The time when you are ready to go home can vary according to the needs of you and your baby after delivery. Many women who are low-risk opt to go home shortly after the birth of their baby. Women or babies with more complex needs may need to stay longer.
All babies should have a top to toe examination, newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) within 72 hours of birth. This will be done by an experienced midwife with additional skills or by a paediatrician. If you and your baby have an early discharge this check may be done by the community midwife or you may be asked to bring your baby back to the postnatal ward. All babies are also offered a hearing screen by one of our specially trained screening team. This again can be undertaken prior to your discharge home or on return to the ward on an outpatient basis.
Following transfer home from the hospital to your home, the community midwife will continue your care at home. You will be visited the day after you go home and then approximately day five when the newborn bloodspot screening will be offered. On or around day ten your care will then be transferred to the health visitor. Additional visits will be arranged if required.
You will be given contact numbers for both the community midwives and the hospital. If you have any concerns please ensure you seek advice and support as a priority.