Chapter 7

The week after birth

Looking for a helping hand now that you have a new baby? This chapter starts from the first few hours after birth, taking it one day at a time to give you both the best possible start

Chapter contents include:

The first few hours:

  • Feelings
  • Checking on your baby
  • Checking on you
  • The first feed
  • Leaving the birthing area
  • Family and friends (for partners and support people)
  • Bonding – the mother-baby unit

What’s happening?:

  • Your body – changes after birth
  • Your baby – changes after birth

Feeding your baby:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottle-feeding

One day at a time (days 1-4):

  • First day
  • Second day
  • Third and fourth days

When a baby needs special care:

  • The special-care unit
  • Treating jaundice (phototherapy)

After a Caesarean:

  • Post-operative pain relief
  • Intravenous (IV) lines, drains and catheters
  • Feeding your baby after a Caesarean
  • Your Caesarean wound
  • Exercises after a Caesarean

Looking after a new mother:

  • Midwife visits
  • For partners and support people

Terri’s story: Four Caesareans