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After Pregnancy

Mother Baby CareBefore we send you on your way, we’ll make sure everyone is healthy and has a good understanding of what to expect over the next few weeks.

We’ll help you fill out the paperwork required to get a birth certificate and ask you and any of the baby’s possible caregivers to watch the Shaken Baby Syndrome and Safe Sleep DVD.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding or caring for you baby once you leave the hospital, call your pediatrician’s office.

The First Six Weeks

The first six weeks after delivery is meant for snuggling with your newborn and getting to know each other. It’s also referred to as the postpartum period. Your body will experience many normal physical, mental and emotional changes. Focus on your health and the health of your baby by getting proper rest, eating healthy and cuddling every chance you get.

Baby Safety

Infant CPR

It's important for anyone who will care for your baby to learn infant CPR and how to help if your baby is choking.

We encourage you to register for our Adult/Child/Infant CPR class. You can also watch CPR videos at LearnCPR.org. Our nursing staff can provide Basic Life Support training to parents with babies in the NICU.

Postpartum Depression

When you first arrive home, it’s likely you’ll experience a range of emotions, including irritability and crying.You may feel overwhelmed with all of the changes. These feelings, often referred to as the “baby blues,” usually last a short time.

However, if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, talk with your doctor. You may be experiencing postpartum depression.

  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling exhausted or having low energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Feeling irritable, angry, anxious or nervous
  • Feelings of being a bad mother
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or the baby
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Uncontrollable crying

If you need immediate help, call your doctor or 9-1-1, or go to the nearest Emergency Room.