​Postnatal Timeline

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

​Vitamin K (Konakion) Immunisation – 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)
  • May be an outpatient appointment

Hip check

  • By doctor or midwife 
​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
​5-28 days

Breastfeeding Clinic

  • Outpatient appointment with Lactation Consultant for mothers and babies with breastfeeding challenges
​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