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.

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.

Click the link to download our Patient Information Leaflet: After the birth of your baby

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.

Further information

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We're Baby Friendly

We're very keen supporters of the UNICEF/World Health Organisation (WHO) Baby Friendly Initiative (please see above) and are ourselves accredited as Baby Friendly by UNICEF.


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