Preparing for Childbirth

Special Care After Delivery

Your healthcare provider will do the following for you after your birh:
• Monitor your temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure
• Massage your uterus
• Check for vaginal bleeding and change pads
• Check for urination and bowel movements
• Check episiotomy or cesarean incision if this has been done
• Check for hemorrhoids
• Evaluate your ability to turn over, walk
• Administer an analgesic, stool softener or laxative
• RhoGam immunization is given as prescribed by your doctors and nurses (if your blood type is Rh negative)
• Monitor blood pressure
• Check breastfeeding status, appetite, diet, and fluid intake
• Discontinue intravenous fluids and urinary catheter as indicated
• Monitor your admission to the recovery or postpartum area, unless you delivered in a LDRP unit

Postpartum care for your baby includes:
• Clamping the umbilical cord
• Drying and warming the baby
• Suctioning the nose and throat
• Taking the Apgar score at 1 minute and 5 minutes after birth (evaluating a newborn's well-being -- including respiratory effort, heart rate, muscle tone, skin color, and reflex irritability)
• Hospital I.D. bracelet attached to wrists or ankles
• Weighed on a special scale for babies
• Measured for body length
• Antibiotic eye ointment applied
• Temperature, blood pressure, and pulse taken
• Taken to the nursery, unless you have delivered in an LDRP unit
• Gestational age determined
• Blood glucose level measured
• Vitamin K (for normal blood clotting) given
• Umbilical cord treated to prevent infection and promote drying

You should feel more in the "know" now -- do you? Are you getting excited? Has this helped ease your anxiety?