The first days and weeks after birth are a time of great change. You are learning to care for a new person in your family, experiencing major changes in your body, and incorporating your birth experience into your new life. We recognize that this is a sensitive time and we provide attentive care to help it go as smoothly as possible.
We Stick Around
We stay for about three hours after the birth. There is a lot to do. We do much more than examine mothers and babies, administer tests and procedures, and monitor vital signs. If there are no helpers in the kitchen we make a meal for the new family. Labor is hungry work. We tidy up around the house and start the laundry. We make sure that the new baby is off to a good start with breastfeeding. After the new family is fed and safely tucked into bed we continue to be available by telephone 24 hours a day to address whatever comes up. We are still on-call after the birth.
We Keep in Touch
We visit the new family 24 hours after the birth to check on the health of the new mom and baby. We help with breastfeeding. We patiently answer questions about newborn care. No question is insignificant. We take the time to discuss matters of the heart. New parenthood is filled with strong emotions. If all is well we visit three times during the first week. Sometimes we come more often. The postpartum visit schedule is flexible – different families have different needs. We typically visit two or three weeks after the birth and then again six to eight weeks after the birth
The Last Postpartum Visit
The last visit may include a pap test for mom and information about family planning. This visit is bittersweet for us. It is the end of our formal relationship, although we often keep in touch. We see confident new parents and a growing baby who are in some ways the same people we knew throughout the pregnancy and in other ways completely transformed. We love our work.