Postpartum care and why it is important
The postpartum period, defined as the 12 weeks after delivery, is an important time for a new mother and her family.
Early engagement and intervention during the postpartum period is important to a new mother's immediate and long-term health. Adequate postpartum care is essential to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of both mom and baby. Timely care can avoid unnecessary complications by addressing chronic conditions and mental health needs before more complex interventions are needed.
Because the weeks following birth set the stage for long-term health and well-being, attention to the health of mothers and babies through postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter, with services and support tailored to each woman’s needs.