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Care of your baby if your waters broke before labour started
If your waters broke more than 24 hours before labour started, your baby should be closely monitored by healthcare professionals for the first 12 hours after birth. You should be offered antibiotics if you have an infection, but not otherwise. If there are any concerns, you and your baby should be transferred to hospital if you are not already there.
You should let your healthcare professionals know straight away if you have any worries at all about your baby in the first 5 days after the birth, and especially in the first 12 hours.