What to expect during your postpartum stay at the hospital
The Seton Medical Center Williamson staff and our Round Rock OBGYNs share in the excitement and joy of your birth. Postpartum care begins as soon as your baby enters the world. Your obstetrics team immediately examines your newborn and suctions the nose.If all is well, your baby will be cleaned up, wrapped in a blanket and placed against your breast.
Postpartum care after a vaginal delivery
When necessary, perineum repair takes place immediately after delivery. During the first two hours after you deliver your baby, highly trained nurses will provide your postpartum care.
- Your nurse will carefully monitor your vaginal bleeding, heart rate and blood pressure.
- If you will need a catheter to empty your bladder, this will be reported to your medical team.
- Abdominal/uterine massage every 15 minutes helps your uterus contract and return to its normal size.
- A nurse will apply ice packs to your vaginal area to help reduce soreness and minimize postpartum swelling.
- As part of your postpartum care, your IV will remain for the first hours after you deliver your baby.
- We encourage new mothers to breastfeed. The hospital staff will help you learn to position and feed your baby.
- Your nurse will encourage you to ask for help when you need to get out of bed; we encourage walking after delivery.
After the first couple of hours, your team continues to administer postpartum care by monitoring your vital signs, as well as checking to ensure that your uterus is firming up. Nurses also offer ice packs, pain medications as prescribed by our Round Rock OBGYNs and sitz baths. Most new mothers stay at the hospital for 24 to 48 hours after delivery.
Care after a C-section
After a C-section, a new mother requires extra postpartum care in the hospital where she will remain for two to four days after delivery. After delivery, moms are taken to a recovery area so nurses can monitor vital signs and the uterus before transfer to a hospital room. Because C-sections involve an incision, you will have belly pain, as well as feelings of tiredness and possibly nausea. You will receive IV and/or oral pain medications.
The nursing staff will help you breastfeed your baby as soon as possible, helping you hold the baby so it is comfortable for you.
Our Round Rock OBGYNs and staff will encourage you to get out of bed a couple times each day. It’s an important part of postpartum care because walking/standing helps you have a bowel movement and decreases the chance that you will develop blood clots.
Compassionate and expert postpartum care at the hospital is just part of our caring process during pregnancy and delivery. We will see you in our Round Rock OBGYN office for follow-up visits and are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. Contact us to learn more.