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Postnatal Support and Advice

Postnatal suppot and advice
Calm birth and baby

Once you and your baby leave the hospital or a birthing centre, it is an obligation that a midwife comes to see you and your baby at home within 24 hours. The hospital will ask you if you already have a midwife to do the postnatal follow ups for you and baby at home. If you have not found anyone the hospital will provide one for you. It is always better to find someone before baby is born so you can chose your midwife.  

The early days and weeks with a new baby can be one of the most rewarding but also the most challenging of times. There are suddenly so many changes this new little person brought into your life, including new things to do and learn and questions to find answers to.  It is the time when support, understanding, and help are essential.

 

I have had 15 years of experience as a midwife with new mothers and their newborn babies in a community setting as well as hospital. After the first home visit there are  subsequent routine visits which should be arranged with you depending on yours and your baby's needs. The purpose of  midwife visits and appointments are to ensure that you and your baby are both ok emotionally and physicaly, including support with feeding and caring for your baby.

If you have a basic LaMal Swiss insurance your insurance will cover 100% up to 10 postnatal visits (16 if it is your first baby, premature baby or baby was born by a Caesarean section) unto the first 56 days of baby's life. International insurances also cover my fees, but you need to check with your provider how many visits they will covered.  

Postnatal visits include:

For Mum:

  • Assessing your health and mental wellbeing

  • Making sure that you are recovering well after the birth of your baby

  • Screening for PET

  • Debriefing after birth

  • Perineal check (if stitches or episiotomy were required)

  • Removing stitches or staples after Caesarean Section

  • Teach you how to perform pelvic floor exercise

  • Discuss diet and exercise​

  • Advice on contraception and sex after having a baby

  • Checking for signs of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

  •  Advice on medication and breastfeeding

  •  Advice on prevention of infection

  • Screening for postnatal depression

For Baby:

  • Assessing baby’s health and vital signs including jaundice levels (blood test)

  • Newborn screening blood test (Guthrie test) 

  • Checking for any abnormalities or signs of infection

  • Assessing feeding

  • Weighing baby

  • Cord check

  • Advice on swaddling, bathing, cord care, nappy changing, carrying baby

  • Demonstration on how to prepare a bottle

  • Teach you how to hand express and use pump

  • Advice on safe sleeping with baby  (prevention of SIDS)

  • Responsive feeding

  • Checking latch

  • Answer any of your questions backed up by the latest research​

  • Additionally, as a lactation consultant, I can help you resolve  breastfeeding issues and help with positioning and attachment. For more complex feeding issues please go to 

Expat midwife Geneva
Postnatal support and advice
Postnatal Visit and Advice Home Visit

A home visit  for you and your baby. 

Your basic Swiss LaMal insurance will reimburse you 100% for  10 postnatal visits and up to 16 visits if it is your first baby, baby was born prematurely or you had a Caesarean Section. Your are also entitled to 3 visits by an IBCLC. 

For breastfeeding complications please  refer to a 

" My husband and I found the first few weeks very hard after our baby Thomas was born. The internet had so much conflicting information and we felt very confused. Mirka was amazing. She spend lots of time with us, checked Thomas, weight him, observed him feeding and answered all our questions."

Maria B.

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