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You and your body after the birth

If all has gone well with the birth, you may be discharged with your baby within a few hours and your stay in hospital is likely to be short. It helps if you’ve discussed your postnatal care with your midwife during pregnancy so you know what to expect. Any preferences can then be recorded on your birth plan so that staff on the postnatal ward will be aware of your wishes.

You are likely to need more help and advice with your first baby. Whether you are in hospital or at home, the maternity team are there to guide and support you as well as to check that you are recovering from the birth. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Your details are transferred to the community team to agree your individual plan of care.  A midwife or support worker will be available in the community to support and advise you. For most women, one home visit is offered and the remaining contacts are arranged at a local children centre. You will be able to continue to access help and support at a Children's Centre near you.

Find out about other sources of support after the birth, and getting in touch with other new parents.

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