What happens to you?

Your health after the birth of your baby is also of paramount importance. 

The midwife will check:

  • your pulse and blood pressure regularly
  • your uterus is contracting normally by pushing gently on your tummy
  • your caesarean wound (if you have one) to make sure there is no sign of infection and it is healing well
  • how you are feeling. The staff will be very aware that this is a very emotional time
  • stiches in your perineum (if you have them). Ice packs can offer relief from pain
  • that you are breastfeeding well
  • that you are coping well in caring for your baby.

You can:

  • celebrate, you’ve done an amazing job!
  • shower and use the toilet (which will feel a bit strange at first)
  • ask for pain relief if you need it.

About your care:

  • Depending on the hospital you are in, after the birth you may be moved from the labour ward or birth suite to a postnatal ward. The usual practice is that you and the baby will stay together in a room, which you may or may not share with other new mothers.
  • Practical things like dressing and nappy changing might be a bit tricky at first. The midwife will help you.
  • You may stay in hospital for only a few hours or a couple of days. This depends on how straightforward your birth was, your health and how much care you might need around the birth. 


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