Mother & Baby
You and Your Newborn Baby
One of the most special times of your life can be difficult with advice and tips coming from all directions, you will hear one thing one day and a different thing the next. the NHS choices website can provide all the latest advice, tips and guidance, and things to look out for, so you can enjoy the time with your newborn baby.
There's a huge amount to get used to in the first few days with your baby. There is the excitement of getting to know your baby, but you will also be tired and your body will be recovering from labour and the birth. It's a very emotional time for you and there is lots to learn and do.
When your baby is born, they will have a quick physical examination to check there are no major problems that need urgent treatment. Within 72 hours (three days) of birth, another more detailed examination will be carried out.
This includes screening of your baby's heart, hips and eyes (and testes in boys), plus a general physical examination. The test can be carried out by a baby specialist or specially trained midwife. It doesn't have to be done before you leave hospital.
Your baby will also have some routine health checks and care.
We have selected some links from NHS Chocies below: