The first six weeks after a baby’s birth is one of the most joyous moments and the toughest times for any mother. There will definitely be many changes and adjustments needed to be faced; physically, emotionally and socially. Whether it is your first born or not, an effective, practical and supportive postnatal care program is a must for both the mother and the newborn’s well being.

Receiving one on one support from a professional midwife offers great benefits:

  • The opportunity to develop a trusting and supportive relationship
  • Receive consistent advice on how to care for your newborn
  • The efficient and early detection of various health issues, both of the mother and the newborn

The Midwife’s Role

Postnatal visits are done to ensure the health and wellbeing of both the mother and baby after birth. It can enhance the breastfeeding experience, especially for new mums. Midwives can assist you in the various issues concerning post-pregnancy and mothering skills.

The role of your midwife during the postnatal period is to provide you with proper care and support. This can be booked as a one-off appointment or as a part of a postnatal care package.

The most common issues which can be addressed with your midwife are the following:

  • Feeding, sleeping or bonding issues
  • Concerns about you and your baby’s health
  • Concerns about the development of your newborn
  • Anxiety or fear with regards to your baby, parenting skills and/or family adjustments
  • Debriefing about your experience of labour and birth

In these instances the opportunity for a home visit can be particularly useful, enabling you to seek the support you need, without the demands of leaving the comfort and security of your home.

What to expect in a postnatal visit

During each postnatal visit, your midwife will conduct a variety of procedures to properly monitor your baby’s growth and development, plus your health and wellbeing.

  • Weighing your baby
  • Checking your blood pressure if necessary
  • Checking your healing progress
  • Debriefing on your birth experience
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Sleeping and settling techniques
  • Discussing your fears, anxieties and any other concerns

In addition your midwife can provide information on postnatal exercises, parenting and family adjustments and family planning and community resources. Your midwife can also refer you to any relevant services you may require.