Congratulations! Our team will do follow up visits at the maternity ward after you have had your baby. You will have postnatal check-ups both at the hospital and your accommodation.
When your midwife is happy that you and bub are doing well it is time to make arrangements to head home. Keep in mind you will be in Cairns a week after your baby is born. This will be different if your baby is born earlier and your doctor will talk to you about this.
Every mum's journey is different: the following information is a general guide of what to expect after you have had your baby.
Post Natal Check Ups
You will receive postal natal check-ups daily whilst you are the hospital to make sure you and baby are doing well and have everything you need. By now you would have met our team and can call on them if you need any advice or support.
When you get back home show off your baby by visiting the clinic and make your six week check-up appointment while you are there.
First Few Months
The first few months can be rewarding but also very overwhelming as you and your baby get to know each other. Your child health nurse can be contacted if you have any questions or concerns you would like to talk about.
Your community Health Centre will perform a six week check-up for you and your baby and also carry out immunisations. Don’t forget to take your child’s red personal health record book to every appointment. At your six month appointment you will receive your third Baby Basket.
You will be given lots of information after your baby is born, here’s some general information that will come in handy
In your child’s red personal health record book is a list of needles and the age they can be given.
We will talk to you about breastfeeding and have some handy information for you to take home with you. Remember, you may think your questions are silly, but to us there’s no such thing.
Let a member of the Family Health Team or your child health nurse know if you would like to talk or be given more advice and information. You can also head to the Breastfeeding Association’s website for more information.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
SIDS means the sudden and unexpected death of an infant less than one year of age during their sleep. Go to the SIDS website for more information and tips on how to keep your baby safe.
Click here to download Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Safe Sleeping Resources.
It is exciting to see your baby grow and develop. Your child's red personal health book has useful information about what to expect at each stage.
Your Health Worker or child nurse will also be able to answer questions about your child or point you in the direction of someone who can.
The first few months can be rewarding but also very overwhelming as you and your baby get to know each other