Here are some steps for healing your body as it works to rebalance itself both physically and emotionally.
Hold your baby as soon as possible after delivery. This recovery time is a chance to put your baby to your breast for his first feeding.
After a short recovery period from birth, the two of you will be transferred to a Mother/Baby room. How long you stay in the hospital is a decision made by you, your doctor and your insurance provider.
Our Mother/Baby suites are equipped with a television, private bathroom and a sleeper sofa for one adult overnight guest. Your baby will sleep in a bassinet right next to your bed.
Under the skillful care of your nurse, you'll begin to adjust to life as a new family. This time is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know your new baby. Your pediatrician will examine your baby in your room, offering you another chance to learn how to care for your baby before you go home.
Every baby deserves a beautiful photo. A newborn portrait session will be arranged during your hospital stay.
While you are in the hospital, a lactation nurse will visit you to address any breastfeeding concerns or issues. Your nurse is happy to answer questions and assist with feedings. We encourage you to watch the breastfeeding programming on our digital on-demand TV.
All new moms need rest. Having a baby is exhausting, but adjusting to parenthood is hard work, too. Caring for a newborn 24 hours a day is both emotionally and physically demanding. Rest as much as possible. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps and let others help you.
It takes several weeks to recover from delivering a baby vaginally. It takes longer if you have had a cesarean section (C-section). Always consult with your physician about recovery times. Let your family and friends help with cooking, laundry and housework. Climb stairs carefully. Do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
Woman's continues to care for moms after they give birth and go home. We offer several classes and programs for new mothers, as well as postnatal fitness classes to help you get back in shape after pregnancy.
While the life of a new mother is a rewarding adventure, the days, weeks and months following delivery are a time of adjustment. You can learn a great deal through classes, books and the Internet, but most parenting know-how comes from hand-on experience.
Here are tips to keep in mind:
- Know that you'll be emotional. You may be euphoric or depressed or something in between. Or, you may swing from one emotion and another, like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Learn about the differences between the baby blues and postpartum depression.
- Don't put too much pressure on yourself to be the "perfect" mother. Be patient. You'll need some time to get the hang of it. Remember to take care of yourself, too.
- If you had a C- section, you need to recover from both childbirth and surgery. Consider these helpful tips for your recovery.
- Don't expect to return immediately to your pre-pregnancy figure. Even though you may have dropped 20 pounds with childbirth, you probably won't fit into your old clothes right away. We can help you with nutritional counseling or personal training.
You'll have challenges during the post-pregnancy period. Vaginal soreness, breast soreness and painful bowel movements are common. Physical effects of childbirth vary depending on whether you had a vaginal birth or a C-section.
Keep in mind that all the negative effects of childbirth won't compare to the amazement and love you feel for your new child. You'll find that the difficulty, pain and sleepless nights are worth it.