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Your Postnatal Journey

Once your baby is born you will continue to get support from your midwives until around day 28. After this, you will receive support from the healthy child programme who will take over in supporting you and your baby. 

Some of your postnatal appointments will be held at home, and some will take place in hospital or elsewhere in the community. Some families  may need more support, this will be discussed with you if they are needed. 

If you need additional support from a midwife or health visitor call Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. 

Within the first 3 days of your baby being born, the midwife or maternity support worker will visit you at home to see how you and your baby are getting on.

The midwife or maternity support worker will also discuss how you are feeling in yourself, and how you are coping with your new baby. They will discuss how well your baby is feeding and give you advice if you have any problems or concerns. Your baby may also be weighed during this period.

Every baby is offered a newborn blood spot screening, also known as a heel prick test, ideally when the baby is 5 days old.

The midwife will weigh your baby and, with your consent, complete the newborn blood spot screening test, also known as a heel prick test. The test involves taking a blood sample to find out if your baby has 1 of 9 rare but serious health conditions.

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This appointment with a health visitor will take place when your baby is around 6 - 8 weeks old. During COVID your appointment may take place up to 12 weeks after your baby has been born. The appointment will be either a video call or a home visit.

This appointment with a health visitor will take place between 10 and 14 days after your baby has been born. During COVID your appointment may take place up to 21 days after your baby has been born. The appointment will be either a video call or a home visit.

About six weeks after you give birth, your baby should have a check-up with your GP and you should have a postnatal check-up appointment. This is often called the six-week check.

It is a chance for your baby to have a physical assessment and a review of their development so far.

But it's also a chance for you to discuss with your doctor any physical or emotional problems you may be having. Your GP is there to support you as you adjust to being a new mum.

When your baby reaches around 3 - 4 months old you will receive a letter, either by email or in the post. 

This letter is to remind families our services are still here for you and how to access further support if needed.

Who can Help?

If you feel worried and want more advice you can speak to your midwife or health visitor.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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