Postpartum Care for Mothers and Newborns

Postpartum Care for Mothers and Newborns

Caring for the mother and the baby from birth and through the next 6 weeks.

After delivery, it is important to make sure the fundus is firm. This may be accomplished by massage. Bleeding needs to be under control. She should be able to void. She needs to be fed and well hydrated, and generally cared for. The baby needs to be examined and nursing well. She should have a two week and six week visit also. At 6 weeks the placental site should finally be healed.

When to Call Your Pediatrician

  • No stools or urination in 24-48 hours
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Baby’s color is blue
  • Jaundice (yellow) with lethargy and failure to nurse
  • Vomiting Fever (over 99.6 under arm)
  • Umbilical cord red or swollen with odor

We encourage them to have help at home, either the husband taking off work for a while to help or her mother. Often, church members will bring meals in for at least 2 weeks.

After 6 weeks the placental site is healed. 

But Thou art He that took me out of the womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother's belly.

Psalm 22:9-10

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