Postnatal care on discharge
All women and birthing people will receive a telephone call from the community coordinator midwife on the day following discharge - by phone or via a WhatsApp video call. We will ask about your physical and emotional wellbeing, about your baby’s feeding and behaviour and any concerns you have.
During this current time of isolation and social distancing our postnatal visits to homes will be kept to a minimum. We will continue to contact you by telephone to offer you and baby checks, advice and breastfeeding help.
All babies are recommended to have a newborn bloodspot screening (or NBBS) test on the 5th day after birth and this will be a face-to-face appointment, either in your home or in one of our community hubs. This test is time sensitive and we will make the safest arrangements to ensure we are able to collect it on day 5.
- If you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) we would ask you and your baby to attend this essential appointment alone, with no partners or other children, and wait outside or in the car until you are called in.
- If you are isolating with symptoms, we will send midwives and/or maternity support workers to your home wearing strict protective equipment such as masks and gowns.
All other postnatal care will be assessed on an individual basis.
If you have any other concerns throughout this time, please contact the community coordinator on 07786 266529. It is likely that your call will not be answered immediately so please leave a message or send a text. We will return you call as soon as we can, but if you have an urgent problem please call 023 8120 6303.