While you are in hospital
Use your time in hospital to enjoy your new baby, learn how to care for them, and rest and recover.
Use the experts. Depending on where you are, there may be a number of different experts in the hosptial who can help you with things like:
- breastfeeding, bathing, changing nappies, dressing your baby and settling your baby
- learning how your new baby is communicating with you
- recovering from the birth
- exercises you can do after a birth
- preparing to be with your new baby at home.
Help your body recover:
- Eat well and rest.
- If you need pain relief, ask for it.
- If you have stitches, ask for some ice packs.
- Let your midwife know if you have any problems or concerns.
If at any time you are worried about how you are feeling, physically or emotionally, talk to your midwife or doctor.
Related Health Topics
Breastfeeding your baby
This 16 page booklet is for mothers who are starting to breastfeed. In it you will find information on how to get started and how to avoid common problems when breastfeeding your baby.
- Breastfeeding your baby
Going home from hospital after your baby is born
Going home from hospital after your baby is born can be exciting but it’s busy and demanding too. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes but there are a number of things that you can do to help you and your family enjoy the early weeks at home.
- Going home from hospital after your baby is born
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