After You Go Home
After delivery, your body goes through many changes as you
regain your strength and heal. Knowing what to expect can help you
better manage these changes.
Common concerns in the first several weeks
- Feeling irritable and crying easily: Childbirth causes hormone
levels to drop rapidly in the first few days. Your emotions will
stabilize gradually as your hormones return to normal levels.
- Being tired: The exhaustion of delivery combined with the lack of
sleep while caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Ask for lots of
help and nap with your baby as much as you can.
- Still looking pregnant: You will still look about four to five
months pregnant right after your baby is born. Your uterus is still
enlarged and your muscles are loose. Breastfeeding will help your uterus
- Bleeding and healing: At first, your discharge will be bright red
and heavy. Gradually it will become lighter and stop. It is normal for
you to be sore, If you do have stitches, these need to heal. Your nurse
will give you advice and instruction when you leave the hospital.
Holland Hospital has the resources to help transition from the Boven Birth Center to your home. Our team is here to answer questions and offer support, whatever the
issue, whenever the need.
For information and encouragement while breastfeeding, our team of international board certified lactation consultants is available during your hospital stay and after.
Postpartum Pelvic Health
Experienced physical therapists with advanced pelvic care training work in cooperation with a multidisciplinary team to treat a wide variety of pregnancy-related pelvic problems
Home Health Services
From help to assistance with high-risk and special needs, Home Health Care Services is available for you and your baby after you leave the hospital.
Behavioral Health Services
Services to help you and your family adjust to pregnancy and
life with your new baby. We treat prenatal and postpartum depression,
relationship concerns and other wellness issues.
Boven Birth Center