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Postpartum Care

With the birth of a child, it is only natural that in the minutes, hours and days following delivery, the baby is the center of attention. But it is also a time of great change—physically and emotionally—for you.

Your body experiences a wide range of changes. Nine months of slow physical growth is suddenly “deflated” with the appearance of the baby. Physically there is stretching, soreness, discharges and muscle relaxation. The abrupt change in hormone levels can also result in mood and emotional swings.

Special Care for New Moms

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare the wellness of both mom and baby are our primary concerns. Our expert staff includes registered nurses who are specially trained as postpartum nurse specialists. These nurses monitor and care for you during the postpartum (after delivery) period.

While the baby is being tended to by newborn professionals, a team of postpartum professionals will help you with your unique needs, providing personalized attention in how to care for yourself and your baby and answering your questions.

How We Care for You After Childbirth

Postpartum care involves managing all of the physical effects of childbirth that a woman experiences, which may include:

  • Post delivery contractions
  • Episiotomy care
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Leaking urine
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Breast soreness and/or leaking
  • Weight management

Postpartum nurses will evaluate your pulse, respiratory rate, temperature and blood pressure at regular intervals during the first hour postpartum and throughout your stay until discharge. Lab tests may be ordered to check for signs of anemia, infection or electrolyte imbalance. Nurses will also monitor your pain levels and provide pain relief if necessary and will:

  • Help you with showering as soon as allowed and watch for signs of weakness or lightheadedness
  • Monitor your urination and bowel movements for any difficulties
  • Assist you with walking and moving about until you are steady on your feet
  • Arrange a visit with a lactation specialist to determine the best nutritional path for your baby

Education & Support

The postpartum period begins after the delivery of your baby and ends when your body has returned as closely as possible to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.

A significant part of postpartum care is to ensure you are fully educated about all aspects of your health and the care of your baby.

For moms, we will also provide education to make sure you receive adequate rest, maintain a proper diet, exercise and strengthen muscles and prepare for going home. We also discuss emotional changes you may face, such as postpartum depression, and the resumption of sexual activity.

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