Your homebirth midwife will provide your postnatal care in your home, including helping you learn about breastfeeding and caring for your new baby. She’ll probably visit every day after the birth for several days, depending on how you and your baby are going.
If you have a private midwife she will continue your care up to six weeks after the birth.
On your consent, your midwife will be able to do a newborn screening test and give an injection of vitamin K to your baby after the birth. If you want to immunise your baby against hepatitis B you will need to visit your GP.
You can call most midwives 24 hours a day in the first week if you have any urgent concerns about yourself or your baby. If this isn’t possible, they’ll let you know who to call. Some midwives are available for phone advice (or a visit) up until you have your six-week check. In most states and territories, a child and family health nurse will also visit you at home in the first 10 days after the birth.
Looking after your newborn
There’s a lot to learn about looking after your baby in the early weeks. Check out our newborns videos.
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.