You will be seen by a midwife, either at home or in a community health centre, the day after you leave hospital, and as needed for up to 28 days. 

You will be offered a physical examination of your baby within 72 hours of giving birth, either at home or in hospital. For more information, visit NHS website: Newborn physical examination.

A health visitor will usually visit you at home for the first time around 10 days after your baby is born. Until then you will be cared for by your midwife.

We are here for you 

If at any time in hospital or after the birth of your baby you have a concern, question or not not understand something, please do not hesitate to speak to your midwife, health visitor, or any other member of staff. 

We work closely with other healthcare processionals and can arrange any support you may need, including help with feeding your baby and mental health and wellbeing support.  

Leaving hospital 

This video shares useful information on leaving hospital, caring for your newborn baby, and yourself.  


For information about what happens straight after birth, what happens to your body after birth, your newborn baby, the early days and babies who need extra care or who are born premature, visit After the birth - NHS (

Registering your baby's birth

All new parents must register their baby's birth within 42 days (six weeks) of the birth.

Please visit Swindon Register Office: Register a birth.


Further information