Antenatal and postnatal inpatient care

If you have an uncomplicated birth, you can expect to go home in three to six hours. If you need to stay in hospital after you give birth, you will be offered a bed on Hazel Ward

Our Community Midwives also provide postnatal care in various settings for example in your own home or a Children's Centre in your community.

Patient Information Leaflets

Your midwife will have given you our 'Going Home from the Maternity Unit' Leaflet when you were discharged from hospital following the birth of your baby. The leaflet can also be viewed online by clicking on the link below.

Going Home from the Maternity Unit leaflet

Watch a video about breastfeeding support

 

Neonatal examinations

All babies require a neonatal examination within 72 hours of birth. In our Consultant-led Units these checks are performed by Paediatricians. Midwives have been trained in our Birth Centres to perform these checks.

After you leave the hospital or birth centre

After your baby is born, you will be seen by a Midwife either at home or at your local Children's Centre on the day after you are discharge from hospital and then as needed up for up to 28 days. During these visits the Midwife will assess the wellbeing of both you and your baby and explain or complete any routine tests. For more information about what to expect when you go home after having your baby see our 'Going Home from the Maternity Unit' Leaflet linked above.

Registering your baby's birth

All new parents must register their baby's birth within 42 days (six weeks) of the birth. This can be done at the Swindon Register Office by appointment only.

The leaflet linked below includes useful information relating to registering your baby's birth.

Swindon Registry Office - Register your Baby's Birth Leaflet 

Useful information

UNICEF Baby Friendly online leaflet about breastfeeding

Best Beginnings Watch videos and get advice on breastfeeding and a 'Small Wonders' DVD for parents of pre-term babies.

Breastmates - breastfeeding peer support group information leaflet

UNICEF Baby Friendly online leaflet about bottle feeding

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