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POSTPARTUM CARE INDEX
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The postpartum period following the birth of a baby is a very important time for the birthing woman, her partner and her family. Although the physical changes that occur with pregnancy usually resolve themselves by the end of 6 weeks or so following the birth of her baby, the postpartum period can include the changes in all aspects of the mother's life that occur in the first year following delivery. Some probably would say this goes on for 18 years or longer as the infant grows to childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Once a woman becomes a mother, she will be a mother for life - no matter how old she becomes and the age of her child(ren). Motherhood begins to change a woman from the time of conception and through pregnancy and comes into full force beginning with the immediate postpartum period following childbirth as her child becomes a separate and unique human being with its own wants, desires, dreams and demands. It is an intense responsibility that can feel enormously overwhelming and exhausting to an unprepared new mother (who is also undergoing major physical, hormonal, and recovery changes of her own).
Knowing what to expect once the baby is born can help you to manage the changes, lessen concerns, and develop realistic expectations. Emotional support and a partner's help with the baby, housework, and other daily responsibilities are related to maternal well-being.
For too long, standard medical care has neglected this phase of care for their new mothers, abandoning the new mother within the first few days after birth with her new baby to flounder on their own without any assistance or guidance. As midwives, we are concerned with maternal well-being during this crucial time period. We often will refer to the first three months of the postpartum period as the "fourth trimester" with the understanding that the experience of pregnancy and birth are major transformative times in the woman's life, physically, emotionally, psychologically, mentally and spiritually.
The preparation for the fourth trimester begins prenatally. Pregnant women will want to connect with other pregnant women or with women who have recently given birth. Exercise classes or support groups can serve as outlets for this connection and socialization. Once the baby has been born and the mother's helpers have resumed their own lives, the new mothers may find themselves alone and overwhelmed by the responsibilities, pressures and intensities of motherhood without anything to break the monotony. The mundane tasks, concerns and questions when shared with other women in the same phase will serve a purpose and assist these women in adapting to their new lives as mothers and caregivers.
It is in this fourth trimester that parenting skills are initiated and fine tuned. Prenatally, midwives assist the parents in obtaining these skills by suggesting books about breastfeeding, mothering and parenting, etc. Many midwives also introduce a parenting-baby care class into their prenatal educational classes. They encourage the parents to learn and experience basic skills, such as holding a baby, bathing a baby, diapering, and more during these training periods. Resource lists are given to the new parents for support and educational groups, including local chapters of the Le Leche League, a breastfeeding support group ran by breastfeeding mothers for breastfeeding mothers. These tools allow the new mother an opportunity to become comfortable with her new stage in life and her new social role, self-reliant, confident in her skills as mother and caregiver.
POSTPARTUM CARE INFORMATION INDEX
Postpartum Care: Bathing
Postpartum Care: Breasts & Breastfeeding
Postpartum Care: Contraception
Postpartum Care: Diet & Nutrition
Postpartum Care: Elimination Concerns - Bowel Movements & Urination
Postpartum Care: Exercise & Back Care - Getting Back Into Shape
Postpartum Care: Holistic Herbal & Homeopathic (Instruction For Midwives)
Postpartum Care: Perineal Care - Oh My Sore Bottom! Taking Care of Sutures.
Postpartum Care: Sexual Intercourse - Resuming Intimacy Following Childbirth
Postpartum Care: Vaginal Bleeding (Lochia) & Menstruation
Postpartum Care: Weight Loss After Childbirth
POSTPARTUM VISITS FOLLOWING HOMEBIRTH
PostPartum Visit: Day One
PostPartum Visit: Day Three
PostPartum Visit: Day Seven
PostPartum Visit: 4 to 6 Week Visit
PostPartum Visit Forms (For Midwives)
Postpartum Care: Baby Care & Concerns
Fatigue & Exhaustion
Postpartum Depression (The "Baby Blues")
NOTIFY YOUR MIDWIFE OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If you or your family member has questions about postpartum care. If you or a family member develops any unexpected and/or unusual symptoms or problems.
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information & Survival Tips
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information Index
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