Postnatal care

At NUH Maternity, we know that having your baby is the start of a new journey.

Whether you have a home birth, early discharge, or a longer stay in the hospital, we aim to provide you with support and care in this transition to a new stage in your life.

You may experience a variety of emotions after the birth of your baby. For more information on this, please see: 

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Below are some useful links and resources you might find useful during your pregnancy journey

Your health after birth

Your emotions after childbirth:

Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health:

Your body just after birth:

Your post pregnancy body:

Advice to help recovery following childbirth:

Physical activity for women after childbirth:

Smoking and your baby:

Best Beginnings videos:

Contraception after childbirth: and

PICO dressings – patient information leaflet:

Venous thromboembolism after birth:

MMR vaccination after birth for women who are not immune:

Anti-D after childbirth (if your blood group is rhesus negative):

Your baby’s health

Your baby’s ‘red book’:

Newborn Physical Exam:

Newborn hearing screening:

Newborn bloodspot test: and leaflets in different languages:

Does your baby need a BCG?

Baby Check App download here:

What is neonatal jaundice:

Best Beginnings videos:

You and your partner

Your emotions after childbirth:

Best Beginnings videos:

Relationships after having a baby:

How to maintain a healthy relationship after a baby has been born:

Changes to relationships after having a baby:

Sex and contraception after childbirth:

Smoking and your baby:

Caring for your baby

NHS tips for new parents:

Best Beginnings videos:

Baby Check App download here:

Safe sleep advice and reducing the risk of SIDS:

Caring for your baby at night:

Responsive feeding (bottle and breast) guide:

Smoking after birth and sudden infants death syndrome (SIDS):

The Dad Pad Neonatal:

Dad’s still face experiment video:

How to register your baby’s birth – Nottingham City Council residents:

How to register your baby’s birth – Nottinghamshire County Council residents:

Handle with care: how to keep your baby safe:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) video:

Understanding your baby

Building a happy baby: guide for parents:

Best Beginnings videos:

BBC Tiny Happy People links:

Soothing a crying baby:

Big Little Moments – building your baby’s brain:


Off to the best start leaflet:

Positioning and attachment video:

Breastfeeding and relationships in the early days video:

Breastfeeding; is my baby getting enough?

Best Beginnings videos:

From bump to breastfeeding – videos:

Expressing and storing breastmilk:

Breastfeeding and thrush:

Breastfeeding and mastitis:

Formula Feeding

NHS Guide to bottle feeding:

UNICEF Guide to bottle feeding:

Infant formula and responsive feeding:

Best Beginnings videos:

Dad’s guide to bottle feeding:


Community Postnatal Care

If you have a home birth or an early discharge from hospital, your midwife will provide details of the hearing screen clinic and arrangements for the newborn examination. If any abnormality is detected, follow up will be arranged with you.

Routine postnatal care consists of 3 routine support visits.These will be offered by a midwife and/ or midwifery support worker.

The first visit will be in your home, then there will be a choice of home or clinic visits offered. Where extra support is required, this will be arranged on an individual basis.

The baby will be weighed between day 5 and 8 of age, and a Newborn Blood Spot is recommended at this time. 


It is important to consider which form of contraception you wish to use after the birth of your baby.

You can get pregnant again before your periods have restarted, even if you are fully breastfeeding.

All progesterone only methods (e.g. progesterone only pill, contraceptive injection, coil, implant) can be safely used while breastfeeding.

Please see the FPA contraception guide and discuss this with your doctor or midwife. 

Postnatal Consultant Review

You may be offered an appointment to meet with members of our multi-disciplinary team to discuss events surrounding your birth. If there has been a complication during your birth, our team will discuss this with you.

If you have not been offered an appointment, but feel you wish to discuss pregnancy or birth events, you may request an appointment.

You can speak to your midwife, or if you have been discharged, ask your GP to refer you for a postnatal review.

Your appointment will usually be longer than a routine clinic visit, and will take place at a meeting room outside of the clinic setting.