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Postnatal Care

While you and your baby are still in hospital

LMC’s responsibility is to:

  • work in partnership with you to develop your postnatal care plan
  • complete a daily postnatal check with you and your baby
  • be available to answer your questions and help with your concerns
  • promote early bonding between you and your baby

Your responsibility is to:

  • share information with your LMC that may affect your care
  • ask your LMC questions and voice your concerns
  • expect to have your baby rooming in with you.
  • ask for help when you need it

After you and your baby are discharged from hospital

LMC’s responsibility is to:

  • visit you at home within the first 24 hours following discharge from hospital or Birthcare
  • arrange mutually convenient visiting times
  • ensure you are well and your baby is thriving
  • provide you with support and guidance for feeding your baby
  • refer you to the appropriate community support groups with your consent
  • provide postnatal care for you and your baby from discharge home up to 6 weeks

Your responsibility is to:

  • make yourself available to be checked by your LMC at the arranged times to ensure both you and your baby are thriving
  • ensure that you have provided your correct address and contact numbers on discharge from hospital or Birthcare
  • inform your LMC in plenty of time if you need to change the time of a visit

Physical postnatal check

At each visit in hospital and at home, your LMC will carry out a physical check to make sure you’re recovering well from childbirth.

The check may include:

  • Breasts and nipples: to check their condition and assess milk supply.
  • Uterus: to ensure it is returning to pre-pregnant size (usually by six weeks).
  • Lochia (blood loss): amount, colour and odour.
  • Perineum/wound: to check healing, if appropriate, and observe for signs of infection.
  • Bladder/bowels: to check that they’re functioning normally.
  • Legs: to observe for signs of blood clots and to check that swelling is reducing.
  • Pelvic floor exercises: instruction and encouragement, to reduce the risks of incontinence later in life.
National Women's Health
Phone: 09 307 4949
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