Motherhood is a Journey Too
Now that your baby is born there are two of you in need of care. This can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming and you may not know what to do first. We want to give you some hints to help you on your journey.
- See your baby’s pediatrician: Make an appointment for your baby to see a pediatrician within two weeks of birth. If you are breastfeeding, you should see the pediatrician within three days of your baby’s discharge from the hospital so your baby’s weight gain can be checked.
- Schedule your postpartum (after childbirth) doctor visit: During the first week that you are home, call your doctor or midwife and make an appointment for your postpartum visit. This important follow-up visit must occur between three and eight weeks after your delivery date.
If you delivered by Cesarean, your doctor will want to see you within the first two weeks after delivery to check your incision and then again for your postpartum visit.
- Start your child’s immunizations (also know as shots): Shots help protect your baby from diseases such as whooping cough, measles and polio. Over the next two years, your child will receive a series of shots during his well checkups. It is important that you take your child for regular checkups and that shots are given on time. Our Preventive Health Guidelines can help you keep on schedule. There is no copay for well-child visits or scheduled childhood immunizations.