Postnatal Care

The journey to motherhood extends well beyond the moment of childbirth, and at Intimate Journey, we understand that the postnatal period is equally significant. At every birth I am blessed to witness my client’s transformation into motherhood, whether it’s for the first time or many times over.

Immediate Postpartum

I love to honor the pause as baby emerges into the world. The mother has worked tremendously hard to push her baby out and the baby has been on it’s own difficult journey to come earth side. They both need a moment to breathe and then look into each other’s eyes and meet for the first time. I believe the parents should be the first to touch their baby and the first voices their hear on the outside. That brief moment immediately after birth is fleeting and so special and one of the most important times for your baby. During this time, I am observing mother & baby to make sure all is within normal limits, soaking in that oxytocin high & blissful first meeting.
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Suturing with Lidocaine if deemed necessary  (We use special techniques and instructions to the birthing mother to prevent vaginal tearing)

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Assessing the newborn including APGAR score

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Monitoring mother & baby vitals

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Making sure bleeding is under control

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Gentle vaginal examination for abrasions & tears

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Birth of the placenta

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Family bonding in bed

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Warm protein meal and herbal tea

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Feeling uterine tone

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Mother is stable & able to void

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Full newborn examination including weight

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Midwives clean up the mess!

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Postpartum instructions discussed with the parents

Newborn examined by nurse during first checkup.
It’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.
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– Barbara Katz Rothman

Postnatal Care Visits

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How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

  • Wet & Poopy diapers
  • Comfort & body language at the breast
  • Weight gain
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One home visit at 48 hours postpartum & 2 office visits (3 & 6 weeks)
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Monitoring the health & wellbeing of mother and baby
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Mother & Baby vitals
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Checking in on uterine tone & bleeding
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Evaluating milk supply
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Answering questions & addressing concerns
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Reviewing the birth
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Assisting with proper latch and breastfeeding holds
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Evaluating mother’s emotional well being & postpartum support
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How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

  • Wet & Poopy diapers
  • Comfort & body language at the breast
  • Weight gain

Support

Postpartum Support Group

Discover a safe and nurturing space in our Postpartum Support Group where you can find understanding, camaraderie, and guidance during your journey through early motherhood. Open to all! Checkout our 2023 schedule below.
Nurse checks newborn baby as sibling watches attentively.
Midwife Erin Ashley with baby
Family enjoying time with newborn baby at home
Midwife with clients
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