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Right after your baby is born

Health

Lots of things happen in your body right after giving birth. Some body changes are painless and others can be uncomfortable. Stress and lack of sleep can make you feel emotional.

It’s important to go to your postpartum doctor’s appointment (postpartum means “after birth”). To find a doctor in your area that takes Medicaid, go here, choose “Physician Services” under Provider Groups, then “OB/GYN” under Provider Specialties.

Family Planning – If you can, try to wait two years before having your next baby. Your body’s just been through a lot, and it’s healthier for both you and your future baby if you can wait. To find a Family Planning Clinic near you, click here.

Habits

Keep up the good eating and drinking habits you had during your pregnancy. The healthier your diet, the healthier the milk for your baby if you’re breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is super important, especially right after your baby’s born, when your body produces special kinds of milk that help your baby stay healthy and grow strong. For more information on breastfeeding, visit La Leche League. If you need help getting a breastpump, talk to your local WIC clinic, or check out LABreastfeedingSupport.org.

Can I get a little help?

Depression affects a lot of women during pregnancy. There’s a lot changing and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you’re feeling tired, sad, or lost, give Partners for Healthy Babies a call at 1-800-251-BABY (2229).

If you or someone you know is not ready to take care of a newborn baby, Louisiana’s Safe Haven Law offers parents a safe, legal option. More information regarding the Safe Haven is available by calling toll-free: 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373). Or you can click here for more info.

Healthy Start offers classes, transportation, supplies for baby, referrals, and much more. For information about Healthy Start or to join find a contact below:

  • New Orleans Area: 504-658-2600
  • Baton Rouge Area: 225-201-8888
  • Jefferson Parish Area (Crescent City PIC): 504-247-0592
  •  Lafayette Area: (337-981-2180)

Don’t forget, WIC’s available for new moms, too! Find out if you and your baby are eligible and how to apply here.

 

Ongoing

Health

It’s still important to visit the doctor regularly. You can find a local parish health unit here or a doctor who takes Medicaid here.

Family Planning – If you can, try to wait two years before having your next baby. Your body’s just been through a lot, and it’s healthier for both you and your future baby if you can wait. To find a Family Planning Clinic near you, click here. For more information about your reproductive health, visit healthychoicesla.org.

When flu season rolls around, it’s really important that you get your flu shot. Because you’re around your baby the most, it’s important that you protect yourself from getting sick as much as possible.

Habits

Breastfeeding should continue until your baby’s at least 12 months old. It’s healthier for the baby, and can be great for you, too. Breastfeeding can help you lose wait, avoid depression, and bond with your baby.

Help

If you need help finding affordable daycare services, call Child Care Assistance Program at 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578).

Depression affects a lot of women after pregnancy, too (doctors call this “postpartum depression.” There’s a lot changing and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you’re feeling tired, sad, or lost, give Partners for Healthy Babies a call at 1-800-251-BABY (2229).

Healthy Start offers classes, transportation, supplies for baby, referrals and much more. For information about Healthy Start or to join find a contact below:

Don’t forget, WIC may be available for new moms, and can help with the grocery bills. They help you with tips on breastfeeding too! Find out if you and your baby are eligible and how to apply here.

 

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