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Everything You Need To Know About Postnatal Checkups & Appointments

Over the next year, you and your baby will have several appointments to make sure everything is going well and baby is hitting the usual expected milestones. Here's what you can expect:

In Hospital:

  • Newborn hearing screening-Before you and your baby leave the hospital, your baby will have their hearing tested. This is done to allow hearing issues to be caught early on so that treatment can be given early if required.
  • Heel prick test- A sample of blood is collected from your baby’s heel to check for genetic conditions
  • Paediatric examination- Before being discharged, your baby will get the once over from a paediatrician to make sure that they are happy for you to bring baby home.
  • Lactation consultation- If you decide to breastfeed, there is a lactation nurse on hand to help you with your queries etc. They are there to help iron out issues that often arise during the early days if you need them.
  • First bath-For first time mothers particularly, it can be a daunting prospect giving this delicate little thing a bath but there are nurses available to give you a hand and show you the best way to do it.

When You Get Home:

  • Your local Public Health Nurse will be notified by the hospital that you have had a baby. She will then visit you and baby when you come home and again a week later. She will check you and your stitches (if you have them), take baby’s height, weight and head circumference.

Check-Ups:

You and baby will have two post-partum check-ups. Both are free as they come under the remit of the Maternity and Infant Care scheme.

  • 2 weeks-When baby is two weeks, you will be invited to visit either GP or hospital. At this appointment, the doctor will give you the once-over and check baby’s height, weight and will ask questions about the birth, sleeping, feeding, how you are feeling and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • 6 weeks- This is basically the same as the last appointment but the doctor will generally want to also discuss contraception and what your plans are in terms of birth control.

Developmental Checks:

All the developmental checks are carried out by your Public Health Nurse (PHN) at the following intervals:

  • 3 months- Your PHN will go through information relating to baby sleep, feeding, weaning and other topics. She will also check baby’s leg creases, weight, length, head circumference and whether he/she is hitting developmental milestone such as the ability to grasp, hold their own neck up during tummy time. They will also check that baby follows an object with their eyes.
  • 7-9 months- The checks are similar at every check but the milestones are different every time.
  • 18 months
  • 3 years

Vaccinations:

There are quite a few vaccinations scheduled during the first year of your baby’s life. Given the fact that there has been a lot of divided opinion about whether to immunise your child or not, I will outline the schedule and let you do your own research and form your own opinion.

  • 2 months- 3 injections, Oral vaccine
    • 6 in 1 (Diphtheria, Haemophilus Influenzae B, Hepatitis B, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus)
    • Meningococcal B
    • Pnuemococcal Conjugate Vaccine
    • Rotavirus oral drops
  • 4 months- 2 injections, Oral vaccine
    • 6 in 1 (Diphtheria, Hib, Hepatitis B, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus)
    • Meningococcal B
    • Rotavirus oral drops
  • 6 months- 3 injections
    • 6 in 1 (Diphtheria, Hib, Hepatitis B, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tetanus)
    • Meningococcal C
    • Pnuemococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • 12 months- 2 injections
    • Meningococcal B
    • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • 13 months- 2 injections
    • Haemophilus Influenzae B/Meningococcal C
    • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Got any questions about postnatal appointments? Ask us in the comments!

About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog seriouslymammy.wordpress.com for more!

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Karina Leech
Does the health nurse or GP do the vaccinations? Also do I make those appointments?
29/05/2017 12:45:23

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