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.
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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.
Please see Swindon Register Office: Register a birth.
Please see Information for parents and parents-to-be.