Care after your pēpi is born
The care that you will receive immediately after your pēpi is born includes:
- a first check of your pēpi — usually a couple of hours (but up to 24 hours) after the birth
- putting your naked pēpi on your belly or chest straight away — skin-to-skin contact
- helping you to start breastfeeding when your pēpi shows signs they are ready — usually about 30 minutes after the birth
- care of the whenua (placenta)
- checking to see if the skin or muscle around your vagina tore during the birth, and stitching the area if needed.
- Checking your baby at birth and soon after — Ministry of Health (external link)
- Stages of labour, including skin to skin contact and care of the whenua
- Starting breastfeeding: The first feeds — Ministry of Health (external link)
- Tears and stitches — Ministry of Health (external link)
Some babies will need specialist care in a newborn baby unit.
If you give birth in a hospital
If you give birth in hospital you may want to stay for just the first few hours or for a couple of days. Talk to your midwife or doctor as part of your birth planning.
Once you are home
Once home, your midwife or a midwife working on behalf of your doctor will visit you regularly — at least 5 visits at home.
These health visits are to support you and your breastfeeding, and to check that you and pēpi are well.