​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 (SWISH)
​Consent required
​1-5 days

Hip check

  • By obstetric physiotherapist
  • May be an outpatient appointment
​​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