You and your baby

Whether you have your baby at home or in hospital, you will be offered postnatal care, support and advice to help you in those important first days.

We hope that the information in these pages will help you in adjusting to your new life together and if you have any worries about yourself or your baby.

During this period you may have some concerns about your health or that of your baby. It is important that you speak to a member of your healthcare team (such as your midwife, health visitor, GP or maternity support worker) if you have any concerns or questions. You and your family are encouraged to ask for help whenever you need it.

Support in hospital

You may choose to stay on the postnatal ward for additional support after birth. Alternatively you or your baby may need to stay in hospital for additional care and observation.

Support at home

If you have your baby in one of our hospitals you may go home from the labour ward if your birth was straightforward, both you and your baby are well and you want to. You will then be visited the next day at home by a community midwife.

Find out more about adjusting to life with your new baby.

Please find some useful information to help with newborn feeding.

Postnatal booklet

Download our postnatal booklet to help you adjust to life with your new baby.

Registering your baby

Registering your baby in West Sussex

Registering your baby in Brighton & Hove