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Maternity Unit

Post Natal Care

After the birth of your baby mothers are cared for on one of our postnatal wards in the Maternity Unit before being transferred home to the care of your community midwife. 

Parents and babyIf you plan to give birth in our Birthing Centre, your postnatal care will usually be carried on there. If you need to stay for an extended time, you will be transferred to the postnatal area.

On the wards, you and your baby will be cared for by healthcare workers including:

  • midwives
  • doctors
  • nursery nurses
  • health care assistants.

If your baby needs extra care you will usually be admitted to Ward 33 where extra staff are on hand. You will usually stay on this ward until discharge home


All the support and advice you need

If your baby is small or needs extra help with feeding you will receive help and advice from our Neonatal Nurse Practitioners who work closely with our Midwifery team and Nursery Nurses. 

In the past these babies would have been cared for in our Special Care Baby Unit.  We are now able to care for these babies on the ward which helps with bonding and promotes Breastfeeding.

Specialist screening for babies

After the birth your baby will be offered a newborn health screen by one of our paediatricians, neonatal practitioners or midwives.  This is a "check up" to assess that all is well with your baby and gives you an opportunity to discuss any concerns or worries that you may have. 

Your baby will also be offered a newborn hearing screen by a newborn hearing screener.  If there are any concerns your baby will be referred to a specialist for any necessary tests.

When your baby is about five or six days old they will be offered a Newborn Blood Spot Screening Test. This helps to identify babies that are at risk of rare conditions such as Phenylktonuria, Congenital Hypothyroid, Sickle Cell Disease and Cystic Fibrosis. 

Ask your midwife for any further information or visit the Newborn Blood Spot Screening programme website.

More information

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