Postnatal care

You should arrange a six-week postnatal follow up with your GP who will check both you and your baby.

Postnatal Visits

Your postnatal visits will be planned and arranged with your community midwife team, they will make contact with you and will visit you the day after your discharge home.

Safer Sleeping 

You will have been provided with information regarding safer sleeping when you were discharged home. Should you require further information regarding this. Please visit the Lullaby Trust for more information. 

Hearing screening test

This test is to find babies who have a hearing loss so that support and advice can be offered right from the start, so it is highly recommended. 

All newborn babies born at PAH or residing in west Essex are screened for their hearing. These tests will be carried out either in our maternity department before you leave, or at our satellite clinics: Herts and Essex Hospital, Saffron Walden Hospital, Rectory Lane Health Centre and Addison House Health. 

Read more about newborn hearing screening tests.

Feeding your baby

Breastfeeding has many health benefits - not just for your baby, but for you too.

Your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby, protects them form infections and diseases and helps you and your baby build a strong emotional bond.

Breastfeeding is good for your baby because it reduces their risk of: 

  • Infections
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Childhood leukaemia
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease in adulthood

For you, breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Osteoporosis (weak bones) 
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity

All our midwives and healthcare assistants are trained in infant feeding and will be able to offer you support and advice when you need it. We also have a Baby Friendly Initiative midwifery team are certified by the UNICEF Baby friendly initiative (BFI). 

The Baby Friendly Initiative

Set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, the BFI recognises hospitals the enable mothers to make informed choices about infant feeding and to be supported in that choice.

We are currently a Stage 3 accredited trust. 

Find out more about the Baby Friendly Initiative. 


BFI have created a range of helpful videos on breastfeeding to help you with questions you may have

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.