Clients who birth in the hospital can opt for early discharge from the labour ward 2-4 hours after birth to enjoy the comforts of home in their early recovery. The midwife will follow up with a home visit after all births or discharges from the hospital in 24-48 hours and are available by pager for any urgent concerns for the full 6 weeks after birth. In the first two weeks, clients are offered 3 visits at home or in the hospital plus an additional phone check-in. At four weeks there is a phone check in and a final physical exam in the clinic at 5-7 weeks. A pap smear can be done at this appointment if it is due.
The focus of postpartum care is to monitor the health and wellbeing of the parent as they recover from the birth and transition to life with a new baby. The midwife will check vitals, look for signs of infection, monitor healing and assess blood loss. Breast/chestfeeding support, teaching and trouble-shooting is also an important component of the care provided when parents opt to give baby their own milk. Adjustment to new parenthood or a growing family is an emotional time and midwives also assess and provide guidance to support mental health. Midwives also support the development of the parent-infant bond and empower you with the knowledge and support you need to feel confident and comfortable caring for your baby. If a consultation with a physician is required in the postnatal period, we will arrange it.