After months of preparing and waiting, it’s finally time to take your baby home. Your focus for the coming weeks or months will likely be your new family member. While your attention will be on the baby, it’s important to keep yourself in mind as well. Adjusting to life with a new baby can take some time, but you can rest easy knowing the team at Banner Health is ready to help you through your postpartum journey.
Your body goes through several changes in a short span of time after having a baby, which is why the first post-delivery appointment is important for new moms. Your Banner Health doctor will likely schedule a post-delivery appointment with you within two to six weeks after having your baby. If you experienced a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor will likely schedule more than one post-delivery appointment for you. Your baby will have their first appointment three to five days after birth as well.
Breastfeeding after birth can have many benefits for both mom and baby. Banner Health recommends breastfeeding within the first hour after birth if possible. The first thick milk (colostrum) made during pregnancy and just after birth is very rich in nutrients and antibodies which can protect your baby from infections.
Breastfeeding can also help a new mom recover by releasing oxytocin to help the uterus contract, helping to naturally expel the placenta and reduce blood loss.
Banner Health recommends delaying your baby’s first bath for at least 24 hours after birth. Delaying their first bath can help keep their body temperature and blood sugar regular, increase the mother-child bond, and keeps the vernix on the baby’s skin to prevent drying out.
After birth, babies will go through a simple, heel-prick blood test to check for disorders that may not be apparent after delivery. These disorders can be genetic, blood, metabolic or hormone-related. Most tests usually happen after a baby has received at least 24 hours of breast milk or formula.
Taking a baby home can be overwhelming, especially for new parents. To make sure you’ve got all the necessary information on how to take care of yourself and your new baby, Banner Health offers discharge packets and information for your first few weeks post-partum.
Banner’s expert staff is here to guide you through your postpartum experience. If you have any postpartum questions, we’re here to help.