​Postnatal timeline - Gunnedah


Time after birth of baby​Care for baby​Care for mother
​Birth day

​Vitamin K (Konakion)
Immunisation - Hepatitis B
Newborn baby check

By midwife or doctor

​Consent required
​1-5 days

​Hearing check

By State-wide Infant Hearing Screening Service (SWICH)

Hip check

By obstetric physiotherapist

May be an outpatient appointment

​Consent required
​3-4 days

​Newborn bloodspot screen

National screening for all babies for many treatable medical disorders

Heel prick by midwife or pathology technician

May be done at home by midwife

​Signed consent required
​Approx. 2 weeks

​Home visit by Child and Family Health Nurse (C&FHN)

  • Free NSW program for all families provides ongoing feeding and parenting support, including emotional as well as routine baby checks
  • Link made to C&FHN service before discharge from the maternity service
​2 weeks

​Visit your GP

Baby check

​Mother might discuss contraception or other issues
​6 weeks

​Visit your GP

Baby check

Immunisation for baby

​Postnatal check

PAP smear if required

Contraception discussion