Postnatal care is given after the birth of your baby. Our midwives, doctors and healthcare staff are here to make sure you are well looked after, once your baby has been born.

If everything has gone well, this will mean making sure you are confident with feeding and looking after your baby before you go home.

If you or your baby needs to stay in hospital, we will make sure you both receive the best possible care.

If you and your baby are both well, we encourage you to go home within a few hours. Our midwives and healthcare staff can help you start to feed your baby, as well as supporting you with any immediate issues or concerns you might have.

Should you or your baby need to stay in hospital, you will be transferred to our postnatal ward.

If your baby needs more specialist care, they might be transferred to our Neonatal Unit.

Our care does not stop once you leave hospital. You should have a home visit from your community midwife within 24 hours. They will plan more visits to you, usually over the next 10 days.

Supporting you

Women’s Health Counsellors are part of the team providing care in The Centre for Women’s Health.  We offer emotional support for women accessing the services of Maternity.

Pregnancy referrals for counselling support include:-

Ante-natal decision-making when considering whether to:

  • continue a pregnancy
  • decide between choice of treatments or method of delivery

All pregnancy loss: stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and termination. Patients need to contact the service:

  • within 4 months of the loss or
  • if required during a subsequent pregnancy

Contact 01392 406678 or


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