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Taking Care of the Mother After Baby is Born

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! The time just after a baby is born, the postpartum period, is a special one for families.

The postpartum time brings many physical and emotional changes. This guide will help answer questions about the changes in your body and about your postpartum care. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor, midwife or family maternity nurse.

As you read this site, please understand that the phrase "your doctor" refers to the health care specialist who provided your prenatal care and delivered your baby. Depending on your choice, that person may be a family practice physician, obstetrician or midwife.

The phrase "your baby's doctor" refers to the health care specialist who will provide on-going medical care to your baby. Depending on your choice, that person may be a family practice physician or a pediatrician.