While you‘re at LMH recovering from a vaginal or a C-section birth, our expert nurses and lactation specialists – together with your doctor or certified nurse midwife – are dedicated to guiding you through the first few days of your baby’s life. The time after childbirth is important for bonding between mother and child, as well as between fathers, partners and siblings. We encourage this quiet time alone with your baby.
The postpartum period begins at childbirth and lasts six weeks, at which time you should visit your physician or midwife for your postpartum checkup. Taking a new baby home is one of the happiest times in a woman's life, but it also presents both physical and emotional challenges. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. During this time, it’s important to:
- Get as much rest as possible. You may find that all you can do is eat, sleep and care for your baby.
- Follow your doctor or midwife's instructions on how much activity, like climbing stairs or walking, you can do for the next few weeks.
- Eat properly, especially if you are breastfeeding. Taking care of yourself after delivery is just as important as taking care of your newborn. As you heal and adjust to being a mom, you should maintain a balanced diet, get plenty of rest and carefully increase your amount of exercise. If you are breastfeeding, eating properly is important for your baby’s health, too.
Because we care about your well-being long after you leave the hospital, we will complete a routine postpartum depression screening before you head home.
Got questions? We’ve got answers! Free support groups, staffed by experts in postpartum and baby care, are available to help moms “Journey through Parenthood.”
Breastfeeding Support Group
Do you have a nursing baby? Then plan to attend the free breastfeeding support group held most Mondays in the LMH Health Auditorium. You’ll have an opportunity to seek breastfeeding advice from a certified lactation consultant or educator and visit with other new parents. A scale will be available for weight checks. For more information, call ConnectCare at 785-749-5800.
Build Your Village, a Perinatal Mood Support Group
This free peer support and caring group is for new mothers suffering from pregnancy and postpartum mood challenges. The group is facilitated by an RN trained by Postpartum Support International and The Postpartum Resource Center of Kansas. For more information and to confirm attendance, call 785-505-3081.