After childbirth (postpartum) services
An Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn nurse answers a couple's questions as she weighs their baby.
"This was an excellent visit and a huge help to us. We were able to ask lots of questions and get clear answers. I would absolutely recommend Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn to others."
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Early discharge program
Many moms and newborns qualify for one Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn visit at no additional cost when they leave the hospital within:
- 48 hours following a vaginal birth
- 96 hours following a cesarean birth.
While many Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn services are covered by insurance, coverage varies by health plan. Check with your insurance provider to learn which home care services are covered by your plan.
Education, answers and reassurance
Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn coordinates a nursing visit to a new mom's home, usually within a few days of leaving the hospital. The goal is to check on mom's and baby's health, answer questions about health concerns or infant care, and, if needed, arrange ongoing support through community services.
Arranging a home care visit
Information about a home care visit typically is given to new moms while they are still in the hospital. If a visit is ordered, an Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn nurse will call you to schedule a visit.
If you have questions, call our office at 612-863-4478.
A typical postpartum visit
During the home visit, a registered nurse:
- assesses the health of mom and baby
- answers questions and gives support about breast- or bottle-feeding
- checks the newborn’s weight, assesses feeding and removes the cord clamp
- performs any lab services as ordered by your physician, including checking bilirubin level if the baby appears jaundiced.
Newborns with jaundice may need light therapy, also called phototherapy, that helps them eliminate build-up of bilirubin. Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn can coordinate delivery of phototherapy equipment and provide nursing services with the family's clinic care team.
Nurses visiting moms who had a Cesarean birth, needing wound care, will:
- check the incision area and change the bandages
- educate about wound care
- answer any questions.
Jaundice means that the skin, the whites of the eyes, the mucous membranes in the mouth, and some tissues in the body are yellowish. Jaundice is caused by an increase in bilirubin, a substance that results from the breakdown of red blood cells.
Learn more about jaundice in Guide for the Care of Children.