Leaving to go home
Before you leave to go home, you will need to have a baby capsule or car seat correctly fitted in your car.
Baby will also need to be weighed prior to discharge.
Discharge time from the Maternity ward is 9.00am. On the morning of your discharge a nurse will sign off on your discharge notes and give you your discharge letter. You may take the baby’s cot card and any remaining nappies home with you.
It is recommended you attend your local Child Health Clinic on a regular basis for ongoing monitoring of the growth and development of your baby. After you have given birth you will be encouraged to make your first appointment with your nearest clinic. It is advisable to make this appointment as soon as possible in order to obtain the earliest available time.
You will also need appointments with the Paediatrician and your Obstetrician for a six-week check up for both you and your baby.
After giving birth, you will be given your baby’s ‘Personal Health Record Book’ and a child youth & family health leaflet with a phone number of your local Child Health Clinic. Please take this book with you when returning to your paediatrician, family doctor, child health clinic or hospital. Your baby’s immunisation schedule is in the back of this book.
It is important to remember to contact your health fund to add your new baby onto your private health cover to ensure that they will be covered in the future.