The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Maternity Care

Care after your Baby is Born

After your baby has been born in hospital you will receive care on the Postnatal Ward or Transitional Care Ward. How long you have to stay in hospital will depend on the needs of both you and your 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

Postnatal ward 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.

If you plan to formula feed your baby you will need to bring ready to feed first milk formula and disposable bottles/teats into hospital with you.

Transitional Care

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 you and your baby are ready to go home your care is transferred to the Community Midwives who visit you at home until your 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. They will be able to offer support with infant feeding or early care of your baby. The Maternity Support Worker will liaise with the Community Midwife who is leading your midwifery care.

Worried about your newborn?

Are you worried about your new baby? If you think your newborn is unwell or you are unsure if their symptoms are normal, please phone 111 or your GP (doctor) for advice. In an emergency phone 999 or go to Children’s A&E at Leeds General Infirmary. Our MAC midwives cannot provide advice about the health of your baby once you have been discharged from hospital.

You can also find health advice about fevers, vomiting, bronchiolitis, breathing problems and other conditions in babies under 3 months at: Advice for parents of babies under 3 months. This website also explains the different symptoms to look out for and when to seek help.

Useful links

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for after your baby is born

Leeds Newborn Hearing Screening

Infant Feeding Support

Safe sleep for babies

Newborn screening tests

I'm a new mum - MindWell support

New baby - what's normal and what's not