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Postnatal care

It is important to receive care and support after you and your baby have left hospital. This is known as "postnatal" care. The hospital staff will talk to you about the support you and your baby might need.

Postnatal care options

You can choose from a range of care and support options:

Home visit by a midwife

Arranged through the hospital. Your regular doctor (GP) can also send a referral to the hospital.

See your regular doctor (GP)

Your regular general practitioner (GP) can provide ongoing care and support.

Lactation consultant

A lactation consultant specialises in breastfeeding. They are available at child health clinics and some hospitals. This service may have eligibility requirements or an additional cost. Please check with your care team.

Private midwife home visits

Arranged directly with your private midwife. This service will have an additional cost. 

If you are having trouble coping

If you feel anxious or depressed, our Perinatal Wellbeing Service can help:

Your GP or hospital can also arrange a visit.

Ongoing care and support

Child Health Services provides ongoing care and support from birth up until your child turns eight.

Telephone helplines

13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

If you have any concerns about you or your baby’s health, you can phone 13 43 25 84 to talk to a nurse. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Phone 1800 MUM 2 MUM (1800 686 268) for breastfeeding support.

Anxiety and depression helpline (PANDA)

If you think you may be suffering from anxiety or depression, you can call 1300 726 306 for help.

Last updated 1 July 2019
Last reviewed 22 May 2018