Getting ready to go home

Your midwife and doctor can give you information that will be helpful when you are at home with your new baby. Your time in hospital is a good opportunity to ask them any questions you might have.

Important things to talk about before you go home

  • comfortable positioning for breastfeeding
  • recognising when baby is getting enough breast milk
  • expressing breast milk either by hand or pump
  • if you have chosen to feed with infant formula, how to sterilise and make up bottles safely
  • changing nappies
  • bathing your baby
  • settling your baby
  • exercises for your back and pelvic floor
  • postnatal depression
  • how to take care of yourself
  • who to call and where to get good information if you need help
  • support services close to home
  • the midwife visit at home
  • contraception.

 As you think about things you want to ask, write them down. Keep a list for when you have an opportunity to talk with your midwife.

Contraception

It may feel too soon to be talking about contraception, but without it you may find yourself pregnant again very soon.  After you have given birth, ovulation can occur at any time, even when you are breastfeeding. Ideally, you will think about contraception before you give birth and discuss the methods of contraception that are suitable for you after birth.

Many doctors recommend waiting four to six weeks before having sex. This allows time for the cervix to close and any tears or repaired lacerations to heal. It can be weeks or even months before some women will want to have sex and that’s ok!  Discuss any problems that continue after six weeks with your family doctor or your maternal and child health nurse.

Infant car restraints

In Australia, babies are not permitted by law to travel in a car (including taxis) without a restraint that is suitable for their age and weight. This includes the trip home from the hospital. Check the hire section in your telephone book. The RACV and VicRoads have jointly established a network of Restraint Fitting Stations throughout Victoria – contact either organisation for more information.

Your baby’s Health and Development Record

You will receive your Health and Development Record after your baby is born.  It is an important record for you to use and keep for your child. It includes child health information for parents and is a record of your child’s health, growth, development and immunisations from birth to six years of age.

It is important to take the book with you when you visit health professionals; including, your GP, MCH Nurse, Paediatrician, lactation consultant and immunisation nurse.



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