Experts in caring for the new mom
The minutes, hours and days following the birth of your baby is a time of great change physically and emotionally. At Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus, the wellness of both mom and baby are our primary concerns.
Our team of experts includes registered nurses who are specially trained as postpartum nurse specialists. These nurses monitor and care for the new mom during the postpartum (or post-delivery) period.
While your baby is being tended to by newborn professionals, our team of expert postpartum nurse specialists will be working to meet your unique needs during this time of physical and emotional transition.
The first few hours after childbirth
Postpartum care involves managing all of the physical effects of childbirth that a woman experiences, which may include:
Education and support
- Post-delivery contractions
- Episiotomy care
- Vaginal discharge
- Difficulty urinating
- Leaking urine
- Hot and cold flashes
- Breast soreness and/or leaking
- Weight management
A large part of postpartum care at the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Women and Infants is to ensure that you - as a new parent - are fully educated about all aspects of your health and the care of your baby.
The postpartum period, which begins after the delivery of your baby and ends when your body has returned as closely as possible to its pre-pregnant state, usually lasts six to eight weeks. During this time, we are available to provide counseling on infant care, breastfeeding, nutrition and supplementation, dealing with emotional changes such as post-partum depression, resumption of sexual activity and immunizations.