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After The Birth

This resource is the fourth in our Your Choice series. It contains information on the procedures and interventions that are offered to  mothers  (namely the Anti-D injection) and to their babies during the early postpartum period following birth. The pamphlet provides information about the benefits and risks of the following tests and procedures:

  • Anti-D injection for mothers
  • Cord blood banking
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn baby check
  • Vitamin K injection
  • Jaundice
  • Newborn metabolic screening
  • Newborn hearing screening
  • Length of postnatal stay
  • Postnatal care visits
  • Well child provider
  • Vaccinations 

None of these tests are compulsory and it is important that the midwife or doctor explains each of the tests or procedures that are offered. It is your choice as to whether or not you or your baby have any of them.

Copies of our After the Birth resource come to the community for free, we only charge for post and packaging. Please see our "Order our Resources" tab for more details or contact mscc on mscc@maternity.org.nz.