Skilled and Compassionate Postpartum Midwifery Care
The midwives and staff at CCWC are sensitive to your specific needs immediately after your birth. Postpartum is a special time for you and your family to bond, recuperate, breastfeed and get to know your new little one. Our team of midwives is dedicated to making the transition from birth center or hospital to home as seamless as possible.
We believe in minimal separation of mom and baby. It is our standard practice to delay cutting the umbilical cord and have baby remain on mom’s abdomen or chest in the minutes after birth. All assessments can be easily done while baby is with you. Some of the benefits of skin to skin are: Keeps baby warmer, regulates breathing, keeps blood sugar higher, increases bonding, helps mature the digestive system and immune system and breastfeeding is initiated sooner.
The 'Golden Hour', the first hour postpartum, "allows the new mom and baby to enjoy the first breastfeeding together and experience the intimacy of skin-to-skin contact before anything else is done eases baby’s transition from the womb into the world”. - (Dr. Bob Sears, pediatrician)
Initiation of breastfeeding within the first 1-2 hours is best practice. The evidence shows that babies will look to nurse within the first couple hours after birth. Your midwife and nurses will support this natural physiologic process and set you and your baby up for breastfeeding success. For ongoing challenges with breastfeeding we have a Lactation consultant available by appointment.
Routine newborn screening is done including weight check, assessment of feeding, jaundice screening and non-invasive cardiac screening. All states require a newborn metabolic screen which screens for metabolic diseases in the newborn. All of these screening tests are the standard of care for newborns postpartum. In addition to the home visit, you will return to the office for a 1 week visit where a hearing screen is done for baby and your last scheduled visit will be at 6 weeks.
We are still here for you. We continue to care for you for 6 weeks after your baby is born. We are a constant support system for new mom and families as they adjust and adapt to parenthood. Continued care after your baby is born depends on where you gave birth. If you had your baby at the birth center, postpartum care includes a visit to your home by a midwife or registered nurse to check on you and your baby. This is done around 24-48 hours after birth. If you had your baby at the hospital, one of the midwives will see you and check in each day you are at the hospital. After discharge you return to the office for a 2 week and 6 week visit.
We provide support for moms and have local resources for postpartum depression. Life with a new baby can be a difficult transition. Surround yourself with friends and family for support. It really does take a village. You may be focused on caring for your new baby but it is important to take care of yourself as well. We recommend that during first few days at home with you and your baby you take plenty of time to rest and recover.
Some women need additional support after having a baby. You may feel sad, weepy, and overwhelmed for a few days. Many new mothers have the "baby blues" after giving birth. Changing hormones, anxiety about caring for the baby, and lack of sleep all affect your emotions. If these feeling do not improve within 1-2 weeks you may need to talk with your midwife about postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can happen any time within the first year after birth.
Circumcisions are not currently performed at the birth center. Should you make the decision to have your son circumcised, this procedure will be performed 6-10 days after birth by a qualified obstetrician. The procedure will be completed at the obstetrician’s office using a local injectable anesthetic. For more information on how this is arranged, please speak to one of the midwives.
Get Breastfeeding Help with our Lactation Consultant
Our International Board Certified Lactation consultant, Barbara Latterner, BSN, RN, IBCLC, is available by appointment to help with breastfeeding difficulties. This is usually a 2 hour comprehensive visit with you and your newborn to observe a feeding. One of our midwives is also an IBCLC.
A lactation visit includes mother and baby assessment and observation of feeding and evaluation. Baby’s weight checked and evaluation of infant oral anatomy and mother's breasts. An individualized plan of care is developed to improve the effectiveness and comfort of breastfeeding. Support persons are welcome at this visit. The initial visit last anywhere from 90-120 minutes depending on the complexity of your situation.
It is most beneficial to address breastfeeding concerns or difficulties in the first few days after birth. The sooner you get help the more likely breastfeeding can be successful. Call us to schedule today or you can reach Barbara directly at 845-279-7605