Homebirth

(13 Posts)
nappyaddict Mon 27-Apr-15 09:27:17

Do the midwives stay to do the newborn checks or do they come back and do them another day? normally in hospital they do them before you go home but I think the earliest they are allowed to do them is 4 hours after birth.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Mon 27-Apr-15 10:08:01

First time DH took her to the GP next morning. Second time mw came back. Was going to be that afternoon but for various reasons was actually the following morning. smile

rockybalboa Mon 27-Apr-15 10:15:07

My MW had to stay with us for two hours after DS3 was born at home . I'm not sure what checks she did but then I'm not sure what checks were done on DS1 and DS2 in hospital! I know DS3 had to go to a clinic a few days later for the hearing test but did the same with DS1 (hospital birth) as he wouldn't comply.

heliotrope Mon 27-Apr-15 13:50:40

Also had to drag newborn to bemused gp on day 2. Worst thing about home birth! Although the previous birth I think they had a specially qualified mW who came and did it at home... So much better!

Beesandbutterflies Mon 27-Apr-15 16:00:04

GP did a home visit a few days later

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Mon 27-Apr-15 16:04:07

Helio- I was in an overstretched bit of London when I (or rather, DH) had to go to the GP. In my new area, the community MW who had cared for me throughout the pregnancy did it. The reason for the delay was that she wasn't available that afternoon, I could have had it in the afternoon with someone else but he was my third and I was laid back about it.

It is shocking how much maternity services vary by area.

heliotrope Mon 27-Apr-15 17:50:18

Yes I think mine was because it was new years eve between a Sunday and a public holiday so no one around and I was up against the deadline for new born checks. 48 or 72 hrs I forget.
Should have thought of sending dp on his own, think I was a not ready to be thatcfar away from the new one!

Pantone363 Mon 27-Apr-15 17:51:54

Midwife came back and did it the next day. I think it has to be a specialist midwife though?

Roseybee10 Mon 27-Apr-15 20:57:21

MW stayed for two hours after birth and did some checks. MW then came back the day after and did the official check.

RugBugs Mon 27-Apr-15 21:05:30

Community MW did it (delivering MW was the supervisor). Where I am in Merseyside all the community MWs are meant to be able to do them.

Letmeeatcakecakecake Tue 28-Apr-15 14:44:39

Hmmm I know my midwife did a few checks the day she was born and a health visitor came the next day to do some more!

ChutesTooNarrow Tue 28-Apr-15 14:49:15

I got a home visit from our GP the day after birth.

laural24 Tue 26-May-15 15:50:10

I had home visit from gp the next day.

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