The first six weeks after you’ve given birth are joyful as you get to know your baby. You deserve expert, compassionate care to assist as you heal, answer questions, and help you cope with the emotional and physical changes that can occur with pregnancy and childbirth. The expert providers at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology in Atlanta, Georgia, provide comprehensive postpartum care that prioritizes your health and the health of your baby. Call to take advantage of the practice’s thorough pregnancy and postpartum care or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is postpartum care?

The postpartum period is defined as the six weeks or so after you’ve given birth. You still have needs as a patient – that hasn’t changed – though much of your focus has understandably shifted to your new baby. The doctors help you heal from childbirth and, if you had a c-section, do all necessary follow-up visits.

Postpartum care also includes support, education, and health screenings necessary in this immediate post-delivery period. During this time, the practitioners focus on providing gentle treatment that puts your health and the health of your baby first.

What type of education is provided during postpartum care?

Education includes how to care for yourself during this post-delivery period, including recommendations for diet and sleep as well as how to manage your baby’s needs. The practice also offers information and support if you choose to breastfeed your baby.

The providers help you understand changes in your emotional state and offer tools and counseling on handling these shifts. If you suspect you may have postpartum depression, the KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology team is ready to help.

What is postpartum depression?

It’s quite common to experience the post-baby blues, which may occur in the first few days after delivery and go away on their own after a week or two. Postpartum depression is different, however.

Postpartum depression is a major depressive disorder that persists longer than two weeks. It interferes with your ability to care for yourself, your new baby, and do other tasks, like looking after other members of your family, working, or enjoying life. You may feel disconnected from your baby or even have thoughts of harming them.

Postpartum depression develops from a combination of physical and emotional changes. Dramatic changes in your hormone levels can chemically affect your brain, triggering depression. Other factors, such as poor sleep and the stress of caring for a newborn, compounds the depression.

If you have postpartum depression, you should seek medical help.

Trust the providers at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology to provide you with kind, skilled postpartum care. Call the office or book an appointment online today.