Salisbury Foundation Trust

Postnatal Care

If you have an uncomplicated birth, you feel well and are happy with how baby is feeding, you may be able to go home within 6 hours of giving birth. If you need to stay in, you will be transferred to Beatrice Postnatal Ward.

Whilst on the ward you will be cared for by a team of midwives, doctors and maternity care assistants who will ensure you are advised and supported in all aspects of your baby’s care. Decisions about your postnatal care do not need to be made before you have your baby, as your plans may change.  You may therefore wish to discuss your options with your midwife at your 36 week antenatal appointment. It is essential to ensure you receive appropriate support when you are establishing feeding and that you receive adequate rest. The hospital operates a rooming in policy, which means your baby remains with you at all times unless concerns about their wellbeing require their admission to the neonatal unit, in which case you and your partner will be able spend time with your baby there.

Some women will require a review from the medical team prior to being discharged home. This may occur if you:

  • Have had a caesarean section
  • Have raised blood pressure requiring medication
  • Have existing medical conditions that require a plan of care.

Your baby may need a review by the Paediatric team if they:

  • Have been receiving intravenous antibiotics
  • Have been receiving treatment for jaundice
  • Have had a complicated delivery.
Postnatal Ward Routine
Visiting Times
Amenity Rooms
Postnatal Community Care
Newborn Screening Tests
Feeding Your Baby
Sleep safety and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.

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