· Maternity Care ·
If you give birth at home or at a freestanding birth center, your midwife will be your baby’s care provider for the first week after birth. She calls you by phone the day after birth to check on you and the baby. On the second day after birth, she makes a home visit. At this visit, she weighs your baby, checks for jaundice, helps you complete birth certificate forms, collects a blood sample from the baby for a screening test (the “PKU” test) and offers breastfeeding support. She may also perform an exam on you, including a check of stitches. Follow-up pediatric visits are then scheduled with your baby’s care provider after the first week. You then come to the office for postpartum care at 2 and 6 weeks after birth. Care beyond six weeks postpartum is also offered as needed for maternity-related conditions, such as postpartum depression or mastitis.
If you give birth in the hospital, you usually stay 24 to 36 hours after delivery under the care of your hospital provider. The hospital will also provide pediatric care. Your midwife will call you to check in and offer support. You may transfer your care back to your midwife after hospital discharge. Postpartum visits occur at 2 and 6 weeks after delivery.