Postpartum Self-Care

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Congratulations on your delivery! You are now in the postpartum, or "fourth trimester", phase of your health care. The fourth trimester is generally considered the 12 first weeks after giving birth. Learn what to expect during the first weeks with a newborn and how to manage your overall health postpartum. Our team is here to support you with expertise you can trust.

We know that each postpartum experience is unique and may require different levels of physical and mental health support while you're caring for your newborn. We're here for every step of your recovery, from pelvic floor therapy to postpartum depression support, we offer comprehensive postpartum care services that focus on holistic health.

Postpartum Care in the Hospital

After giving birth, you will receive inpatient postpartum care in our hospital. This could last for 24 hours to a few days, depending on your personal birth experience, insurance coverage and hospital rules. While you recover in our hospitals, your partner can be with you the entire time, including sleeping in a maternity suite as a family. For visiting family members, see the patient visitor guidelines and restrictions for the UnityPoint Health birth center where you're delivering. 

Postpartum Self-Care at Home

Becoming a new parent is an exciting time, and every birth story is a little different. Our team of medical experts is here to answers your questions, provide expert medical guidance and offer support services to keep you healthy through your postpartum journey. 

Postpartum Services

Postpartum Appointments

Keeping You Healthy

Postpartum OB/GYN appointments are critically important to focus on a new mom's physical, mental and emotional health. In the "fourth trimester", or recovery time after pregnancy, many new mothers experience pain, fatigue, postpartum depression or other health concerns. Scheduling your postpartum checkup ensures your OB/GYN can help address any concerns sooner than later to keep you healthy and well.


Pelvic Floor Therapy

A Critical Part of Postpartum

Many women may benefit from pelvic floor therapy after pregnancy. These therapy sessions are unique to the pelvic floor, and include the use of strengthening exercise, quieting/relaxation techniques and lifestyle modifications. Learn what services are available near you by exploring our therapy and rehabilitation locations.


Managing Your Mental Health

You are not alone

Women go through a lot of emotional and physical changes when having a baby. Mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety impact about 15 to 20 percent of all women who give birth. You are not alone. We are here to help.


Breastfeeding

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for you and your baby - and is a beautiful and natural way to bond. Our qualified lactation services staff is here to provide extensive breastfeeding education and support, such as breastfeeding classes, inpatient support, postpartum home visits and lactation consultations.

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Newborn Care

Welcoming a baby home can be equally exciting and overwhelming. You may find yourself searching online more than ever in those first few months: How often should a newborn eat? When should you call the doctor if your baby has a fever? When do babies start sleeping through the night? From feeding to sleeping and everything in between, we’re here to help keep you and your little one healthy.
Newborn Care Resources