My baby is here - top tips for those first few days

Becoming a new parent is a wonderful experience but can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Babies need gentle care and handling - time to adjust to being in their new world.

Wherever you choose to give birth to your baby (at home or in hospital) it is important to know that there is always a midwife (your LMC or at the hospital) available at the end of the phone, or who can come and visit you to help you with any concerns or questions you have.

It is important to realise that your baby is completely relying on you and your partner for all that he/she needs. It is also vital that as new parents you take time to rest and sleep when you get the chance.