During these crazy times, coming home from the hospital with your newborn baby can seem overwhelming. It is completely understandable if you feel anxious and anxiety is a natural reaction to the state of the world. However, you do not have to let that worry you. There are things you can do to make sure that you and your baby get to spend as much time together as possible.
How many postnatal appointments will I need?
The number of postnatal appointments you will have depends on you and your baby. In most cases, you will have at least 3 appointments that will take place after you have been discharged. One will be on your first full day home, and two more 5 and 10 days afterward, respectively. These meetings do not necessarily have to be in person and can be done via telephone or face-to-face.
The NHS has advised that all women should have their first postnatal appointment face-to-face at home. If you gave birth to your baby at home then this will be day one of the first day you have been discharged if you gave birth at a hospital or midwifery unit. You can find a useful RCM-provided infographic on how to prepare your home for a midwife here.
Is there an increased risk of getting the coronavirus?
There is currently no evidence to suggest that post-natal women are at an increased risk of catching coronavirus. Unless she is suffering from an infection or other kind of underlying illness, a pregnant woman’s immune system functions normally.
The best way to deal with any postnatal symptoms is to eat a balanced diet, perform mild exercise, and follow stay-at-home orders, and practice social distancing. There is no evidence that children, including newborns, are at a heightened risk of catching the virus and becoming seriously ill. Make sure to follow all proper hand-washing and social distancing guidelines to reduce the risk of infection.
If you have concerns about your or your baby’s health, do not hesitate to seek medical help during the pandemic. The Royal College of Pediatricians and Child Health (RCPCH) have compiled a list of guidelines for parents taking care of children during the coronavirus pandemic.
How does support work after giving birth?
Most women continue to see a midwife for 10-14 days after giving birth. However, if you are having difficulties, then you may be seen for up to 6 weeks. You may be able to see someone in person for midwife services or you can schedule a virtual call. Your hospital will give you information about local channels to get the care that you need.
Will I still have access to a health visitor?
Yes, you will still have access to a health visitor. Health visitors are still working and are likely to be offering telephone services on a 9-5 basis. Your healthcare visitor will ask you about your general health, baby’s general health, whether you are experiencing bleeding, how you are sleeping, and whether you have the support you need from family and friends at home.
Can I have visitors?
As of July, you can meet people outside of your house but there are only 3 groups of people you do not live with that you can meet. You can continue to meet single adult households and groups of 2 households, as well as meet anyone up to 6 people outside.
This pandemic is a rough time for everyone so we want to make sure you have the support you need. It is important that you take proactive steps for your health during this time.
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