While you are in hospital

Use your time in hospital to enjoy your new baby, learn how to care for them, and rest and recover.

Use the experts. Depending on where you are, there may be a number of different experts in the hosptial who can help you with things like:

  • breastfeeding, bathing, changing nappies, dressing your baby and settling your baby
  • learning how your new baby is communicating with you
  • recovering from the birth
  • exercises you can do after a birth 
  • preparing to be with your new baby at home.

Help your body recover:

  • Eat well and rest.
  • If you need pain relief, ask for it.
  • If you have stitches, ask for some ice packs.
  • Let your midwife know if you have any problems or concerns.

If at any time you are worried about how you are feeling, physically or emotionally, talk to your midwife or doctor. 


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