwife, it is essential she has the opportunity to see both mother and baby, so please make you are both available.

Whilst we make every effort to maintain continuity, appointments may not always be with your named midwife. A midwife from a small team local to you will visit and we hope you and your baby will have the opportunity to see your named midwife again during your postnatal care.

If you have had a homebirth, the midwife who attended to support you will arrange a follow up visit.

If you have had a hospital birth, the hospital will arrange for a community midwife to visit you the day after you are discharged home.

Home visits are scheduled to take place by a community midwife anytime between 9am and 5pm. Please keep these days free and make sure you and your baby are available as we are unable to give specific times.

Day five visit/appointment

A midwife will usually visit you again on day five. If day five falls on a weekend or bank holiday, a hospital appointment will be offered instead of a home visit. This will be a booked appointment with a set time, held in the antenatal clinic area of Maternity.

In addition to routine checks, babies are also weighed and screened for nine rare but serious health conditions. The screening is performed using a small blood sample which is obtained from the baby’s heel, also referred to as the ‘heel prick test’. Please refer to your Screening tests for you and your baby leaflet for more information.

Further postnatal community midwife appointments will be arranged dependent on your needs. This generally occurs between day 10 and day 14. It is quite common after this point for your care to be handed over to the health visiting team and  your GP, which means you and your baby will be discharged from community midwifery services. However, you can still contact the community midwifery team for support or advice for up to 28 days postnatal.