The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Maternity Care

Care after your Baby is Born

Following a hospital delivery, inpatient care is provided on the Postnatal Ward or Transitional Care Ward. Length of stay is dependent on the needs’ of mother or baby. The midwife caring for you will discuss and plan this with you.

St James's Hospital
Ward J5
Tel: 0113 2069105

Leeds General Infirmary
Ward L36
Tel: 0113 3927436

Ward L44
Tel: 0113 3927444

Visiting Times:

Birth partners can visit between the hours of 8am and 8pm

Visiting for other friends and family is 14.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.00

We ask that there are no more than 2 people at the bedside at any one time

Please note: children of patients are welcome to visit - no other children please.

Newborn babies can catch infections, and therefore we ask that anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus, a cough, sore throat, cold or upset stomach does not visit you on the ward.

From 1 January 2017 if you intend to formula feed your baby you will need to bring ready to feed first milk formula and disposable bottles/teats into hospital with you.

The Transitional Care area is for babies requiring extra care but not admission to the Neonatal Unit. Babies remain with their mothers - who are actively involved in their baby’s care – the Neonatologist visits the ward daily to assess progress and discuss any concerns.

St James's Hospital
0113 206570

Leeds General Infirmary
0113 3927436

Visiting Times: Birth partners can visit between the hours of 8am to 8pm.
Please note: Patients children and Grandparents only 14.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.00

Going home with your baby

When mother and baby are ready to go home care is transferred to the Community Midwives who visit at home until the baby is ready to be transferred to the care of the Health Visitor.

Maternity Support Workers work as part of the maternity team, under the direction of the midwife. A Maternity Support Worker may see you at home, or in a local Children’s Centre as well as the midwife in the postnatal period, specifically to offer support in regard to infant feeding or early care of your baby. She will liaise with the Community Midwife who is leading the midwifery care.