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After the birth

Baby's first 24 hours

There is a lot going on in the first 24 hours of your baby's life, so find out what you can expect.

Mum's first 24 hours after birth

Find out what to expect in the first 24 hours after giving birth.

Your baby in the first few days

Find out what you can expect from your newborn, like how often they feed and sleep, as well as other things you need to know.

Mum's first few days after giving birth

A lot happens in the first few days after the birth of your child. Find out what you can expect to happen.

Vitamin K at birth

All babies need to have vitamin K to help the blood to clot and prevents serious bleeding.

Neonatal screening test

All parents are offered the opportunity to have their baby screened for a number of rare disorders.

Newborn hearing test

The newborn hearing screening test allows those babies who have hearing loss to be identified early.

Jaundice in babies

Jaundice is common in newborn babies and is usually harmless and disappears after 1 to 2 weeks. Find out about jaundice in newborn babies.

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

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