Educational Resource Page for New and Experienced Moms
Did you know the maternal mortality and morbidity rates have pushed healthcare providers and your OB/GYN to closely examine all areas of your perinatal and obstetric health? The postpartum period that you have now entered is a time of heightened vulnerability and it is important that you take care of yourself, and when in doubt, ask for help! 61 percent of pregnancy-related deaths occur in the postpartum period, making it potentially more hazardous to you than your actual pregnancy.
Women Share Their Near Death Experiences: Being Aware of Symptoms After Discharge
Postpartum challenges of sleep deprivation, pain, fatigue, stress or mental health complexities will be some of the barriers you may face as you adapt to the fourth trimester. It is very important that you focus not only on the health and well-being of your newborn but also on your own health during this period as it can be a risky time for your health. We hope this page will help educate you and your family on the serious warning signs of post-delivery complications. If you aren’t feeling well, or know there is something not right, immediately return to the hospital. You are your own best advocate! Remember, you can always contact us for any educational information you might need at: Postpartum Clinical Education Department
The Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression Resources
The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression. Most new moms experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth. Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness, sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby.
Signs, Symptoms and Resources for Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression
Signs and Symptoms of Baby Blues & PD Document
It Can Happen to Anybody: Talking About Postpartum Depression
Car Seat Safety Resources
A few weeks before your due date, visit Car Seat Safety Check, call 866-SEAT-CHECK to locate a certified child passenger safety expert or stop by your local police department and make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly in your vehicle. Ask your spouse or partner to bring the care seat to the hospital when it’s time to go home. Here are some basic tips:
• If your baby has too many clothes on, the harness may not fit properly. If it’s cold out, put your baby in the seat first, buckle him/her in, then place blankets on
• The harness must be snug against the hips and shoulders.
• The chest clip should be level with your baby’s armpits.
• The seat must be installed at a 45-degree angle so that the baby is semi-reclining; his/her head must not flop forward.
• Once the seat is installed, push on it—hard. It shouldn’t move more than an inch in any direction.
The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons: the joyful closeness and bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. Here, you’ll find facts about breastfeeding and get practical tips on how to make breastfeeding work for you while getting the support you need. Breastfeeding is normal and healthy for infants and moms. Breast milk has hormones and disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs and illness. This protection is unique and changes to meet your baby’s needs. Some reasons to breastfeed are: breastfeeding offers essential nutrients and a nutritionally balanced meal, breast milk is easy to digest and breast milk fights disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months, and for
as long as both the mother and baby would like. Most infants may only drink breast milk for the first six months.
Making the Decision to Breastfeed: Moms explain why breastfeeding was such a natural choice
Secrets to Breastfeeding Success: Steps and strategies to help soon-to-be moms
Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges: How to work through the learning challenges of breastfeeding
Uncovering Breastfeeding Misconceptions: Find out how moms got past the tall tales about breastfeeding
Two Breast Pump Companies: Get information on their home breast pumps & receive additional breastfeeding support.