​Postnatal Timeline

​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

​Screening Hearing check (SWIS-H)

  • By 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
​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