After the birth
After the birth, your midwives monitor and assess you and your baby to make sure you are recovering well. They will perform a head-to-toe physical exam on your baby and help you with feeding.
Healthy birthing parents and babies who have midwives usually go home within four hours of birth. Before you leave the hospital, your midwife will talk to you about what to expectNewborn babies act differently than older babies. Find out more about what normal newborn breathing, colour, temperature, feeding, poops and pees look like in this hand-out made for new parents. within the next 24 hours. They will also provide you with written instructions about when and how to contact them if you have any concerns. If you need to stay at the hospital, the nurses there will look after you once your midwife leaves.
A midwife is always available to you by phone at any time, day or night, if you have any questions or concerns after giving birth. The day after the birth, your midwife will visit you where you live (or in the hospital, if you stayed) for your first follow-up visit.
Midwives provide all the early post-birth care you and your baby need in the comfort of your own home, including:
- routine newborn screening tests All newborns in Ontario are offered “screening” tests soon after they are born. These tests look for diseases that can: be invisible in newborns cause serious health problems be treated if caught early
- physical and mental health assessments
- parenting support and teaching
- feeding support