EPFMC’s care for our pregnant patients continues postpartum - after you give birth. You will be visited at California Hospital Medical Center by one of our Managed Care team members. There, we welcome your baby by signing him or her up for Medi-Cal coverage. This ensures your child is covered immediately for our well-baby care services. We’ll also get you scheduled for baby’s first checkup with us. This should take place within 2 weeks of taking your baby home.
The hospital screens newborns before releasing them. This is to make sure they do not have any of the rare illnesses found in babies. Most children are born healthy, but if there is a problem, these tests help doctors identify the care your child might need to prevent serious problems or even save her life. You won’t be contacted about the test results unless something is not normal.
Once your baby is born, much of your time will be spent taking care of your newborn. Third trimester prenatal classes teach you how to feed, diaper, and provide other care for your baby.
It’s equally important that you take care of yourself. In your Postpartum Care prenatal class, you will learn about the changes you can expect to experience after your baby is born. Rest, a good diet, and paying attention to your hygiene even when you’re tired are all key elements to taking care of yourself. Failing to do these things for yourself may be an early warning sign that you’re experiencing postpartum blues.
Your doctor or nurse-midwife will provide you with this information after the baby is born. She will also schedule you for an appointment about 4 to 6 weeks after you give birth. This gives us an opportunity to see how you’re doing. It’s also a great time to discuss your family planning needs.
We recommend that you first take the Learning to Breastfeed class during your second trimester. This will teach you the basics. Still, once the baby is born, you’ll want to sit down with our certified lactation specialist and let her teach you the basics of breastfeeding. There are many advantages to breastfeeding your baby for at least the first six months of his or her life. These one-on-one sessions last 30 minutes.
You’ll also learn how to use a breast pump in case you need to leave your baby alone to attend school or go back to work. Hospital-grade pumps are available for rent.
Next: Learn about free family planning services in the Women’s Health Center.