After your baby is born
Congratulations on the birth of your baby!
Whether your baby is born at home or in a hospital there are several routine things that will happen in the hours after the birth. These are generally aimed at making sure you and your baby are well and that everything is working as it should.
Some babies will need to go to special care for a while, some will even need to spend time in intensive care but generally, most babies are born in good health and will stay with you after the birth.
If you are able, take some time to quietly get to know your baby. In the moments just after the birth your baby can seem like a complete stranger and very familiar all at the same time, they might remind you of other family members while being completely unique and individual. Your emotions may be all over the place in this moment or you might feel very serene and quiet.
Some women will feel overwhelmed at the prospect of being a parent and managing the needs of a tiny baby. In this section we talk about some of the common things that happen just after a baby is born and provide practical advice about working with your baby and providing them with the very best care.
Getting to know your baby
After your baby is born, the most important thing is for you to spend quiet time together as a family.Learn more
Tests and medicines for newborn babies
In Australia, you will generally be offered a number of tests and medicines for your newborn baby during the first few days of their life.Learn more
What happens to you?
Your health after the birth of your baby is also of paramount importance.Learn more
While you’re in hospital
Use your time in hospital to enjoy your new baby, learn how to care for them, and rest and recover.Learn more
Getting ready to go home
Your midwife and doctor can give you information that will be helpful when you are at home with your baby. Your time in hospital is a good opportunity to ask them any questions you might have.Learn more
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