We will perform a newborn exam on your baby shortly after he or she is born. We require that your baby is seen by a family practice or pediatric doctor within the first week to be certain that things are progressing normally.
A new mom should spend all of her recovery time in bed with her baby. Your first outing should be to take baby to his /her physician during the first week.
The midwife will come to you for your first postpartum visit at 24-48 hours after birth. At that appointment, the midwife will check your vital signs, your uterus, your bleeding and your breastfeeding. They will also check baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels; and ensure that there are no signs of jaundice or problems, and that baby is transitioning smoothly to life.
You will return to see us at 1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, and 6-8 weeks for continued postpartum care.
If additional postpartum care is needed, we can recommend a postpartum doula service.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. They provide emotional and physical support, breastfeeding assistance, sibling care, meal prep, light housekeeping and basic newborn care.