Going home

Depending on the type of birth you have and if both you and your baby are well, you can go home between 2 and 24 hours after the birth.

Discharge pack

You'll be given paperwork when you leave hospital.

Community midwife visits

A community midwife will contact you at home the day after you leave the hospital and will discuss with you future visits according to your specific needs.

Registering a birth

How and where to register the birth of your child. Read more...

Caring for your baby

Advice on how to care your baby at home. Read more...

Advice for you

Some tips to help you adjust to your new role as parent. Read more...

no-borderBreastfeeding drop-in clinics

So that you can get home with the least amount of delay, please make sure that you plan ahead: 

  • arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital by car (make sure you have a car seat for the baby)
  • where possible have help available to you at home
  • ensure that you have everything ready for you and your baby
  • make sure you have some paracetamol and/or ibuprofen in your medicine cabinet at home

Planning ahead will give you more time to rest and care for your baby once home.

You will be given a set of postnatal notes to take home, with information about your labour, delivery and postnatal care in hospital. The midwife who visits you at home after you leave the hospital will refer to them when planning your care.

You will also be given two envelopes containing copies of your delivery and discharge information. One is for your GP; we ask that you hand deliver this to your GP surgery within 24 hours. The other is for your health visitor; please keep this letter at home until your health visitor visits. They will be in contact with you in the next week to ten days.

The hospital staff will let your community midwife know when you are going home.

The Rosie Postnatal Guide (e-book)