The early postnatal period is a time of great change and adjustment as you get used to parenting your newborn. The early days can be a steep learning curve, for some parents it can be wonderful, challenging, exciting and exhausting even if this is not your first baby. Your midwife will be there to guide and support you during this important time. Your midwife will visit you at home every day initially and then every few days until both you and she are confident that all is going well.
Your midwife will then normally see you every week up until your baby is six weeks of age. These later visits can be in your home or in our Ashmore clinic. During your visits your midwife will provide you with breastfeeding support, offer advice on settling techniques for your baby, check your healing and recovery, and discuss any concerns you may have.
Six Week Visit
The six week postnatal visit provides you, your support person and your midwife the chance to discuss your labour and birth in detail if you have not already done this. This is really important as there may be details of your birth you have questions about or may not remember fully. This visit also allows the opportunity to review the progress you and your baby have made since the birth.
During your visit your midwife will undertake a well-baby check including weighing and measuring your baby, provide you with information about community resources available to you, parenting and relationship support. All of the midwives at My Own Midwife have the ability to provide advice regarding contraception and can prescribe these for you. Should you require any ongoing support from other care providers your midwife can arrange a referral for you or your baby.