Licensed midwives provide care to the postpartum mother for up to 8 weeks, and for newborns for the first 2 weeks of life. We encourage you to set up a relationship with a pediatrician for baby care after 2 weeks. Click here for a list of some pediatricians.
We believe that gentle support and guidance during the vulnerable early weeks postpartum is vital for new families.
Postpartum care includes:
- Breast feeding guidance and support
- Assessment of physical healing for mom
- Discussion around family planning and contraception if needed
- Processing/debriefing the birth experience
- Newborn metabolic screening
- Heart defect screening for newborns
- Routine newborn weight checks and feeding evaluations
- Screening for postpartum mood disorders
- Support and guidance around the challenges that can arise during the postpartum transition
- Community resources for additional care as needed.
The first days and weeks are important for successful breastfeeding, bonding, and physical and emotional transition to parenting. Most providers offer a single 6 week postpartum appointment, but families benefit from more attentive care and support. Therefore, we provide a home visit in the first 2 days postpartum as we believe that the best place for a new mom and babe is snuggled up at home together. The second postpartum visit, which takes place at the birth center in the baby’s 2nd week of life, would ideally be the first outing for mom and baby. We generally see mom and baby again in weeks 4, 6 and 8.