Post-natal Care

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

The length of a post-natal hospital stay depends on the type of birth, the hospital and the chosen delivery package. Usually, a mother stays at the hospital for three days after a natural birth and a week after a Caesarean section.

Post-natal care includes monitoring the health of both mother and baby, instructing the new parents on how to bathe the baby, as well as providing advice on vaccinations and breastfeeding.

A mother can also ask the hospital to continue providing post-natal care when she returns home. Fees for this service vary between state and international hospitals.

Four days after a baby is born, the following check-ups are recommended:

  • Head measurement
  • Skin, mouth, eyes and ears to check for bacterial infection
  • Heart and lungs
  • Abdomen and genitalia
  • Hips - to detect any abnormality and to avoid later difficulty in walking
  • Legs - for bow legs
  • Spine
  • Guthrie Test - for phenylketonuria

Further check-ups are usually scheduled at one, two, three, four, nine and twelve months.

Vaccinations

Vietnam’s National Immunisation Programme for infants and children up to the age of 36 months recommends the following vaccinations:

Newborn:

  • Tuberculosis (BCG) – can be repeated after four years
  • Hepatitis B
  • Poliomyelitis

One-month old:

  • Hepatitis B – second vaccination

Two-months old:

  • Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio – first vaccination
  • Meningitis, pharyngitis, PQ, pneumonia, Haemophilus Influenza (HIB) type B – first vaccination
  • Hepatitis B – third vaccination (4th vaccination after a year and 5th vaccination after eight years)

Three-months old:

  • Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio – second vaccination
  • Meningitis, pharyngitis, PQ, pneumonia , Haemophilus Influenza (HIB) type B – second vaccination

Four-months old:

  • Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio – third vaccination
  • Meningitis, pharyngitis, PQ, pneumonia, Haemophilus Influenza (HIB) type B – third vaccination

Nine-months old:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) combination vaccine – one dose (repeated after four to six years)
  • Varicella – first vaccination at nine months or one year old

12-months old:

  • Japanese B encephalitis – two vaccinations with an interval of one to two weeks; third vaccination

after one year

15-months old:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) combination vaccine – one dose

18-months old:

  • A+C meningoencephalitis – one dose (repeated every three years)

24-months old:

  • Hepatitis A – two injections six months apart
  • Pneumonia – one injection (repeated every five years)
  • Typhoid – one injection (repeated every three years)

36-months old:

  • Influenza – one dose