The delicate postpartum hours are a time of wonderment, joy and exploration. One of the very best things about birthing with us at Birthways is our attention to the natural flow of the postpartum time period.
Our team, made up of your Midwife, Student Midwife, and/or Birth Assistant, will remain with you for the first several hours post birth, until you are ready to be on your own with your family. During the first few hours you and your baby are closely monitored for continued health and wellness.
Our midwives pride themselves on welcoming babies graciously with gentleness and love.
Respect for your bonding time are of the utmost importance to us and providing you the opportunity to have your baby’s assessments done while in your arms is one of our favorite things about the work that we do.
After you and your baby have nursed, we will do a full physical examination of your new family member right on the bed next to you! This is an excellent photo opportunity!
A decorative birth certificate with your baby’s footprints is a sweet, personal keepsake we provide for your memorabilia!
We do recommend a visit to your chosen pediatrician within 72 hours of the birth, which can be scheduled at your convenience. We will contact your pediatrician and share your records with them for continued care of your baby. Vitamin K and erythromycin eye ointment are available for your baby if you so choose.
No need to worry about the birth certificate or social security card; we take care of all the paperwork for you!
Over the 6-8 weeks following your baby’s birth we will:
- Provide your baby with routine newborn screening
- Metabolic Screening (PKU)
- Hearing Screen
- Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening (CCHD)
- Give you and your baby a physical exam
- Discuss your birth experience
- Provide you with family planning options