If your baby is born in the birth centre
Immediately after your birth, you and your baby will be made comfortable in the Birth Centre.
Soon after that, your baby will be examined by your midwife, who will then leave you to enjoy your first moments together, during which time you can have breastfeeding guidance from the midwives to ensure you are comfortable.
If there are no complications, most women tend to stay for between 6 - 8 hours after the birth before going home. If you have had a more complicated birth you may be moved to a postnatal ward, where you will be with other mothers and babies, and stay with us between 24 and 48 hours.
If your baby is born in the Labour Ward
As soon as your baby is delivered, both you and the baby will be made comfortable in the Delivery Suite.
In hospital the safety of you and your baby is of paramount importance to us. To help us with this, your baby will have two labels and a security tag, (on admission to the Maternity Ward). It is very important for your baby’s security and safety that they are present. Please inform a member of staff if these become loose. Security is extremely important and these must be replaced if they fall off.
If you notice any other security problems or suspicious behaviour from anyone please inform a member of staff.
If you have a straightforward birth you may be able to go home shortly after from the Delivery Suite/Labour Ward .
If you are on the Maternity Ward you will stay with us for a period of about six to 24 hours, depending on your individual need.
If you have an instrumental birth, (ventouse or forceps) it is anticipated that you will stay for approximately 24 hours, although you may choose to go home before this if both you and your baby are well.
If you have an emergency caesarean section, it is anticipated that you would stay in hospital for about 24 to 48 hours - again depending on the condition of you and your baby.
If you have a planned caesarean, there is an enhanced recovery, it is anticipated that you will stay for approximately 24 hrs
There may also be occasions when a mother and/or her baby may require a longer stay in hospital, and this will be explained to you as soon as possible if this applies to you.
This is the advice provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
While you are in hospital, and also once you go home, help and support is available 24-hours a day from midwives and the wider maternity care team. On the Maternity Ward staff are made up of a team of doctors, midwives, maternity care assistants, nursery nurses and student midwives.
Once home you will be visited by midwives together with student midwives and maternity care assistants. They are all there to assist you and your family adapt and enjoy your new life together and to help you become confident in caring for your new baby.