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It is important that all mothers have a six week postnatal check-up. This may be at the GP clinic or at the hospital. Some women may prefer to see their GP instead of returning to the hospital where their baby died. When you make the appointment, it is a good idea to make sure that you will not be expected to wait with mothers who have had a healthy baby.
The main purpose of this appointment is to check the mother’s physical recovery after the birth. Couples might want to go together as this is also an opportunity to talk about your baby and about how you and your family are coping. You may want to discuss your options for contraception so that you have time before thinking about another pregnancy. You may also want to discuss the best time to start trying for another baby.
Some parents find it helpful to write down their questions before going to this appointment.