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mother and newborn breastfeeding, midwife support to establish good latch

Postpartum Support

The postpartum period is the transitional stage where your hormones, body, and mind adjust to the shift from pregnant to non-pregnant parent of an infant. This stage lasts years, but I can support you for 6-8 weeks after your baby is born. If well supported, it can be a time for rest, recuperation, and bonding. To help you prepare, postpartum planning is discussed in your prenatal visits. I will help you develop a postpartum plan that best suits you and your lifestyle.

Postpartum and newborn visits generally occur at 24-48hrs, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks. I will come to your home for the first month of postpartum care. Your final visit at 6 weeks PP takes place at my office where we enjoy a longer visit.

Some topics addressed in postpartum planning and care are:

  • Breastfeeding

  • Placentophagy

  • Self care, nutrition & body care

  • Home life adjustments

  • Communication in relationships

  • Sexual health and wellness

  • What to expect with siblings and pets

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy referral

I also offer postpartum care for those who have had a hospital birth. Call or email to ask about this option.


Contact Melanie Martinez

13 Moons Midwifery

Viroqua, Wisconsin

Tel: (608) 606-6313


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