Smoothing the fourth trimester and beyond
As you head home from your baby’s birth, you can rest a little easier knowing we are still here for you. Our postpartum services team continue to offer you support for many aspects of growing into motherhood and meeting your and your baby’s needs.
That’s why we offer postpartum visits to every mom who delivers at the Overlake Childbirth Center. We also have lactation consultants available to help you and your baby succeed at breastfeeding—whether you deliver at Overlake or not.
Your Postpartum Visit
You and your family will be scheduled to visit with a postpartum nurse, usually two or three days after you leave the hospital. During your visit, your nurse will make sure you and your baby are recovering well from birth.
Your postpartum nurse will also check in with you about breastfeeding and go over any other mom and baby needs. You can also ask questions about any concerns you have.
Additional Postpartum Services
- Breastfeeding support.
- A boutique offering retail sales of supplies, gear and a free baby-weighing station.
Postpartum Blues & Depression
The arrival of a baby is like no other experience in life. As a new mother you will feel joy, fear, confusion, exhaustion and love.
During the first few days after giving birth, you may also experience a certain sense of the "blues,” including impatience, irritability or crying. These feelings generally come and go quickly.
As many as one in 10 women experience stronger and longer lasting emotional symptoms known as postpartum depression. Postpartum depression may include:
- Inability to sleep.
- Lack of appetite.
- Deep sadness and frequent crying.
- Feeling angry or irritated with your spouse/partner or your baby.
- Feeling out of control, hopeless or worthless.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your Ob/Gyn about your symptoms. They can provide help to make your transition into motherhood much easier and happier.
Our Balance After Baby group gives new parents a chance to talk through the many challenges of life with a newborn in a safe and supportive environment. You can also read more about postpartum support by visiting Postpartum Support International.