A midwife will visit you and your baby usually the day after you have been discharged from hospital. Please give her your discharge information to read.
If your midwife has not visited you by 4pm please phone the Community Midwifery Office on 0151 604 7682
You will remain under the care of the midwife for a maximum of 28 days; you may be discharged sooner if there are no concerns.
Below are a list of contact numbers should you require advice or need to speak with a midwife:
- Maternity Triage: 0151 604 7111
- Maternity Ward: 0151 604 7131
- Community Midwifery Office: 0151 604 7682 (8.30am-4.30pm)
We will notify your health visitor of the birth of your baby. They will be in contact when your baby is between 10 days to 2 weeks old.
General Practitioner (GP)
We will inform your GP of your delivery and details of your new baby. You will need to complete a form for your new baby to register with your GP surgery.
You will need to contact your GP’s surgery six weeks following the birth of your baby for a routine postnatal examination and a follow up Newborn Physical Examination (NIPE).
If you have any concerns about yourself, or your baby being unwell please contact your GP’s surgery or NHS 111.
If you have any feeding problems these can be discussed with your Midwife or Health visitor. If you have any urgent concerns please contact the Maternity Ward.
It is possible to become pregnant again very soon after the birth of a baby, even if you are breastfeeding and even if periods have not returned. It is important to plan contraception in advance. You can obtain further information from the GP, Health visitor, Sexual Health Clinic or visit Sexual Health Wirral (see link to their website in Related Links to left of this page).
Cervical Screening Teat (Smear)
This should be discussed at your postnatal examination with your GP. If you were due a cervical screening test while pregnant, this can be rescheduled for 12 weeks after birth.
Pre pregnancy counselling
If you require advice from a health professional before planning your next pregnancy please contact your GP who will arrange the appropriate referral. Women with pre-existing medical conditions such as Diabetes may need to be seen by a Specialist at the hospital when planning a pregnancy.
It is a legal requirement that you register your baby within 42 days from the birth.
Your registration office is the Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, CH41 5EU
You must book an appointment by either phoning 0151 606 2020 or visit Wirral.Gov website (see Related Link to left).
Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SID’s or Cot Death
To reduce the chance families, should follow the key advice for baby sleep
- Put babies on their BACK for every sleep
- In a CLEAR, FLAT SLEEP SPACE
- Keep them SMOKE FREE day and night
Additional information can be found from The Lullaby Trust (see Related Link to left of this page).
Please complete any medication prescribed for you or your baby. Please ask your GP if you have any problems or require a repeat prescription.
Newborn Hearing Screening
If you have been discharged home prior to your baby undergoing a Newborn hearing test an appointment to attend the hospital will be sent out to you in the post. If you have any queries regarding this please contact the Newborn Screening Office on 0151 604 7497.
Postnatal Debrief Service
As part of your postnatal care, we offer postnatal debriefing to women who require it. This is available if you feel you have questions about your care, your birth or wish to discuss your experience in more detail.
We offer two midwife-led services.
- If you have questions regarding your birth or the care you received, or if you have any concerns or complaints about your care, you can speak to a midwife about this.
- If you have experienced a traumatic or complex birth, you can meet with the Consultant Midwife for a debrief, where you will be offered further support to recover from this.
If you feel you would benefit from a debrief, please speak to a midwife on the ward or your community midwife who will be able to make a referral for you.
For more information:
- Read more in your Personal Child Health Record (Red book)
- Visit Module 7 After your baby is born on the Wirral University Teaching Hospital Parent Craft Education site
- Discuss any problems with your midwife or health visitor
- All mothers are encouraged to stay in hospital until feeding is established
- Maternity support workers work closely with community midwives to support you in your own home.
- Koala North West Supporting Children and their Families - Breastfeeding support (see Related Link to left of this page).