The time you spend in the postnatal ward depends on what type of birth you had and how you and baby are going. Many private hospitals have beds for partners, or a double bed, so your partner can stay overnight with you, although there’s likely to be a fee.
Midwives will provide most of your postnatal care, including helping you learn about breastfeeding and caring for your new baby. Your obstetrician will visit you to check you and baby are OK.
If you consent to it, your baby can have newborn screening tests.
During your stay, you might also see other health professionals – for example, a paediatrician or a lactation consultant.
Most women stay in hospital for 3-4 days after a vaginal birth, and around 5 days after caesarean birth. But if you and your obstetrician are happy, you might be able to go home earlier.
Your follow-up care at home might be with a midwife or child and family health service. Check with your private hospital about what sort of follow-up care you can expect after going home.
Looking after your newborn
There’s a lot to learn about looking after your baby in the early weeks. Check out our newborns videos.
Check at 4-6 weeks
Even though you’re likely to be very busy with baby, you need to make an appointment with your GP or obstetrician 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 GP or obstetrician will also talk with you about breastfeeding, contraception, sexual health, urinary problems and any concerns you have.