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 postpartum include:

  • 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 shrink.
  • 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.

Breastfeeding Support

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.
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Behavioral Health
854 S. Washington Ave. Ste. 330
Holland, MI 49423

(616) 355-3926
Boven Birth Center
(616) 392-5141
Breastfeeding Support
(616) 394-3269
Erin Lamb
Pelvic Rehabilitation
(616) 394-3706
Home Health Services
(616) 394-3346