You will be able to hold your baby as soon as possible after delivery. This recovery time offers a chance to put your baby to the breast for the 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 at the discretion of your doctor and your insurance provider. When needed, well-baby nurseries are located within Mother/Baby units, keeping infants close to moms and encouraging couplet care by the same nurse.
Our mother/baby rooms are equipped with a a television, private bath, and a sleeper couch for one adult overnight guest. Your baby will sleep in a bassinet right next to your bed.
Under the skillful care of your mother/baby nurse, you will begin to adjust to life as a new family. This time presents the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get to know your new baby.
Your baby’s pediatrician will examine your baby in your room, offering you yet another chance to learn how to care for baby before you go home.
While you are in the hospital, a member of the lactation team will visit you to address any breastfeeding concerns or problems. Your nurse will also be happy to answer questions and assist with feedings. We encourage you to watch the breastfeeding programming on our digital on-demand TV.
Give Yourself Much-Needed Rest
All new moms need rest. Not only are labor and delivery of a baby exhausting, adjusting to parenthood also takes hard work. Caring for a newborn 24 hours a day is both emotionally and physically demanding. As a result, you must rest as much as possible and let others help you. Try to sleep when the baby sleeps.
Seek Help and Avoid Lifting
It takes at least 2 weeks to recover from delivering a baby vaginally. It will take longer if you have had a Caesarean section. Let family and friends help with cooking, laundry and housework.
Climb stairs carefully. Do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
Rely on Woman's
Woman's continues to care for mothers after they give birth and go home. We know new mothers have a lot of questions, so our pediatric nurses can be easily reached by phone around the clock. Also, we offer several classes and programs for new mothers, as well as 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 articles, but a great deal of parenting know-how comes from experience. You and your baby simply must get to know each other.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Don't put too much stock in your emotions - you may be euphoric or depressed or something in between. Or, you may vacillate between one emotion and another, like you're on an emotional roller coaster. Learn about the differences between the baby blues and postpartum depression.
- Parenthood is not a cake walk. Don't expect to be the perfect mother from day one. You'll likely need some time to get the hang of it. You also need to remember to take of yourself.
- If you gave birth to your baby by Caesarean section, you will need to recover from both childbirth and surgery. Consider these helpful tips for your recovery after C-section.
- Don't expect to return immediately to your pre-pregnancy figure. Even though you may have dropped 20 pounds with childbirth, you still likely won't fit into your old clothes right away. We can help you with either nutritional counseling or personal training.
Be Patient with Physical Changes
There are also physical challenges to contend with during the post-pregnancy period. Vaginal soreness, breast soreness and painful bowel movements are common. Physical effects will vary depending on whether you had a vaginal birth or a C-section. Your practitioner will let you know what to expect.
Know that all the negative effects of childbirth will pale in comparision to the amazement and love you feel for your new child. You'll find that the difficulty, the pain, the sleepless night will have been well worth it.