After the Birth

After the Birth of your Baby

Immediately after the birth of your baby, the midwife will need to carry out some checks on you and your baby.

Recovery After a Caesarean Birth

It is usual that following a caesarean you will feel discomfort. 

Vitamin K to Newborn Babies

We recommend that all babies should receive vitamin K within 24 hours following birth.

Postnatal Care in the Community

When you come home from hospital with your baby a midwife will visit you the next day to assess and plan your postnatal care.

Exercise After Birth

After giving birth, you may wonder how to begin safely exercising to help your body return to its pre-pregnancy condition.

Pelvic Floor & Stomach Exercises

In women, pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, bowel and womb and have been affected both by stretching them during pregnancy and delivery regardless of how your baby was born.


Contraception is something you need to think about if you want to delay or avoid another pregnancy. 

Postnatal Mental Health and Wellbeing

Information on postnatal mental health and wellbeing.

Contact Maternity

To contact a midwife to book for antenatal care visit Antenatal Booking or leave a message on 0117 4146743

Antenatal Clinic
Telephone: 0117 4146924 or 0117 4146925

Antenatal Assessment Unit (Quantock Assessment Unit)
Telephone: 0117 4146906

Assessment Ward (Quantock Ward)
Telephone: 0117 4146904 or 0117 4146905

Cossham Birth Centre, Kingswood
Telephone: 0117 4145150

Southmead Maternity Reception
Telephone: 0117 4146894

Mendip Birth Centre, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146900

Mendip Ward, Southmead (Postnatal / NICU)
Telephone: 0117 4146901

Central Delivery Suite Reception, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146916 or 0117 4146917.

Percy Phillips Ward (Postnatal / Transitional Care)
Telephone: 0117 4146821 or 0117 4146822

Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050