Postpartum Care

After Labor and Delivery, mom and baby will generally move to the Maternity and Postpartum area. Our goal is to keep mom and baby together as much as possible. In fact, both will share the same nursing team during their hospital stay. This innovative postpartum care program, called Couplet Care, ensures that a mother and her baby’s needs are addressed in concert. Couplet Care encourages new mothers to participate in the care and development of their new babies. All of our nurses are specially trained to help mothers get off to a good start with both breastfeeding and skin-to-skin bonding.

Postpartum Services

Postpartum Area Visiting Hours

We have special visiting hours in the postpartum area. It is a good idea to make sure that family and friends are aware of the visiting hours before they come to the hospital to see you and your baby. Three to four visitors are allowed in the patient's room at one time (excluding the patient's significant other).

Visiting hours for family and friends are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We encourage nesting time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for mothers, their significant others and their babies.

Visitors: please stop at the lobby information desk to obtain your pass to the room. Additional visitors will be asked to wait in the lobby until a room pass is available. Click here to see all our departments’ visiting hours.

Newborn Portraits

Parents, friends and families can now view portraits of newborns. Note this is a secure page that requires a Guest Access Code to access any images.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long before I transfer to the Postpartum area?

Many moms-to-be and partners are curious how long they will spend in Labor and Delivery before transitioning with baby to the Postpartum area. We find that most mothers spend approximately one and a half hours in the Labor/Delivery/Recovery Room (LDR), or about two hours following a Cesarean birth. At that point you will transition to the Postpartum area.

What classes or information will be available to new parents?

Infant care and postpartum adjustments are addressed in the Mother/Baby Discharge class offered every morning. Fathers and partners are encouraged to attend. This class is designed to help the new family bridge the birth and hospital experience to going home with a new baby.

Breastfeeding support services are available through our Breastfeeding Center, in addition to a free Breastfeeding Support Group offered every Thursday morning (except legal holidays) from 10 - 11:30 am in the Research Conference Hall. No pre-registration is required for the Breastfeeding Support Group.

We also offer a variety of other Childbirth and Parenting classes, including infant care, breastfeeding basics, CPR and Mommy & Me.

Why are the visiting hours for the Postpartum area limited?

We have special, limited visiting hours in the postpartum area to encourage nesting time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for mothers, their significant others and their babies.

Visiting hours for family and friends are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is a good idea to make sure that family and friends are aware of the visiting hours before they come to the hospital to see you and your baby.

Maternal Wellness Program

After giving birth to a new baby, it is not uncommon for new moms to experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Many women have heard the term, but may not actually know what it is. Click for our downloadable Maternal Wellness Program brochure.

About the Maternal Wellness Program

Mother and Son

We created the Maternal Wellness Program specifically to address mothers experiencing the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety. There is no reason to suffer in silence.

We offer treatment to women who have depression or anxiety within one year of giving birth. Mothers are highly encouraged to bring their baby with them to treatment.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of licensed psychotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and a board certified psychiatrist. Our program is comprehensive and includes the following depending on your needs:

  • Intensive outpatient option (3 days a week) or,
  • Partial hospital option (5 days a week)
  • Individual and family therapy when needed
  • Lactation and dietary support

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs are covered by most major insurance companies as a mental health benefit.

For more information, please call: (626) 397-2330.

Treatment is provided in supportive group therapy sessions that address:

  • Coping skills
  • Family/relationship issues
  • Mother and baby attachment
  • Self and baby care skills
  • Symptom management
  • Transitioning into motherhood

What is Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?

The birth of a baby can trigger a tidal wave of emotions, but it can also result in symptoms that new mothers may not expect. If you are experiencing several of the following for longer than two weeks, you may be experiencing a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder:

  • Anxiety, panic or excessive worry
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Difficulty doing daily tasks
  • Difficulty feeling a connection to your baby
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Extreme fatigue not explained by sleep pattern changes due to caring for a baby
  • Fearful of being alone or leaving the house
  • Feeling regret for having a baby
  • Feelings of guilt or inadequacy
  • Hopelessness
  • Intrusive thoughts related to the baby
  • Isolating from friends or family
  • Lack of pleasure in things that usually give you joy
  • Persistent sadness
  • Unexplained anger or irritability
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders may be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors, but it’s important to understand that these are considered a common complication of pregnancy and childbirth. If you think that you might be experiencing postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, you are not alone: Considered the number one complication of childbirth, 1 in 7 new mothers suffer from a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.

These illnesses can manifest any time during pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth. When left untreated, they can cause short and long-term consequences for the mother, her baby as well as their family.

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