Monday, June 17, 2024

Beyond Introduction

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This is both an exciting and an exhausting time as you adjust to having a new baby in the family. You will have spent the first couple of days in hospital. Surrounded by skilled midwives available 24/7 to support you. You will have had regular visits from your obstetrician and your baby’s paediatrician. You will be well supported as you start to care for your baby. In beyond introduction section, you will find a mixture of evidence-based clinical advice on medically related matters.

Once you leave the hospital it can feel quite daunting to be on your own, especially if your family is overseas. You and your partner are starting to work out new routines and getting used to your baby’s cries. Are they hungry? Needing a nappy change? Too hot? Or just wanting a cuddle?

At the same time, your body is going through the post-pregnancy changes. You may be sore and tired from the birth but that will quickly pass. Everyone’s main focus at this time is quite rightly the baby but you need care too.

At we want to support your physical recovery from birth. Get your body back to your pre-pregnancy condition. We hope the advice here is useful to you. But remember, your obstetrician is still caring for you up to your 6-week postnatal check. And your paediatrician is available to support you if you have concerns about your baby.

This area of the website is for women who have recently given birth. It aims to tell you what to expect as your body changes in the postnatal period.

More Beyond Introduction Information

It’s also worth checking out help, advice, and any beyond introduction posts in our Baby Facebook Group. It allows you to ask questions, gain access to basic advice and share experiences with others facing the same new experiences. You can join here:

about the author

Dr Sara Watkin
Dr Sara Watkin
SPECIALIST PAEDIATRICIAN & NEONATOLOGIST - Dr Sara Watkin (MB ChB, MRCP (paeds), FRCPCH, MD) is a highly experienced, tertiary paediatric and neonatal (newborn) specialist, with paediatric & neonatal admitting rights at George Town. Sara has 30+ years experience as a consultant in the United Kingdom and Cayman Islands, including as Chief of Service at the world-renowned University College London Hospitals.
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