After the 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.

Postnatal Mental Health and Wellbeing

Information on postnatal mental health and wellbeing.

Discharge Advice After an Epidural or Spinal Anaesthetic

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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What happens straight after the birth? white logo on blue background

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.

Getting to know your newborn baby white logo on blue background

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.

Caesarean section recovery white logo on blue background

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.

Vitamin K for newborn babies white logo on blue background

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.

Exercise after birth white logo on blue background

Early days - Your baby after the birth

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.

Caring for a newborn baby white logo on blue background

How to look after a newborn baby in those first few days (0 to 12 weeks).

Pelvic floor and stomach exercises white logo on blue background

Exercise in pregnancy

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.

Sex and contraception after birth white logo on blue background

There are no rules about when to start having sex again after you have given birth.

NHS vaccinations and when to have them white logo on blue background

NHS vaccination schedule: vaccines for babies under 1 year old

What complications can affect the placenta? white logo on blue background

Complications that can affect the placenta during pregnancy or childbirth.

Episiotomy and perineal tears white logo on blue background

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.

Your body after the birth white logo on blue background

Advice about stitches, piles, bleeding and other physical changes after birth, plus tips to help you make a healthy recovery.

Newborn screening white logo on blue background

Find out what screening tests your newborn baby will be offered.

Newborn physical examination white logo on blue background

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).

Newborn hearing screening white logo on blue background

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.

Newborn blood spot test white logo on blue background

Every baby is offered newborn blood spot screening, also known as the heel prick test, ideally when they're 5 days old.

Registering the birth icon white on a black background

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

Contact a midwife to book for antenatal care 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 / Transitional Care)
Telephone: 0117 4146901

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

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

Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050