Care during this time supports the physiological processes of the mother’s transition to motherhood and the baby’s transition to independent life.
What is postnatal care? The postnatal period can be defined as the first 6-8 weeks after birth. Postnatal care should be a continuation of the care the woman has received through her pregnancy, labour and birth and take into account the woman's individual needs and preferences.
It is therefore very important that women regain their strength and maintain their health as they adjust to life with their new baby. Women in the postnatal period need to maintain a balanced diet, just as they did during pregnancy.
I can assist with advice around all facets of postnatal care and the principles of safe sleeping which involve placing the baby to sleep so that they remain face up, with face clear and in a smoke-free environment at all times. Mother, father and family/whānau are provided with education and encouraged to follow safe sleeping practices during the immediate postnatal period and on an ongoing basis.