What to Expect Just After You Give Birth

Maternity hospitals encourage soon-to-be parents to become informed about the labor and delivery process, along with what to expect immediately after childbirth. Knowing what will happen, which interventions may become necessary, and which choices are available can empower women to proactively make decisions for their wellness. Watch this featured video to hear an obstetrician at West Hills Hospital dispel some of the common misconceptions about labor and childbirth.

Baby Care

After your baby is born, the doctor will administer Apgar assessments, place antibiotic drops in his or her eyes, and collect a sample of cord blood. Your baby will be thoroughly and gently rubbed dry. The nurse will give an injection of vitamin K. Later on, more screenings and assessments may be performed. Once your baby’s temperature is stabilized, your baby can be bathed and given a full pediatric exam.

Maternal Care

Following childbirth, it’s time to deliver the placenta. You may be asked to try to urinate since a full bladder interferes with the contraction of the uterus. A maternity provider will massage the uterus several times to encourage its contraction. You may require stitches and you may have the epidural catheter removed. After a vaginal birth, most women stay in the maternity hospital for about two days.

Lactation Support

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? Consider learning about the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby . If you choose to try to breastfeed, you’ll receive extensive lactation support while in the maternity hospital. As soon as possible after the birth, healthy, full-term infants are typically placed skin-to-skin on their mothers. Most babies who have the opportunity to do so will try to breastfeed within the first hour. The first milk that is produced is colostrum. It will take a few days for the regular breast milk to come in.

West Hills Hospital is a leading maternity hospital that provides specialized care for newborns and their parents. The New Beginnings Maternal and Newborn Care team in West Hills offers nurturing support within our pleasant and spacious labor and delivery suites. Expectant mothers can reach our maternity hospital at (818) 676-4321 or visit us online for current information about childbirth and newborn care classes.

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