Early Transfer Home

Early Transfer Home Breastfeeding

The midwife will

  • Call to see you in your home for four visits
  • Transfer your care to the General Practitioner (GP) and Public Health Nurse on day 5

Follow up care

  • Your baby will have a GP check up at 2 & 6 weeks old
  • You will have a GP check up at 6 weeks after birth.

Healthy babies

  • have normal colour for their ethnicity, (no jaundice within 24 hours of age)
  • maintain a stable body temperature
  • pass urine and meconium/stools
  • initiate feeds, suck well on the breast (or bottle) and settle between feeds (feeds at least 10-12 times in 24 hours if breastfeeding & 6-8 times in 24 hours if artificial feeding)
  • NOT be excessively irritable, tense, sleepy or floppy

If you are concerned bring your baby to the GP or Emergency Department

Safe Sleep for babies

  • The safest place for the baby to sleep is in the cot, in your bedroom
  • Place the baby on his/her back with feet to the bottom of the cot
  • Don’t smoke or allow anyone to smoke in the home
  • Don’t fall asleep in bed with your baby if you or your partner have taken alcohol
  • Use cellular blankets, avoid cot bumpers, duvets or baby nests
  • Don’t let your baby get too hot or too cold, room temp between 16˚-20˚C.

You may contact your GP or Hospital if you experience

  • Sudden and profuse blood loss or persistent increased blood loss or pass blood clots from the vagina
  • Fever >38˚C, shivering, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain and/or offensive vaginal loss
  • Headaches accompanied by visual disturbances and/or nausea & vomiting
  • Leg/Calf pain with redness or swelling
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain.
  • Feel unwell in any other way or have any concerns

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