Postnatal Care for Mother and Baby

Postnatal Care for Mother

Getting the right postnatal care for mother is extremely important. The first six weeks following your baby’s birth (postnatal period) is a very important time not only for your baby but also for your own health and wellbeing.

As a new mother you will be faced with numerous physical, emotional and social challenges.

While there are some common postpartum body changes and symptoms, what you experience will be unique. What you experience will not be exactly the same as your friends.

Our goal is to provide you with access to effective, practical and supportive postnatal care that is essential for your current and future health and wellbeing. While your focus will be on your beautiful little baby we want to look after you!

Seek Medical Help when Needed

Your greatest resource during this postnatal period will be the one-on-one support from an experienced midwife. They can build a trusting and supportive relationship with you.

If you are unsure what help is available, please contact your local council or ask your doctor who will point you in the right direction.

Postnatal Care for Mother

What to expect from Postnatal Home Visits

A postnatal home visit can help to remove the stress associated with travelling to, and being treated outside the comfort of your home.

Home visits can also assist in overcoming the issues of travelling after a caesarean section. Unfortunately not all women have access to a midwife home visit.

If this is the case, please be sure to speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have with you or your baby.

How Can a Midwife Help You?

The role of your midwife during the postnatal period is to provide support, advice and care at a level determined in partnership with you.

A midwife can be a great source of information and support for you during your postnatal visits. A midwife will be there to ensure the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby after birth and assist you with breastfeeding and to help increase your confidence in your mothering skills.

It is ideal to make a list of questions in advance so that you are well prepared when the midwife arrives.

Postnatal Care Also Helps You with:

1. Talking about your experience of labour and birth.

2. Concerns about your own health.

3. Concerns about your baby’s health and development.

4. Offering suggestions on various sleep and settling techniques.

5. Any fears or anxiety you have regarding your baby.

6. Assisting you with feelings of sadness, anxiety or having the ‘baby blues.’

What To Expect During A Postnatal Visit

During each postnatal appointment, your midwife will conduct a range of checks to monitor your health and well-being. They will also check your baby’s growth and development.

Be sure to ask any questions upfront.

Checks may include:

  1. Your baby’s weight
  2. Looking at your baby’s hips and limbs.
  3. Taking your blood pressure.
  4. Checking your healing progress.
  5. Conducting a Newborn Screen Test.

What To Expect During The Six Week Postnatal Check

The six week postnatal check is a great opportunity check on the progress of your baby. It is also a great time to review your health and wellbeing and seek assistance for any outstanding concerns either physically or emotionally you may have.

This physical examination may include:

  1. Checking your baby’s weight.
  2. Breast examination.
  3. Checking your perineum if you had a tear or episiotomy.
  4. Blood pressure check
  5. Checking the healing progress of your incision (if you had a caesarean).
  6. Ordering follow up blood tests.
  7. A Pap Smear if one is due.

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Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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