Coronavirus guidance

Restrictions remain in place and inside all of our hospitals you still need to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing. Please see information for visitors > before you plan on visiting.

Coronavirus - Information and changes to our maternity services

Find out how our maternity services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic, on our maternity services during coronavirus page >.

We understand this is a challenging time for expectant mothers and new parents. Information and guidance is regularly changing and we will make every effort to keep women and families updated. 

Caring for your baby at home

When you and your baby go home, you will continue to receive community postnatal care.

Community midwife visits

A midwife from your team will visit you and your baby the day after you have returned home from hospital between 8:30am and 5pm.

If you and your baby are well you would normally expect to have 3 postnatal contacts with the team either at home or at the postnatal clinic where you can have an appointment time. More visits after your baby is born will be offered if needed.

During the visits you can expect feeding support, your baby being weighed, the newborn blood spot screening test (heel prick), additional support and advice based on your own needs.

Some of the visits and tests may be undertaken by Maternity Support Workers (MSW) who have been specially trained to perform these tasks. The midwife will discuss this with you before any contact with an MSW.

Health visiting team

The health visitor will contact you whilst you are still under the care of the community midwifery team to arrange an appointment to see you. This will be planned for 10 - 21 days after your baby was born.

GP postnatal appointment

When your baby is approximately 6 weeks old, you and your baby should have a postnatal check-up with your GP.

The GP surgery will often send you an appointment, but if you don’t receive one by the time your baby is 4 weeks old please ring the surgery to arrange an appointment. Some surgeries combine the postnatal check-up with your baby’s first immunisation appointment at 8 weeks.