Your baby after birth

Following birth your baby will have been examined by the midwife. Before discharge home if your baby birthed in hospital your baby will be examined again by a midwife or paediatrician. In order to perform this examination as thoroughly as possible you may be asked the following questions:
  • Did you have any medical conditions e.g. / diabetes/epilepsy, or have you been taking any medication?
  • Did you have any problems during pregnancy?
  • Are there any relatives who have experienced any of the following problems at birth or in early childhood?
    • Thyroid problems
    • Heart problems
    • Clicky hips/limbs
    • Kidney / urinary problems
    • Deafness or Blindness
    • Jaundice/ anaemia
    • Metabolic problems
Your community midwife will normally visit the day after you have been discharged home unless other arrangements have been made. If you do not receive a visit from your community midwife, please call the hospital where you had your baby.
As a parent you will become aware of your own baby’s behaviour, feeding and appearance. Should you feel something is not right please discuss this with someone as highlighted above, remember you know your baby better than anyone else.


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