First days

Getting to know your baby is exciting, but there’s lots going on – tests and checks, leaving hospital and registering the birth.

You and your babies first days together

Getting to know
your baby

It’s what you’ve spent the last nine months waiting for – meeting and getting to know your baby!

Tests you will be
offered for your baby

In the first days after the birth, you will be offered various tests to make sure your baby is healthy.

Babies who need
extra care

Some babies (around 1 in 8) are admitted to specialist neonatal units or children’s hospitals.

Going home

You’ll probably have mixed feelings about going home. It’s normal to be both excited and nervous.

Registering the birth
of your baby

The law in Scotland means that you must register the birth of your baby before she is 21 days old.

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