Mums and families at the heart of everything we do.

Postnatal Care


What happens when your baby finally arrives?

The first few days with your baby will no doubt be exciting and satisfying, but it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed and even emotional. 

There is lots of support of support available in hospital and at home, once you’ve had your baby.

We use the term ‘postnatal care’ to describe the care received following the birth of your baby.

If your Community Midwife feels that you are adapting well then you will be discharged to the care of your local Health Visitor and GP.

Your community midwife will discuss your options for discharge during the antenatal appointments and within your birth plan.

Following the birth of your baby, your midwife will discuss this with you again.

The length of time between delivery and discharge home will be dependent on the health and wellbeing of you and your baby.

If you have had a straightforward and uncomplicated birth then it may be suitable for you to have an 'early discharge' back home to be with your family.

At home


The day after you are discharged from hospital, your Community Midwife will contact you to check you and your baby are both safe and well, offer help and guidance on breastfeeding or other issues, and answer any questions you may have.

Your Community Midwife will come out to see you and your baby again between 5 and 8 days after the first visit.

This visit will involve carrying out the 'heel prick' blood test on your baby.

New-born blood spot screening identifies babies who may have rare but serious conditions.

Most babies screened will not have any of the conditions but, for the small numbers who do, the benefits of screening are enormous. Early treatment can improve their health and prevent severe disability.

More information on the NHS New-born Blood Spot Screening Programme can be found here.

The community midwife will visit you a third time to check how you and your family are adapting to family life.

If your midwife feels that you are adapting well then you will be discharged to the care of your local Health Visitor and GP. 

If you require additional support this will be arranged through your midwife.

Breastfeeding Support


We actively support breastfeeding at Morecambe Bay, and the many benefits for mother and baby.

You will be offered help and assistance by our midwives and support staff in hospital, and when you are back at home.

There are many organisations that offer breast feeding advice and support, such as:

Your community midwife or health visitor can offer contact details for local organisations.

Registering Birth


You must register the birth of your baby within 42 days of their birth in the registration district where they were born.

You will be given details of the registration process on your discharge from hospital, and your Community Midwife can assist with the process.


Surprisingly, you can get pregnant extremely quickly after having a baby. Although, sex may be the last thing on your mind, your midwife will talk to you about contraception.

We also encourage you to visit your GP or local Family Planning Clinic to discuss your choices further.

When can I use contraception after having a baby?

At Morecambe Bay Hospitals we will provide, compassionate, high quality, evidence-based and safe maternity services that meet the needs and wishes of all women and their families.

Mums and families at the
heart of everything we do.

Contact us

Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital
01229 491 035

Maternity Services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
01524 583 850

Helme Chase, our midwife-led Maternity Services
at Westmorland General Hospital

01539 795375