Your Postpartum Care Team
When it comes to postpartum health, one thing to take into consideration is your postpartum care team. This is the group of people that can help you and your baby feel supported after birth, whether you’re a new mom or have already had children. From providing resources to giving advice, to just simply being there, here are some ideas for building your best postpartum team.
Who to Include
There are a few different groups of people to include in your postpartum care team. The 4 groups that we find most important for your team are:
- Close friends & family
- Your care provider: an AWHC obstetrician or midwife
- Your baby’s provider: a pediatrician or other healthcare provider
- Other health professionals: specialists, nurses, and/or counselors like lactation consultants
How They Can Help
There are a number of ways that these different groups of people can help support you.
Friends & Family Can…
- Help you care for your newborn and any of your other children.
- Offer advice and support, both emotional and physical.
- Help you around the house.
Your Care Providers Can…
- Answer questions about your health after delivery
- Provide you with any necessary postpartum medical care
- Answer questions about your baby’s health
- Support you and your baby in your first few months
Other Health Providers Can…
- Help you with specific medical conditions
- Provide you with emotional support
- Give you breastfeeding counseling
Make A Woman’s Healing Center A Part of Your Team
At a Woman’s Healing Center, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive obstetric care, individualized to each patient’s unique situation and needs. Our obstetric services consist of preconception visits, prenatal, delivery, postpartum care, and childbirth education classes.
Fort Collins Labor & Delivery Options
We deliver babies at Poudre Valley Hospital, which offers the only Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Northern Colorado – it’s where other hospitals send moms and babies when something doesn’t go as planned or if emergent care is needed – but it also provides a wonderful atmosphere for those who need or want less intervention. We are able to support you through a healthy pregnancy and birth in both blissfully simple and very complicated obstetric cases.
Our Approach to Postpartum Care
Following the birth of your baby, our team of skilled all-female OB-GYNs and nurses are available to support you whenever you need it. We provide follow up visits as recommended by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – ACOG, typically 6 weeks following birth, although the actual number and times of visits may vary based upon your specific health care situation.
Our doctors are available to provide breastfeeding information and support and can connect you with other resources in the community as needed. During prenatal visits, we celebrate and encourage the whole family’s involvement in this exciting time and welcome partners and other support persons to participate in ultrasounds, prenatal checkups, and other appointments. This continues following birth – it’s not uncommon to see partners in our waiting room during postpartum care visits, and we welcome your baby at all appointments for as long as you desire.
We’re a family-friendly practice and feel honored to be a part of this wonderful time in your life.
Additional Information & Resources for Expectant Mothers
- Obstetrics Services at A Woman’s Healing Center
- Infants & Postpartum Care Articles
- Pregnancy Articles
- Labor & Birth Articles