Right after your baby’s birth, your midwife will monitor your condition for approximately 2-6 hours. She will keep a close eye on your bleeding, checking to be sure that your uterus is staying strongly contracted. She’ll monitor your pulse, temperature, and blood pressure, and will help you get up to go to the bathroom. She’ll make sure you have something to eat and drink, to help you replenish calories and fluids lost during the birth.
At some point during the immediate postpartum period, your midwife will review some postpartum instructions with you. She will give you guidelines so that you will be able to know if everything is going normally once your midwife is no longer with you. She’ll also give you a chart to complete, tracking your temperature, pulse, and bleeding over the next few days. You’ll plan to call your midwife within the next 24 hours to let her know how things are going at home.
At 1-3 days postpartum, your midwife will visit you at home. In addition to checking the baby, she’ll check your bleeding and make sure your uterus is shrinking down as it should. She’ll also check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. Your midwife will also check to be sure breastfeeding is going well.
At 1-2 weeks postpartum, you’ll return to NOVA Natural Birth Center for another visit. At this visit, your midwife will check your uterus and bleeding, as well as your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. She’ll make sure breastfeeding is well-established, and she’ll answer any concerns you might have.
At 6 weeks postpartum, you’ll return one more time to NOVA Natural Birth Center. In addition to checking the baby, she’ll do a well-woman examination for you. You’ll discuss things like nutrition, exercise, breast self examination, resumption of your sexual relationship, and family planning. If desired, your midwife can do a Pap smear and pelvic examination at this visit.
In addition to the scheduled visits you will have with us, NOVA Natural Birth Center’s midwives will continue to be on call 24/7 for any concerns you might have.