Your baby will be offered a series of routine health checks in the first few weeks of life. This will include a hearing screening test carried out by a trained hearing screener. A small soft-tipped earpiece is placed in the outer part of your baby’s ear, sending clicking sounds down the ear. When receiving sound, the inner part- the cochlea- usually produces an echo. The screening equipment picks up this response. The test only takes a few minutes and you can stay with your baby while it is done. The result will be given to you at the time of the test.
If you would like your baby to have more visits from a midwife than is offered through the NHS additional private maternity care can be provided by Simply Better Births. The private maternity services offered are available at your home, over the phone or at the London Clinic on Harley Street.