Midwives provide full care for you and your baby for up to 6 weeks after you give birth. If all is well, the first time your baby needs to see a medical doctor (family doctor or paediatrician) is at 8 weeks of age.
For families who live within our catchment area, midwives usually make four postpartum visits during the first two weeks in your home, followed by two clinic visits at 3-4 and 5-6 weeks postpartum. We sometimes do additional visits for families in situations who need more support. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of your visits may be “virtual” via tele- and video-conference, to minimize exposure for your family, and our midwives.
The midwives remain on-call for you and your baby during this time in case of an emergency. Midwives are trained to provide breastfeeding support, and will work with you and your baby the help maximize your chances of success should you chose to breastfeed.