Information after having your baby
Important Coronavirus update.
New visiting restrictions from 24 March 2020
To help us minimise the potential spread of the coronavirus among patients and staff, please read and follow these new arrangements which apply to all visitors to Yeovil Hospital.
From 24 March 2020 no visiting will be allowed, unless there are exceptional circumstances:
– Patient receiving end of life care.
– Patients under the age of 18 (one parent/ guardian only)
– Specific reasons of safety (dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly)
These restrictions will be enforced to reduce the risk to patients, staff and any visitors, and to maintain the Government’s direction on social isolation.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. We hope that your stay in hospital has helped you begin to feel confident as you take your new baby home. The first few days with your baby can be a very emotional time for you and your partner. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Midwives from your team will endeavour to continue to support you at home during this time.
Postnatal care will be planned depending on the needs of you and your baby. This care will be given by midwives at home or in one of our midwife led drop-in clinics. Midwifery care can be provided for up to 28 days after birth. Care is then transferred to your GP and Health Visitor.
At weekends, Bank Holidays and during times of exceptional midwifery activity it may not be possible to provide postnatal care at your home. During these times a midwife led drop-in clinic will be provided in the antenatal clinic of Yeovil Women’s Hospital. This will cover any postnatal care, advice and support, including feeding help and support.
Our midwife led drop-in clinics are available for all women who have given birth at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, or whose midwives are from Rowan, Cedar, Maple or Oak Team.
For further information please phone 01935 384350 or 01935 384303 or speak to your midwife.
- Place your baby on his or her back to sleep, in a cot in a room with you.
- Do not smoke in pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
- Do not share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs (legal or illegal), are unusually tired or if you are a smoker.
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair. Sofas are dangerous for babies as they can become trapped down the sides or in the cushions.
- Do not let your baby get too hot – keep your baby’s head uncovered.
- Place you baby in the “feet to foot” position
How much bedding to use
The amount of bedding you use depends on the room temperature. However, the rule of thumb is a vest, a bodysuit, plus one sheet and up to three thin blankets. See guide above.
How to tell if your baby is too hot or cold
Feeling your baby’s chest or back is the easiest way to tell if your baby is the right temperature. A baby who is hot is likely to be grizzly and unsettled, and may be sweating. Your baby has immature circulation, so try not to worry if their hands or feet are chilly.
This is not an accurate indicator of the rest of the body’s temperature. Also, use your own temperature as a guide. If you are cold and need to put on an extra layer, then your baby is likely to be cold too.
Remember: One blanket doubled counts as two.
The safest place for your baby to sleep at night is in a cot or crib beside your bed for the first six months.
Bringing your baby into your bed means that you can breastfeed in comfort. However, it is easy to fall asleep whilst breastfeeding, so there are some important points to consider before taking your baby into bed with you.
If you decide to share a bed with your baby:
- The mattress on which you sleep should be reasonably firm
- The room should not be too hot (16°C – 18°C is ideal).
- The baby should not be overdressed – he or she should not wear any more clothes than you would wear to bed.
- The covers must not overheat the baby or cover the baby’s head.
- Keep your baby away from the pillows.
- Make sure you baby cannot fall out of bed or become trapped between the mattress and wall.
- Make sure your baby cannot get tangled in blind cords, dressing gown belts etc.
- Don’t leave your baby alone in the bed, as even very young babies can wriggle into a dangerous position.
- It is not safe to bed share in the early months if your baby was born very small or pre-term
Bed sharing is not appropriate if you or your partner:
- are smokers (no matter where or when you smoke and even if you never smoke in bed).
- formula feed your baby.
- have recently drunk any alcohol.
- have taken medication or drugs that make you sleep more heavily.
- feel very tired.
- are overweight.
- share the bed with older children or pets.
Baby – early days
Feeding needs amongst babies vary. Generally, a healthy full term baby will feed infrequently in the first 24 hours and then feed more regularly. If your baby does not feed regularly after the first 24 hours contact your midwife for advice. Your baby may need encouragement to feed at first. Be patient with them. Feed your baby on demand whenever they show signs of wanting to be fed and not by the clock.
This applies whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Skin to skin
- Skin-to-skin helps your baby adjust to being outside the womb. It can be used at any time by you or your partner, whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. It is particularly helpful in creating a bond with your baby. Skin-to-skin also helps your baby feel safe and secure and may help to calm your baby if they are unsettled.
- Contact your midwife for advice if your baby has any of the following:
- Becomes yellow in colour (skin and eyes) and more sleepy
- A red or smelly umbilical cord
- Does not feed regularly or is difficult to rouse for a feed
- Orangey spots in a wet nappy (you may think it is blood) on more than one occasion
- Cries for long periods of time day or night
Mother – Early Days
Perineal care (stitches and tears)
If you have had a vaginal birth your perineum may feel sore and bruised and you may find it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time. Keep the area clean and dry. Change your sanitary towel frequently. Wash your hands before and after you go to the toilet and before and after you change your sanitary towel. This will reduce the risk of developing an infection. Baths and showers will help, as will regular pain relief. Contact your midwife if your stitches become painful or smell offensive as this may be a sign of infection.
Blood loss (lochia) will usually be heavier than the first day of a period. You may need to change your sanitary towel every two to four hours and bleeding can be heavier during or after a breastfeed. If you have any concerns, contact your midwife.
You should drink plenty of water, especially if breastfeeding. Aim to empty your bladder every two hours. If you have any difficulty or pain passing urine, contact your midwife.
Caesarean section wound care
You can shower or bath but keep the wound area clean and dry.
Contact a midwife or GP if you have any of the following signs of infection; redness, oozing from the wound, heat around the wound or an increase in pain or tenderness around the wound.
Signs of postnatal depression
Baby blues is a mild type of depression that occurs after childbirth, usually up to ten days after giving birth. It can last from a few hours to a few days. During this time you may feel tearful and irritable, but no medical treatment is needed.
Baby blues is thought to be experienced by more than half of all mothers, and in milder forms can be thought of as normal. However, if symptoms are more prolonged and severe, it can develop into postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can affect women in different ways. Many mothers don’t recognise they have postnatal depression and don’t talk to family and friends about their true feelings.
The main symptoms of postnatal depression are:
- a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
- loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give pleasure
- lack of energy and feeling tired all the time (fatigue)
Other symptoms can include:
- disturbed sleep, such as having trouble sleeping during the night and then being sleepy during the day
- difficulties with concentration and making decisions
- low self-confidence
- poor appetite or an increase in appetite (“comfort eating”)
- feeling very agitated or, alternatively, very apathetic (you can’t be bothered)
- feelings of guilt and self-blame
- thinking about suicide and self-harming
Postnatal depression can interfere with your day-to-day life and can be associated with increased anxiety. Some women feel they’re unable to look after their baby, or they feel too anxious to leave the house or keep in touch with friends (NHS Choices 2014). Contact a midwife, health visitor or GP if you have any concerns.
All births must be registered within 42 days of the child being born. You should do this at the local registry office for the area where the baby was born. If you can’t register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another registery office and they will send your details to the correct office.
You will need to telephone the registry office to make an appointment. You should bring at least one form of identification when you go to the registery office.
Chard Registration Office
Address: Holyrood Lace Mill, Holyrood Street, Chard, TA20 2YA
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 4.30pm
Frome Registration Office
Address: Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, BA11 1BE
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 2.30pm
Gillingham Registration Office
Address: Gillingham Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham, SP8 4QR
Contact no: 01305 225153
Opening Hours: Wednesday 9.15am to 11.30am and Friday 2.45pm to 5pm
Shepton Mallet Registration Office
Address: Mendip Hub, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm
Sherborne Registration Office
Address: Sherborne Town Council Offices, Manor House, Newland, Sherborne, DT9 3JL
Email: Contact no: 01305 225153
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Friday 9.30am to 11.30am
Contact: Wells Registration Office
Address: Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, BA5 2RB
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm
South Somerset Registration Office
Address: The Library, King George Street, Yeovil BA20 1PY
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm
Contact: Bridgewater Registration Office
Address: Morgan House, Mount Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3ER
Contact no: 01823 282251
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
- Register baby with GP – you will need baby’s NHS number, this is can be found in the Child Health Record (red book)
- Postnatal check-up for mum and baby – You should have your postnatal check about six weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure that you feel well and are recovering properly
- You may be offered an appointment to go back to the hospital where you gave birth, but otherwise you should see your GP
- Discuss your contraception options with your GP or Family Planning Clinic
Yeovil midwives’ drop-in service Important Coronavirus update.
During this time you will be given an appointment time to attend the drop in, please do not attend a drop in clinic without an appointment.
10am – 12pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor
2pm – 4pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor
6pm – 8pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor Thursday
6pm – 8pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor Friday 2pm – 4pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor 9.30am – 12pm at Ashlands Children’s Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 7AL 1pm – 4pm at The Balsam Centre, Wincanton BA9 9HB Saturday, Sunday and all Bank Holidays 9.30am – 12pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor 2pm – 4pm at Yeovil Women’s Hospital, Ground Floor
Important Coronavirus update
The birth discussion has been suspended. Please speak to your Midwife if you have any questions about the birth of your baby.
Do you have any unanswered questions about the birth of your baby? It may help you to talk to a midwife in confidence who can explain what happened and answer any questions you may not have thought to ask at the time. If you have had a baby at Yeovil Maternity Unit or in the Yeovil area in the last ten years
and would like the opportunity to discuss your experience with a midwife, please phone Freya Ward on 01935 384303 and leave a message and one of our midwives will return your call.
Have you had a caesarean?
Did you know that women who have had a caesarean are able to give birth naturally ‘next
time’ around? This is known as VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). Our team of experienced midwives are available to discuss your choices and give you information for the next birth if you decide to have another baby.
Please phone Freya Ward on 01935 384303 and leave a message and one of our midwives will return your call.
As a patient, relative or carer, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice and support. This is where the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) come in. Our aim is to help sort out any problems or concerns you may have when using health services. The service is free and confidential. Call 01935 384706 or email email@example.com