Postnatal aftercare

If you give birth on the Birth Centre you, your partner and your baby may stay in your room until you go home. All other mothers and babies are transferred to Burstow Ward, our postnatal ward. Here a team of midwives, midwifery support workers and infant feeding co-ordinators ensure you and your baby are cared for and confident to go home.

Burstow Ward has 28 beds in 6-bedded bays and we also have several amenity beds.

Burstow Ward visiting times

  • 2-8 pm, with a maximum of three visitors per bed (including your partner)
  • 11 am – 11 pm for partners. Birth partners are not permitted to stay overnight (partners may stay for one hour in the event of birth between 11 pm and 11 am)

 

Your partner can visit between 11 am-11 pm, but we encourage other visitors to be kept to a minimum between 2-8 pm with only two extra visitors at any one time. Children under 16 that are not your own children are not allowed to visit – there are no exceptions, as this is an infection risk for the babies on the ward.

Ongoing support from the community midwifery team at the mother’s home takes place from the day after discharge to a minimum of 10 days, and up to 28 days if required, until handover to the health visitor. New mothers can phone the emergency numbers in their notes for advice.

More information

Download Burstow Ward information for women and partners Pelvic floor exercises – patient information

 

Caring for your baby at night: A guide for parents from Unicef

Building a happy baby: a guide for parents from Unicef

Best Beginnings – support and understanding for mums-to-be, new mums, dads, partners and families

More information about pregnancy and birth is also available on the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists website.