Postpartum care (care after the birth) with midwives continues for six weeks.
During this time there are scheduled appointments with your midwife at your home and/or in hospital, and at the clinic – you can also page anytime with urgent concerns or questions.
During postpartum visits, your midwives will:
Assess the health and progress of you and your baby
Assist with any breastfeeding difficulties and make a referral to a lactation consultant if needed
Weigh the baby
Offer routine newborn tests
Provide advice on normal newborn care and development
Discuss the physical changes you can expect after the birth
Usually a midwife will visit you about 12-24 hours after the birth, then two more times during the first week. Your midwife will come to see you, either at your home or at the hospital, for these visits.
If you or your baby are high-risk and have been transferred to a hospital outside of our area, your midwife will see you and your baby for appointments when you return home and will remain available by pager at all times.
Postpartum visits then take place at the clinic at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks after the birth. These will be conducted at clinic. At 6 weeks postpartum you and your baby are discharged from midwifery care to your family doctor.
We encourage you to make an appointment to take your baby to see his or her family doctor for a well-baby checkup at 8 weeks of age.
At your final visit, we will give you a copy of your records from the pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum periods.