There should be a postnatal check at an appropriate time, usually six weeks postpartum, along with an infant check to determine the well-being of both mother and baby. This is usually conducted by a GP.
There should be a postnatal check at an appropriate time, usually six weeks postpartum, along with an infant check to determine the well-being of both mother and baby.
Our appointments are booked for one hour to cover both mother and baby.
The postnatal review involves a debrief of the pregnancy (if we haven't seen you before), unpacking the labour and birth and understanding your postnatal experience with recovery, breastfeeding, your mental health, etc. An assessment of wounds from tears/ episiotomies or caesarean section scars may be required, and we can conduct a cervical screening test if appropriate. Contraceptive advice along with a plan is covered as well and we can discuss whether any immunisation boosters are needed. If you had private obstetric care for your pregnancy, then this is usually covered by your obstetrician.
Six-week baby checks and immunisations are also recommended for newborns. The Bubble GPs are happy to provide six-week baby checks however we do not currently provide immunisations for infants at The Bubble. We currently have an arrangement with Windmill Hill Medical on High St and can easily arrange for your baby to receive their immunisations there.
Alternatively, immunisations can be booked through your own regular GP clinic or local government clinic.
Our baby checks consist of detailed history taking to understand everything from growth, feeds, sleep, poo's and wee's! A physical examination is performed from head to toe and weight check performed.
Postnatal care education, including information on the recognition of postnatal depression and management within the local community, should be available to both mothers and their carers. At The Bubble, maternal mental health is a priority. A referral may be made to a GP therapist, an accredited mental health social worker or psychologist, who specialise in perinatal mental health.