After your baby is born - Postnatal Care
Once your baby has arrived, you and your partner will be given plenty of time to get to know your new arrival. It’s exciting but you will be tired and your body will be recovering. There is also a lot to learn and do.
Our midwives will be able to show you the ropes and give you the confidence you need to start your journey through motherhood.
If all is well, you’ll spend a short while on our postnatal ward where we’ll help you get ready to go home and offer any advice – including physiotherapy advice, if you need it.
If your baby is born too small, too sick or too soon, he or she will receive specialist care in our neonatal intensive care unit,where we can care for babies born at 28 weeks’ gestation or later.
And if your baby is born later, at 34 to 36 weeks and is well, you can both be cared for in our transitional care unit so we can help your baby learn how to feed.
After giving birth you will stay on the postnatal ward. For many mums and their new babies this is a very short stay.
On the postnatal ward, care will be given to prepare you and your baby for going home. This can include advice from the physiotherapist.
If your baby needs specialist care they may be cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit.Tuesday 8 to 4pm - 7.5 hours
wednesday 11 to 6pm - 7 hours
Thursday 1pm to 6pm - 5 hours
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers specialist care to babies born too small, too sick or too soon.
The unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital can look after babies born from 28 weeks onwards.
On the unit you will meet:
- specialist nurses including neonatal and children's nurses
- nursery nurses and health care assistants
They are all there to support you and your baby during your stay on the unit.
Your baby may be cared for in the neonatal unit if they require intensive/high dependency care.
The length of time your baby will spend on the unit could be anything from a few days to a few months. We will always keep you informed of your baby's progress and encourage you to help with all aspects of your baby's care. The unit has a parent room where you are welcome to stay nearer your baby. These rooms can also be used before your baby goes home to help you build your confidence.
Transitional Care Unit
If your baby is born at Worcestershire Royal Hospital between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy and is well, you will be admitted to the Transitional Care Unit (TCU). Here we can help your baby learn to feed. All babies are different but this can sometimes take up to two weeks.
TCU is a small unit caring for between five and eight babies and their mums. It is part of the postnatal ward. Our aim is to provide the extra care and support you need to enable you to feel happy and confident when your baby is ready to go home.
You and your baby will be cared for by midwives and nursery nurses.
If your baby is born before 34 weeks gestation and has spent some time on the neonatal intensive care unit, you may also spend some time on TCU. This is to help your baby develop until they are well enough to go home.
Although most of our babies are born early, we also care for any baby and their mum who may need extra help or support.
Did you know that breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of:
- Diarrhoea, vomiting and gastroenteritis
- Chest infections
- Being obese and developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life
- Ear infections
- Sudden infant death syndrome/ cot death
- Developing eczema
You benefit too because it:
- Lowers the risk of breast cancer
- Lowers the risk of ovarian cancer
- Lowers the risk of postnatal depression
Becky Davenport, Infant Feeding Advisor
01905 760507 or 07767 440971
Caroline Payne, Infant Feeding Advisor
Tongue Tie assessment clinic
For: Breast and bottle fed infants up to the age 16 weeks
If you are experiencing feeding difficulties and suspect your baby of having a tongue tie (sometimes known as frenulotomy or ankyloglossia), or if a tongue tie has been diagnosed by a health professional, a referral may be made to our specialist midwives in infant feeding / tongue tie practitioners, Becky and Caroline.
- Please note, if you're using an Apple device (such as a iPhone or iPad) please use the Pages app to complete the form, and then convert back into a word document before sending via email. This will ensure we can read the referral.
On our receipt of this completed form we will contact you by telephone within a week.
During the call we will assess the need for you to attend an appointment at the Tongue Tie assessment clinic.
Clinics are held at Worcestershire Royal Hospital only at present, due to social distancing restrictions.
For further information on tongue-tie please read the tongue tie parent information leaflet here.
NEW Criteria for review in Tongue-tie Clinic
Only babies who have been born at Worcestershire Acute NHS trust or live in the Worcestershire will be seen and the baby will need to be at least 1 week old and not more than 16 weeks of age (or calculate corrected gestational age). All assessments will be individual.
Babies will only be seen in clinic when one of the following criteria is met:
- Breastfeeding has not improved with ongoing feeding support from the infant feeding team
- Bottle feeding has not improved with paced bottle feeding and change of bottles and teats
- The baby has not regained birth weight by 3 weeks of age
- There is slow weight gain (<20g per day)
- The mother continues to have pain when breastfeeding, despite ongoing support