Postnatal Care - Royal Oldham

Postnatal care refers to the period after your baby is born. Our midwives and maternity support team are here to advise and support you to ensure that you and your baby get off to the best possible start.

Postnatal Ward 

Our Postnatal Ward is located on the first floor of The Royal Oldham Hospital. 

Going home - When will I go home following the birth of my baby? 

The length of time between your delivery and discharge home will be dependent on the health and wellbeing of you and your baby, but there is lots of support available in hospital and once you go home. After you leave hospital, you will be cared for by the community midwifery team. If you gave birth at home, you will continue to be supported by the community midwifery team. 

What happens if my baby is unwell? 

If you or your baby are unwell after you have given birth, you may need to stay on the unit for a little longer. If your baby is poorly, we may need to discuss arrangements for your baby to receive transitional care or for them to stay in our special baby unit/ NICU until they are well enough to go home. 

Contact Us

If you or your family need any advice or information after the birth of your baby, you can get in touch with the Postnatal Team by calling us on 0161 627 8181. 

Our Postnatal Ward team at The Royal Oldham provide a range of care for you and your baby during the period after your baby is born. Our midwives and maternity support team are here to advise you and support you to ensure that you and your baby get off to the best possible start. 

Transitional Care

If you or your baby are unwell after you have given birth, you may need to stay on the unit for a little longer. If your baby is poorly, we may need to discuss arrangements for your baby to receive transitional care or for them to stay in our special baby unit/ NICU until they are well enough to go home. 

Care for you and your baby after you go home 

After you leave hospital, you will be cared for by the community midwifery team. If you gave birth at home, you will continue to be supported by the community midwifery team. 

Tests and checks for your baby

On day 5 to 8 after the birth, you'll be offered two screening tests for your baby:

  • newborn hearing screening test
  • blood spot (heel prick) test

If your baby is in special care, these tests will be done there. If your baby is at home, the tests will be done at your home by the community midwife team.

In the early days, the midwife will check your baby for signs of jaundice, infection of the umbilical cord or eyes and thrush in the mouth.

Follow up care and appointments 

If you've given birth in hospital or a midwife led unit and you and your baby are well, you'll probably be able to go home 6 to 24 hours after your baby is born.

Midwives will agree a plan with you for visits at home or at a children's centre until your baby is at least 10 days old. This is to check that you and your baby are well, and support you in these first few days.

We will let your heath visitor know that you have had your baby so they can arrange to visit you. 

The Postnatal Ward is open all the time and you can get in touch at any time. 

If you have contracted Coronavirus or have symptoms of Coronavirus, please let the team know as soon as possible. 

Contact Us

If you or your family need any advice or information after the birth of your baby, you can get in touch with the Postnatal Team by calling us on 0161 627 8181. 

Your hospital stay - practical information 

Visiting arrangements

Visiting is available to the Postnatal Ward. Please check visiting times/ arrangements with the ward team. 

Meals

The Postnatal Ward team can provide you with a hot meal 24 hours a day and have a full range of snacks.

Smoking – CURE Team support for in-patients

If you are a smoker when you come into hospital to give birth, our specialist CURE Tobacco Addiction Service can provide in-patient support to help you quit smoking and they can refer you for follow on support via your community pharmacist when you leave hospital. You can find out more about our CURE team on our website.

The Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road
Oldham 
OL1 2JH

Infant Feeding Leads

The Northern Care Alliance has Infant feeding leads who are available to provide support to women who wish to breastfeed their baby.

Wendy Blackwood - Royal Oldham Hospital maternity, Neonatal Unit and Paediatric Services and other clinical areas including Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital 

E-mail: wendy.blackwood@nca.nhs.uk

Pauline Mulhall - Salford Health Visitor and Community Services and Salford Royal Hospital Infant Feeding Lead 

E-mail: Pauline.mulhall@nca.nhs.uk

Joanne Mayall - Oldham Health Visitor & Community Services 

E-mail: joanne.mayall@nca.nhs.uk

Vicky Thomas - Bury Health Visitor & Community Services

E-mail: Victoria.thomas@nca.nhs.uk

Amanda Hadlow - Rochdale Health Visitor & Community services

E-mail: amand.hadlow@nca.nhs.uk

The following websites are a good source of advice and information during your pregnancy:

Twins trust – supporting parents with multiple pregnancy

Dad matters

Rochdale and Oldham Maternity Voices Partnership 

Homestart (Oldham, Stockport and Tameside)

Oldham early attachment service

ICON - for advice about babies crying 

SANDS - Stillbirth and neonatal charity 

Healthtalk.org

NHS Choices

Follow us on social media 

You can follow our maternity teams on social media for useful tips and information. We have the following social media accounts: 

Instagram

Teamphoenixmidwives

Roh_postnatalward

Rochdale_community_midwives

Thetraditionalmidwives

Roh_birthcentre

rohlabourward

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