After your baby is born, a midwife will:
Depending on the needs of you and your baby, you may need to be transferred to the Postnatal Ward. A team of Midwives, Maternity Care Assistants, and Doctors will provide your care.
If you do not require to stay in hospital you will be discharged directly from the labour ward or The Birthing Unit. There is an option for you to transfer to St Peters or WJC, if you would like to.
Please note Mid Essex Hospital do not provide routine transfer for women or babies between hospital sites. For example if a mother and baby are transferring from the Postnatal Ward to St. Peter's Maternity for ongoing care then they will need to make arrangements for their own transfer.
You will be visited the day following your discharge. You may receive additional support from our Community Maternity Care Assistants, who can help you with breastfeeding and caring for your new baby.
Partners and baby’s siblings may visit between 9 am and 9pm.
Other visitors: daily, 3pm to 4pm & 7pm to 8pm
No under 16 years (except own children) and only 3 adults by a bed.
Partners are not permitted to stay overnight. However, on occasion, this can be discussed if there is a clinical indication with the midwife in charge.
Feeding your baby
We actively promote breastfeeding and acknowledge the Baby Friendly Initiative of supporting all women in their choice of infant feeding. We have recently been awarded Level 2 accreditation of the Baby Friendly Initiative.
Ways in which we will help mothers to breastfeed successfully.
During your pregnancy, the health benefits of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed successfully will be discussed with every woman. Your midwife or health visitor will answer any questions you may have.
We provide an environment that is conducive to breastfeeding immediately after birth and on the Postnatal Ward. Trained staff will always be available to provide practical help with breastfeeding.
You will have the opportunity to hold your baby; your midwife will offer and facilitate skin-to-skin contact soon after the birth. You will be supported to breastfeed as soon as you and your baby are ready
A member of staff will be available to explain how to position and attach your baby to the breast effectively and to help with feeds while you are in hospital. Appropriately trained staff will also show you how to hand express your milk.
Normally, your baby will be with you at all times. If any medical procedures are needed, you will always be invited to go with your baby.
You will be encouraged to feed your baby whenever he or she seems to be hungry.
Most babies do not need to be given anything other than breast milk for their first 6 months. Your options for different methods of feeding your baby will be discussed with you in order to make an informed choice.
To help your baby to learn to breastfeed well, we recommend that you avoid using bottles, dummies and nipple shields.
For those mothers who have chosen to formula feed, we will offer information and support to help you prepare feeds and sterilise feeding equipment as safely as possible
Before you leave hospital, you will be given a list of telephone numbers of people who can provide extra help and support with feeding when you are at home
Useful contact numbers for Breast Feeding Support
Breastfeeding Support Service is available between 09:00am and 09:00pm 7 days a week. They will contact you within the first 3 days postnatally and offer information, telephone support and one to one and group support. Contact : 07795 612776
NCT Breastfeeding support helpline: 0300 330 0771. This support line is open 08:00am- 10:00pm 7 days a week.
NHS National breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 1212. This support line is also 7days a week 09:20am- 09:30pm.
Throughout Essex support groups cater for women who are breastfeeding as well as women whom are pregnant and wishing more information. These groups cover Chelmsford, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Burnham on Crouch, Braintree, Witham and Halstead.