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Group postpartum care is a 10 session cycle. You can come to as many - or as few- sessions as you would like. 

 

Our group starts Monday May 13 and runs for 10 weeks, not including statuatory holidays. 

Each session includes health checks for mom and baby. Every session will have time to discuss and provide support for breastfeeding and any related questions or concerns. This information is provided by a Lactation Consultant and Registered Midwife.

You will receive a postpartum group workbook at the first session you attend. Please keep this information for your records and bring it to any additional postpartum group visits you attend with us. 

Bringing baby home

This session focuses on adjusting to life with your new baby. Lots of changes will be happening to both mom and baby's bodies as the baby adjusts to life outside of the womb and mom's body learns to provide for and care for baby in a different way. 

We will discuss breastfeeding and provide support (resources HERE)

We may also talk about:

  • Vitamin D for baby

  • Newborn feeding habits

  • How new parents adjust to their baby

Baby safety: sleep and cars

This session focuses on things parents will need to do everyday to keep their baby safe.

We will discuss keeping your baby safe during sleep time. (resources HERE)

We may also talk about:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Car Seats and Car Safety 

Parental mental wellness

This​ session is all about the parents and adapting to a new baby. 

We will discuss postpartum adjustment and mood disorders.  (resources HERE)

We will spend time talking about techniques and strategies to help parents relax, stay calm, and live their best lives.  (resources HERE)

We may also talk about:

  • Meditation 

  • Self Care

  • Baby blues

  • Postpartum depression

  • Postpartum psychosis

What a newborn does

This​ session is all about normal and abnormal changes and conditions in newborns. ​

We will discuss things that happen to newborns and ways to deal with them.  (resources HERE)

We may also talk about:

  • Tummy time 

  • Infant Massage

  • Thrush

  • Rashes

  • Caring for your baby's cord 

Healthy living for mom

This​ session is all about mom adjusting to the postpartum period and addressing common concerns about healthy living. ​

Topics will change based on what participating parents are most interested in. ​

 

We may talk about:

  • Physical Activity and exercise

  • Hydration and nutrition while breastfeeding 

  • Healthy weight

  • Caffeine, alcohol, and other substances 

Healing and health down below (Mom's perineum)

During birth, many women will experience a tear of the perineum, some moms will need an episiotomy to help baby come out. Whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section, you will bleed after giving birth as the uterus heals. 

Topics will change based on what participating parents are most interested in. ​

 

We may talk about:

  • peri-care (caring for the perineum)

  • Going to the toilet after having a baby

  • Caring for wounds (tears and episiotomy)

  • Caring for incision (if mom had a c-section)

  • Incontinence (peeing or pooing when you don't mean too)

  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy 

Postpartum Exercise

Just as the body makes lots of changes to grow your baby, your body needs time to change after having a baby, 

Topics will change based on what participating parents are most interested in. ​

 

We may talk about:

  • Setting goals for yourself

  • Complications of exercise

  • Diastasis Recti 

  • Exercise with baby

  • Weight loss

  • Healthy weight loss

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Planning your future

One baby is hard enough! We will talk about your plans for future children or plans for avoiding pregnancy. 

Topics will change based on what participating parents are most interested in. ​

 

We may talk about:

  • Folic Acid before mom gets pregnant

  • Contraception -> Mom's choices for waiting to have another baby

  • Child spacing

  • Planning to attempt to have a vaginal birth after having a c-section (VBAC)

Baby safety part 2

Sometimes, emergencies do happen. In this final session, we will learn how to help a hurt, choking, or sick baby. We will also talk about childproofing and having a safe home. ​

Topics will change based on what participating parents are most interested in. ​

 

We may talk about:

  • Infant CPR and Choking

  • Infant First Aid

  • Childproofing your home

  • Vaccinations