When you come home from hospital with your baby a midwife will visit you the next day to assess and plan your postnatal care.
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If you have received an epidural or spinal anaesthetic during the delivery of your baby this information is to provide advice after you are discharged home.
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It's natural to focus on your baby's birth while you're pregnant. But it's a good idea to also know what to expect after labour.
You'll probably spend a large part of the first few days after birth looking at your baby.
If you notice anything that worries you about your baby, however small, speak to your midwife.
You'll probably be in hospital for 1 or 2 days after a caesarean section, and may need to take things easy for several weeks.
What happens straight after the birth?
You'll be offered an injection of vitamin K for your baby. This helps prevent a rare bleeding disorder called haemorrhagic disease of the newborn.
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Being active may feel like a challenge when you're tired, but gentle exercise after childbirth can help your body recover and may help you feel more energetic.
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The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour.
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Sometimes a doctor or midwife may need to make a cut in the area between the vagina and anus (perineum) during childbirth. This is called an episiotomy.
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Find out what screening tests your newborn baby will be offered.
All parents are offered a thorough physical examination for their baby within 72 hours of giving birth.
The examination includes screening tests to find out if your baby has any problems with their eyes, heart, hips and, in boys, testicles (testes).
The newborn hearing screening test helps identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This means parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start.
Every baby is offered newborn blood spot screening, also known as the heel prick test, ideally when they're 5 days old.
All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.
Contact North Bristol NHS Trust Maternity
Antenatal Assessment Unit (Quantock Assessment Unit)
Telephone: 0117 4146906
Cossham Birth Centre, Kingswood
Telephone: 0117 4145150
Southmead Maternity Reception
Telephone: 0117 4146894
Mendip Birth Centre, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146900
Mendip Ward, Southmead (Postnatal / Transitional Care)
Telephone: 0117 4146901
Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050