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Postpartum Care

During the first weeks after giving birth, your body begins to heal and adjust to not being pregnant. This is called postpartum (or the postpartum period). Your body goes through many changes as you recover. These changes are different for every woman. The first weeks after childbirth also are a time to bond with and set up a routine for caring for your baby.

The team of experts at The Family Place are experienced and skilled in providing postpartum care and support to assist you in caring for your physical and emotional health while your body heals and adjusts to not being pregnant. You can expect your postpartum care to start following the birth of your baby and continue once you return home with appointments with your obstetrician and home visits with a nurse or home care provider.

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Conditions

  • Clogged milk ducts
  • Postpartum disorders
    • Baby blues
    • Birth-related post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Postpartum depression (PPD)
    • Postpartum psychosis
  • Postpartum hemorrhage

Baby's First Homecoming

The Family Place continues caring for you and your newborn even after you leave the Hospital. A registered nurse from visiting nurse association visits you and your baby in your home to access you both, as well as to answer your questions about infant feeding and care and share information about community resources.

Mother-Baby Return Visit

Going home with your new baby is exciting however, some concerns and questions may arise during your adjustment at home. As part of your birth experience at The Family Place, you're invited to participate in our Mother-Baby Return Visit program.

During this free visit, a lactation consultant, who is an expert on you and your baby's recovery, spends time with you to address any questions or concerns you may have about yourself or your baby, weigh your baby, review baby feeding issues including breastfeeding questions or problems and discuss comfort techniques. Appointments are made prior to leaving The Family Place by consulting your primary nurse or calling (603) 227-7000, ext. 4909.

Emotional Support

While being pregnant and giving birth is a joyful event, you may also experience sadness, anxiety, and impatience. Caring for your infant is hard work. No matter how much you looked forward to your baby's birth, you may experience many of the highs and lows that come with being a mom. When anxiety, low mood, and difficulty sleeping interfere with normal functioning, you may be experiencing one of several emotional responses to childbirth. Whether you're experiencing the 'Baby Blues' or other postpartum symptoms, you can get help and feel better. 

If you're experiencing postpartum symptoms, the first step is to contact someone who can help.

  • Your healthcare provider
  • Gerry Mitchell, MSW, LICSW
    (603) 227-7000 ext. 4927
    The Family Place at Concord Hospital
  • Postpartum Emotional Support Group
    The Family Place at Concord Hospital
    (603) 227-7000 ext. 4927
  • Postpartum Support International
    (800) 944-4773
  • IN AN EMERGENCY/CRISIS
    Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc
    (800) 852-3323 or (603) 226-0817

Lactation/Breastfeeding Support

Our certified lactation consultants visit you at The Family Place to discuss feeding method and assist as necessary; they are also available by appointment once you return home. In addition to receiving personal help with breastfeeding, you may receive written information in print and access information through our closed-circuit Hospital television's newborn channel.

If you need to pump your breastmilk during your stay electric breast pumps are available to use while you're in the Hospital. 

Upcoming Classes & Events

  • Oct
    21
    Monday
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    If you're ready to quit tobacco, this small group smoking cessation clinic will help you achieve your goal.
  • Ongoing
    Postpartum emotional support is available to families through pregnancy and your baby’s first year and beyond – even if it's 2, 4, 6 or 12 months postpartum.