postpartum

Certified Nurse Midwives are educated and licensed to provide newborn care to healthy newborns for the first 28 days (four weeks) of life. We feel that caring for the mother and baby together in the first four weeks is a model which facilitates successful breastfeeding and provides parents access to additional support and guidance as they care for their newborn.

Your midwife will do a full newborn exam prior to your discharge from the Birth Center. You will be informed about any recommended procedures for your baby. As you complete your postpartum stay at the Birth Center, you will learn about breastfeeding and newborn care from your midwife and nurse.

At the home visit which can happen between one and three postpartum days, the baby will be assessed along with you. A Birth Center nurse will weigh baby, assist you with breastfeeding and talk with you about recommended tests, including the newborn metabolic screen. A midwife and nurse is a phone call away for any further questions and concerns.

At two weeks postpartum, the baby will come with you to the Clinic for an hour-long appointment with one of the midwives. We examine and measure the baby’s growth and development and do a newborn hearing screen.

When your baby is four weeks old, care will transfer to the newborn provider of your choice. We encourage you to find a pediatrician or family practice provider who will support and honor your choices as a parent.

Women’s Birth & Wellness Center offers a variety of free classes and support groups to help you along your parenting journey.

  • Babywearing classes
  • Cloth diapering classes
  • Breastfeeding Café
  • La Leche League
  • Dad’s Group