Midwives will care for the baby from the time they emerge, through their first 6 weeks of life. Babies are watched closely for the first 2-4 hours in all birthing settings to ensure they are transitioning well to life outside the uterus. Baby’s health and wellbeing is assessed daily in the hospital if they are born there and stay, and the first home visit will be 24-48 after discharge or after a home birth. Babies receive at least 3 in-person assessments in the first 2 weeks plus at least one additional phone check-in. These visits occur at home unless the the baby is in hospital. There is a phone check-in at 3-4 weeks and a final physical exam at 5-7 weeks. If baby requires more monitoring than the routine care, we will provide it. If the baby needs to see a physician then we will organize a consultation.
The focus of baby’s care is to monitor feeding, growth & development and observe for any signs of infection or complication. Midwives also support the development of the parent-infant bond. We provide teaching on baby care and answer all the questions you have as new parents.
Each visit includes an assessment of feeding, output (wet and dirty diapers), taking vital signs, evaluating the cord & umbilical healing, weighing the baby and offering and conducting screening tests. Your midwives will empower you with the knowledge and support you need to feel confident and comfortable caring for your baby.
Whether the baby is fed human milk (at the breast/chest or from a bottle) or whether parents opt to give formula, midwives will ensure parents have the knowledge and skills to ensure the baby is fed safely and appropriately. Teaching, guidance and support of feeding is an important part of care for babies in their early life.
Babies receive ongoing care from their family doctor after they have been discharged from our care at 5-7 weeks. The baby will need to see their family doctor starting at 8 weeks of age and this is when the first immunizations are offered. Babies do not require a visit with the family doctor while under midwifery care if all is well. A meet & greet with the family doctor double-bills the healthcare system, as the midwife is being compensated for all the care a baby needs in the first 6 weeks of life.