Postnatal aftercare

If you give birth on the Birth Centre you, your partner and your baby may stay in your room until you go home. All other mothers and babies are transferred to Burstow Ward, our postnatal ward. Here a team of midwives, midwifery support workers and infant feeding co-ordinators ensure you and your baby are cared for and confident to go home.

Burstow Ward has 28 beds in 6-bedded bays and we also have several amenity beds.

Burstow Ward visiting times

  • Open visiting for partners or a supportive significant other
  • Siblings are welcome to visit during daytime hours
  • Family and friends: 2-8pm with a maximum of three visitors per bed (including partner/significant other)
  • During the pandemic, our visiting restrictions have been updated for yours, your families and our colleagues safety. Please click here for our full visiting restrictions.


Children under 16 that are not your own children are not allowed to visit – there are no exceptions, as this is an infection risk for the babies on the ward.

Ongoing support from the community midwifery team at the mother’s home takes place from the day after discharge to a minimum of 10 days, and up to 28 days if required, until handover to the health visitor. New mothers can phone the emergency numbers in their notes for advice.

More information

Burstow Ward information for women and partners Safer sleep for babie: a guide for parents Additional information for women and supporters staying overnight on Burstow Ward Download: Pelvic floor exercises – patient information Baby traffic lights ICON sash


Safer sleep advice from the Lullaby Trust

Caring for your baby at night: A guide for parents from Unicef

Building a happy baby: a guide for parents from Unicef

Best Beginnings – support and understanding for mums-to-be, new mums, dads, partners and families

More information about pregnancy and birth is also available on the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists website.