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 attached to 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 Wellchild Tamariki Ora(external link) provider you have chosen for your baby, as well as community support groups that you might find helpful.