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If everything has gone smoothly, you’ll go home within 24 hours after birth. If you or your baby needs a longer stay, you’ll be transferred to the postnatal ward. Your partner might be able to stay overnight.

Midwives, most likely ones that you know, will provide your postnatal care, including helping you learn about breastfeeding and caring for your new baby.

Your baby will have newborn screening tests at hospital or home. Your follow-up care at home could be with a midwife or child and family health service.

Looking after your newborn

There’s a lot to learn about looking after your baby in the early weeks. Check out our newborns videos.

Six-week check

Even though you’re likely to be very busy with baby, you need to make an appointment with your doctor or midwife for six weeks after the birth. This is to check your physical and emotional health, including recovery from birth, and your baby’s health. In a high-risk pregnancy, it can also help prevent further problems.

Your doctor or midwife will also talk with you about breastfeeding, contraception, sexual health, urinary problems and any concerns you have.

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