6 People You Need on Your Postpartum Care Team

Updated: Apr 3

After you birth a baby, the standard of care in the US is to attend one postpartum appointment with your OB or midwife, when your baby is 6 weeks old.


THIS ISN'T ENOUGH. Parents deserve more.


Birth is a massive physical event, no matter how you birth. Ab separation, vaginal tears, c-section, hormonal changes, nutrient depletion....the list goes on and on. It's a lot of work to bring babies into the world, and we need to stop treating birthing people like vessels that can be discarded once the pregnancy ends.


In a society that lacks postpartum care, how can you set yourself up for a strong transition to parenthood?


We recommend getting help from these 6 people:


1. POSTPARTUM DOULA

Postpartum doulas provide (non-medical) emotional, physical, and informational support in the first 12 weeks of baby's life. Duties vary widely but may include: cooking, light housework, providing evidence-based information on all things newborn, promoting self care, and helping siblings adjust. They really ease the transition for the whole family!


Set up a call with our team today, to learn more about postpartum services we provide: Schedule a Free Consultation.


2. CHEF

Meal trains, grocery delivery, frozen meals, a postpartum doula, or your mother-in-law... someone needs to be in charge of food while you rest.


We recommend resting for 15 days (see our blog post: The 5/5/5 Rule), so have a minimum of two weeks worth of food and snacks figured out!


3. THERAPIST

Postpartum is hard on parents, and you need to take care of your mental health! ~20% of birthing people and ~10% of partners will experience a perinatal mood disorder during pregnancy or postpartum. We recommend looking for a therapist who specializes in pregnancy/postpartum. If you're in the Twin Cities (Minnesota), check out Amber Williams in St. Paul.


Starting a family is also really hard on relationships, but a therapy session or two can help you both communicate. Try Tabitha's 8-10 Challenge, to connect with your partner.


4. LACTATION HELP

Let's be clear: your baby's pediatrician is likely NOT a lactation professional (unless they specialize). Studies show that pediatricians mostly base their breast/chest feeding advice on their own experiences.


Prepare a list of lactation professionals in your area, and set up a consultation with them to support your feeding goals! Your pediatrician's office might have someone on staff, or you might look into a private lactation counselor who makes house calls (in our area, those cost $100-150 on average).


Tabitha is our team's lactation counselor and offers virtual and in person (Minnesota) support. Schedule a free consult with her while pregnant, or after your baby is born!


5. CHIROPRACTOR

Your organs move a lot, and pregnancy places all kinds of pressure on your muscles, bones, ligaments, and nervous system. Studies show that 77% of birthers experienced persistent lower back pain over a year after giving birth. See a chiropractor during pregnancy and postpartum to ease the discomfort!


Chiros are also fantastic for newborns. They can help reset baby's bodies after the trauma of birth (vaginal or c-section). Adjustments help with sleep, reflux/digestion, feeding, and so much more. If you're in the Twin Cities (Minnesota), check out: Empowered Health Chiro in Blaine.


6. PELVIC FLOOR PT

Peeing yourself after you have a baby is common (even if you have a c-section), but it's NOT normal. See a PT to help with: incontinence, painful intercourse, diastasis recti (ab separation), and more.


We recommend pelvic floor PT before returning to normal exercise, even if your OB/midwife "cleared" you at your 6-week postpartum appointment.


We recommend the following providers:

  1. Motion PT: clinic locations in St. Paul, and Minnetonka.

  2. Moms in Motion PT: Mobile PT that comes to your home (Twin Cities, Minnesota).

  3. Your Postpartum PT: virtual (Pacific coast time zone).

 

Want to learn more about postpartum, what to expect, and how to set yourself up for success?


Register for our next Preparing for Postpartum Workshop, or talk to one of our doulas today!






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