After baby is born
Congratulations on your new arrival, some women choose to go home from delivery suite, but most will have a hospital stay.
Whether you stay a Waitakere Maternity Unit or transfer to Helensville Birthing Unit http://www.birthcentre.co.nz/ after delivery, you can expect to be seen by a midwife daily while in hospital to ensure you are getting off to a good start. We will also be visiting you at home for the first four or five weeks to make sure all is going well.
Our speciality is feeding and growing, once we have your baby putting on weight well, and we have no concerns about your healing after the birth, we will hand you over the your well child carer of your choice.
Things you wish people had told you
Not every woman has stitches, let’s hope you are one of them! If you do get stitches, try some Tea Tree Oil diluted in cooled boiled water, in a misting bottle after each toilet visit. This will help speed healing.
Most women breastfeed their babies, it is important to have a discussion with your midwife antenatally if you have any concerns about breastfeeding. We are very supportive and want to help you achieve your goals. We have a wonderful community base support network to help with any problems also:
Breastfeeding mothers and medicines
Not all medicines are safe to use while you are breastfeeding.
This is a healthy vitamin given to babies to stop them bleeding into their internal organs.
In the first week of baby’s life, one baby in 10,000 will have a serious bleed into an internal organ and cause brain damage or death.
One baby in 400 will have a minor bleed from an orifice. You cannot tell by looking at a baby which ones will bleed.
Vitamin K can be given by injection or three oral doses at birth, five days and six weeks.