Adjusting to Parenthood

Bonding With Your Newborn in Your Arms

As soon as possible after your baby is born, you will hold your newborn. As long as your baby does not need special attention, the two of you will stay in the Labor, Delivery and Recovery Room while you both recover from the birth.

This recovery time is a chance to put your baby to your breast for his first feeding. He will stay under an infant warmer or be “skin-to-skin” with you under a warm blanket until his body temperature is stable. 

Woman’s continues to care for moms after they give birth and go home.

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 the Internet, but most parenting know-how comes from hand-on experience.

Here are new parent tips

  • Know that you’ll be emotional. You may be joyous or depressed or something in between. Or, you may swing from one emotion to another, like you're on an emotional rollercoaster. Learn about the differences between the baby blues and postpartum depression

  • Don’t put too much pressure  on yourself to be the perfect mother. Be patient. You’ll need some time to get the hang of it. Remember to take care of yourself, too. 

  • If you had a C- section, you need to recover from both childbirth and surgery. Consider these helpful tips for your recovery. 

  • It takes time to regain your strength and endurance after giving birth. Your body has gone through a lot to bring another life into the world, and some of those changes will continue after your baby is here.  Be patient with yourself and focus on figuring out how to care for your new body. We can help you with nutritional counseling or personal training.

  • We offer classes and programs for new mothers, as well as postnatal fitness classes to help you regain your strength and endurance after pregnancy. 

Postpartum Wellness

  • Benefits for You and Your Baby

    Join fitness classes during your pregnancy and after baby. Enjoy the camaraderie of a group going through stages, achieving accomplishments, and getting stronger together.

  • Mom and infant in kitchen


    Postpartum period is critical to the health of the mother and infant, and to setting the stage for a healthy feeding relationship. Our registered dietitians offer strategies for mother and baby.

  • Physical therapy sitting on a large ball with hands out.

    Gentle and Strong

    A physical therapist works with you to build foundational strength, address changes in posture, joint mobility, tone your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, and relieve pain.