Post-natal Care

Find out about post-natal care for you and your newborn baby...

Mothers and babies are closely monitored after birth. Following a birth in a birth centre or hospital, women can opt for an early discharge programme and go home after 48 hours, or 72 hours after a caesarean. Recommendations for length of stay after delivery vary from hospital to hospital. Breastfeeding is encouraged and there is generally a lot of support available to assist new mothers with this.

A midwife will generally complete two home visits after birth to provide support in the following areas:

  • Arrange a consultation with an obstetrician or other health care professionals should any complications arise following birth
  • Complete post labour checks for the mother (stitches, blood pressure)
  • Support, advise and provide professional care after the baby is born
  • Provide breastfeeding support
  • Assistance in the event of post natal depression

Midwives also work in community health care clinics, which provide additional support after the home based support is complete.

  • For further information on midwife support from the Australian College of Midwives: Click here

Health Checks for Babies

From birth, family doctors or paediatricians provide care for babies and children including performing routine check-ups to monitor growth and development and the administering of immunisations.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are strongly encouraged in Australia and incentives are offered for completing a child's vaccinations in the appropriate timeframes. Pre-schools and schools often require a vaccination record at registration.

  • For information on Australia's recommended immunisation programme: Click here