After your baby is born, it is important that you have some family or friends who can help you and give you support. Identify them now and make a list of their phone numbers.
You can make plans now for them to come after you are home from the hospital.
If you don't have family and friends who can help you right after your baby is born, you can consider hiring a postpartum doula. This person can do tasks to help you enjoy and care for your baby, including providing education.
Visit our resources page for more information about how to find a local doula or home health care agency.
You may qualify for a home visit by a home care nurse. This home visit occurs shortly after you leave the hospital.
The home care nurse will check your and your baby's health, answer your questions about health or baby care, newborn feeding issues and provide education and support.
Your hospital nurse may help you schedule a home care visit before you leave the hospital.
Planning ahead will make it easier to get and use household help after your baby is born:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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