Postpartum support

During the first weeks after giving birth, called the postpartum period, your body begins to heal and adjust to not being pregnant. It's easy to get overtired and overwhelmed. Take good care of yourself. Make sure you get as much rest and help as you can.

Now you get to hold and look at your baby for the first time. It is common to feel excited, tired, and amazed all at the same time. If you plan to breast-feed, you may start to put your baby to your breast soon after birth. Don't be surprised if you have some trouble at first. Breast-feeding is something you and your baby have to learn together; you will get better with practice. If you need help getting started, ask a nurse or breast-feeding specialist (lactation consultant).

It is common to feel very emotional during the postpartum period. But if you have "baby blues" that last more than a few days or you have thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, call your doctor right away. Postpartum depression needs to be treated right away. Your doctor or midwife will want to see you for a checkup two to six weeks after delivery. This is a good time to discuss any concerns, such as birth control. If you do not want to get pregnant, be sure to use birth control, even if you are breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor about which type of birth control is best for you.

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Postpartum Guide (En espanol)

El tiempo posparto trae consigo muchos cambios tanto físicos como emocionales. La presente guía le ayudará a contestar preguntas sobre dichos cambios en su cuerpo así como de su atención posparto. 

Welcome guide – What to expect when delivering at Providence

It's natural to have questions about childbirth. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about delivering at Providence.

Baby’s feeding cues

How to know if your baby is hungry.

Bringing baby home: Instructions for home care

Congratulations on your new baby! We've put together a list of helpful information and links to access Providence postpartum care services.

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Postpartum depression

Having a baby brings many dramatic changes—changes in your lifestyle, your sleep, your hormones and your views of yourself and your family. It is not surprising that mood swings and feelings of sadness, resentment and self-doubt accompany your delight in your new baby.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding (Spanish)

Este folleto le proporcionará información básica para facilitarle a usted y a  su bebé el proceso de la lactancia. Usted aprenderá sobre:
  • los beneficios de la lactancia para la madre, el padre y la sociedad
  • respuestas a preguntas frecuentes sobre la lactancia
  • qué hacer para ayudar a que la lactancia tenga un buen inicio
  • por qué la lactancia materna es un asunto de salud pública y qué se está
  • haciendo para promoverla y protegerla
  • por qué debería hablar acerca de la lactancia con su médico o proveedor de servicios de salud y el pediatra de su bebé
  • dónde encontrar ayuda para la lactancia, y
  • qué preguntas acerca de la lactancia hacer durante su próxima visita al médico

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