After the Birth

It is helpful to understand what happens after the birth of your baby; in this section we explore everything you need to know, from cutting the cord to Skin-to-skin contact. And there is help and information about those early days with your baby, find out about breastfeeding, tests and checks for you and your baby and much more.

What Happens Straight after the Birth?

What to expect after your baby is born, including information on skin-to-skin contact, bonding, stitches and vitamin K injections

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Early Days

What to expect in the weeks and days after your baby's birth, including checks, feeding and poo

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Your Body after Birth

Advice about stitches, piles, bleeding and other physical changes after birth, plus tips to help you make a healthy recovery

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Special Care: Ill or Premature Babies

Find out about the special care given to babies born early (prematurely) or those who are sick, jaundiced or born with a disability

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Your Newborn Baby

If you notice anything that worries you about your baby, however small, speak to your midwife. Find out more

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Newborn Baby Guide

This guide includes everything you need to know about caring for your baby

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Mental Health

Feeling Depressed after Childbirth

Baby blues and postnatal depression, including symptoms and treatment of postnatal depression, plus puerperal psychosis and postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth

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Postpartum Psychosis

Information on postpartum psychosis (psychosis after childbirth), with links to other useful resources

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Tell Us You’re Pregnant

There are six NHS organisations in Sussex providing maternity care, you can register yourself directly using our self-referral page.

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