After you leave hospital or Birthcare, a community midwife will visit you at home within 24 hours. If you gave birth at National Women's Health but live outside the Auckland DHB area, your at-home postnatal care will be provided by community midwives from your nearest hospital. 

The community midwife will arrange regular visits to check your health, your baby's health and to provide help for breastfeeding problems.

During the first week, you can expect at least two more visits if you went straight home after the birth. After the first week, the midwife will visit you every week until your baby is four to six weeks old. You will then be referred to the Well Child Tamariki Ora() provider you have chosen for your baby, as well as community support groups that you might find helpful.

Your lead maternity carer'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
  • Give you 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 six 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 you have provided your correct address and contact numbers on discharge from hospital or Birthcare
  • Give your LMC plenty of notice if you need to change the time of a visit


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