The period of time following the birth of your newborn is known as the postpartum or postnatal period. A midwife's services continue in the days and weeks following the delivery of the baby, some of the most challenging and exciting times for mothers and families.
The mother and baby are closely monitored by the midwife following birth. The midwife will monitor a woman's physical well being, review birth stories, provide emotional support, as well as perform physical exams of the mother and newborn.
Postpartum care begins immediately following the birth of the baby and includes:
- Newborn exam
- Breastfeeding support
- Mother's care and physical exam
- Advice regarding infant care
During this time, the midwife can also address any health problems, concerns or questions the mother may have regarding her general well being and newborn care.