Postnatal care for your baby

Introduction

Under the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme (the scheme that provides free antenatal and postnatal care), the GP will examine the baby at 2 weeks and both mother and baby at 6 weeks.

The visit at 2 weeks is primarily to re-establish contact with your GP and to see how the mother and baby are getting on. The more widely known visit is referred to as the "6-week check". You can either go to your GP or your maternity hospital for this. The GP or the hospital paediatrician will examine your baby to check his/her development. They will check the baby's weight, length, head circumference and hips. They will discuss the baby's feeding patterns and general health with you, and address any concerns you might have.

Thereafter, your points of contact with the healthcare system will be via your GP, who will immunise your baby, and your public health nurse, who will visit you at home.

Page edited: 30 November 2018