Postpartum Care

A postpartum check-up is usually scheduled six weeks after a vaginal delivery and earlier after a caesarean section. It includes a review of the mother’s physical and mental well-being, a pelvic examination, wound inspection (if any) and any necessary laboratory tests (for eg, a repeat OGTT for women with GDM to assess return to normalcy). During the visit, a health education component covering areas like breastfeeding, birth control and weight reduction would be included as well.

This check-up is also an opportunity to review the pregnancy and birth experience, to discuss problems and assess for depression, to provide emotional support, to answer questions and to consider if any further referral is necessary for the new mother.