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Postpartum Support

Staying with you if you need us

Once your baby is born, we give you privacy to enjoy special time with your new family member – but we are available at any time to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. Your private postpartum recovery room is designed so that your baby can stay with you the entire time in the hospital.

If you choose to breastfeed, it can take some time to fully adjust, but you can always find certified lactation consultants on-hand to offer breastfeeding consultation and support so you get off to the best possible start with your new baby.

Post-Hospital Care

Your Body & Mind After Giving Birth

Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but it is important that you are aware of some physical and emotional effects that you may experience after giving birth.

Physical Effects:

  • Sore Breasts – Your breasts may become painfully engorged when your milk comes in. The nipples may also be sore due to breastfeeding.
  • Constipation – It may be 3-4 days before you are able to have a bowel movement.
  • Hemorrhoids – This condition is quite common after giving birth and may make bowel movements painful.
  • Hot/Cold Flashes – Another common condition, which occur as your body adjusts to hormonal changes and blood flow levels.
  • Urinary/Fecal Incontinence – Muscles become stretched during delivery, which can make it difficult to control urine and bowel movements.
  • “After Pains” – The shrinking of your uterus can cause contractions, which can worsen as the baby nurses or due to medication taken to reduce bleeding.
  • Weight – Your postpartum weight is usually about 10 pounds below your full-term weight. This is mostly water weight.

Emotional Effects:

  • Baby Blues – Marked by irritability, sadness, crying or anxiety, the so-called “baby blues” hits about 80% of new moms to some degree. It is usually the result of hormonal changes, sleeplessness, exhaustion, unexpected birth experiences, and adjusting to a new role as a parent.
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) – A more serious condition that affects about 10%-20% of new moms. It can cause mood swings, anxiety, guilt and persistent sadness.
  • Postpartum Psychosis – This rare condition can be very severe and often includes difficulty thinking and thoughts of harming the baby. If you experience these symptoms call your doctor right away.
  • Sexual Relations – The birth of a baby can cause you to feel physically or emotionally unable to engage in sexual relations with your partner right away.

Most of these effects are normal and will go away, but if symptoms persist or become severe call your doctor.

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