After Your Baby is Born - Postnatal Care

Labour Ward Room

Where will your care be based?

If you have your baby at home you will stay at home, and your midwife will make sure you are comfortable before s/he leaves.

If you have your baby in hospital, immediately after the birth of your baby you will be made comfortable in the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite.

Your baby will be examined by the midwife and two labels will be checked with you before placing them on your baby’s ankles. These labels must stay on during your stay in hospital.

After an hour or so you and your baby will be transferred to the postnatal ward or you will be able to go home from the Birthing Centre or Delivery Suite.

All babies will be offered a full examination with 72 hours of birth either in the hospital or at home.

On our maternity wards you will be cared for by experienced midwives and support workers. Partners are welcome to visit 24/7 and further information on your stay can be found in our useful  Postnatal_information_booklet_v2_rev9_April_2017.pdf

How long will you be in hospital?

If you have a straight forward birth you may choose to go home soon after the birth of your baby.

If you have an instrumental birth or caesarean section the average length of stay in the unit is:

  • 1–2 days following an instrumental birth
  • 2 days following a caesarean section

There are occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a longer stay in hospital.

Your partner/support person is welcome to stay with you overnight.

Community – Postnatal Care

Community Midwives (CMW) and Maternity Support Workers (MSW) undertake your postnatal care in the Community.  This may be either at home or a postnatal clinic.

It is usual to receive a home visit by your CMW/MSW the day following your transfer from hospital.

Your further plan for postnatal care will be agreed between you and your CMW/MSW to meet your individual needs.

All babies require a blood spot screening test on their fifth day.

It is usual to be discharged from Community Postnatal Care at around 10 days following the birth of your baby.  Your Health Visitor will contact you during this early postnatal period and arrange a visit.  They will be your continued contact until your baby is 5 years old.

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Refer Yourself Today

Refer Yourself Today

Did you know you can refer yourself for an appointment with one of our midwives without speaking to your GP first?

You can self-refer by calling our midwife hotline on 07787 841 986.

Or fill out our online self-referral form for Maternity Services


How do you rate us?

How do you rate us?

In June, 94% of women who completed the Friends and Family Test would recommend our postnatal services to friends and family.

100% of women would recommend postnatal community services in Greenwich and Bexley, and 98% of women would recommend postnatal community services in Lewisham

In in doubt, call the midwife!

In in doubt, call the midwife!

It is now even easier to speak to one of our midwives to answer any questions you may have about pregnancy, birth or your newborn baby with our new Maternity Helpline:

020 8836 4491

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

Join the Maternity Voices Partnership

Join the Maternity Voices Partnership

Have you or your partner had a baby in the last 3 years?

Would you like to make Lewisham and Greenwich maternity services better?

We need mums and dads to join our Maternity Voices Partnership (Formally known as Maternity Services Liaison Committee - MSLC).

More about the Maternity Voices Partnership