Postpartum Care Home Visits
The first six weeks following your baby’s birth (your postpartum care period) is a very important time. Not only for your baby, but also for your own health and well-being.
All too often postnatal care for mother is neglected as priority is given to baby.
However, there is increasingly more attention being dedicated to assisting a new mother during this period.
As a new mother you will be faced with numerous physical, emotional and social challenges. There are some common postnatal body changes and symptoms.
What you experience will be unique and will not be exactly the same as your fellow mothers.
What to Expect with Postpartum Care Home Visits
Your greatest resource during this postnatal period will be the one-on-one support from an experienced midwife. You can build a trusting and supportive relationship with them and seek professional advice when needed.
If you are unsure what help is available, please contact your local council or ask your doctor who will point you in the right direction.
A postnatal home visit can help to remove the stress associated with travelling to, and being treated outside the comfort of your home.
Home visits can also assist in overcoming the issues of travelling after a caesarean section.
Unfortunately not all women have access to a midwife home visit.
If this is the case, please be sure to speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have with you or your baby.
How Can a Midwife Help You?
The role of your midwife during the postnatal period is to provide support, advice and care at a level determined in partnership with you. A midwife can be a great source of information and support for you during your postnatal visits.
A midwife will be there to ensure the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby after birth. They will also assist you with breastfeeding and to help increase your confidence in your mothering skills.
It is ideal to make a list of questions in advance so that you are well prepared when the midwife arrives.
Care for Mother Includes:
1. Talking about your experience of labour and birth.
2. Feeding, sleeping or bonding issues.
3. Concerns about your own health.
4. Concerns about your baby’s health and development.
5. Offering suggestions on various sleep and settling techniques.
6. Any fears or anxiety you have regarding your baby.
7. Assisting you with feelings of sadness, anxiety or having the ‘baby blues.’
What To Expect During A Postnatal Visit
Your midwife will conduct a range of checks to monitor your health and wellbeing as well as your baby’s growth and development. Be sure to ask any questions upfront.
Checks may include:
1. Checking your baby’s weight.
2. Measuring your baby’s length.
3. Checking your baby’s hips and limbs.
4. Your blood pressure.
5. Checking your healing progress.
6. Conducting a Newborn Screen Test.
What To Expect During The Six Week Postpartum Check
The six week postnatal check is a great opportunity check on the progress of your baby. It is also a great time to review your health and wellbeing.
And seek assistance for any outstanding concerns either physically or emotionally you may have.
This physical examination may include:
1. Checking your baby’s weight.
2. Completing a breast examination.
3. Checking your perineum if you had a tear or episiotomy.
4. Checking your blood pressure.
5. Checking the healing progress of your incision (if you had a caesarean).
6. Ordering follow up blood tests.
7. Completing a Pap Smear if one is due.
These postnatal check-ups are very important. They are important to check on your baby’s health and development. They are also important for YOU!