Hesperian Health Guides
Check the Baby Often During the First 2 Months
The midwife or another health worker should continue to look after the mother and baby after the birth. Mothers and babies can come to a clinic for checkups, but when possible the first checkups should be at home so they do not have to travel or be exposed to sick people at a clinic. Check the baby and mother the day after the birth, 3 days after the birth, and 1 week after the birth. Another visit at 6 weeks is helpful. Visit more often if there are any signs of problems. Visiting often is the best way to notice health problems before they become deadly.