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Post-partum services

The birth of your baby brings excitement and new challenges, especially as you recover physically and settle into a new routine. This "post-partum" or "after birth" adjustment usually takes months – not weeks – for most new moms.

Here are a few ways to support yourself during this post-partum period:

Education, answers and reassurance

Many mothers and babies qualify for one Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn visit at no additional cost when they leave the hospital within 48 hours after a vaginal birth and 96 hours after a cesarean birth. The goal is to check the health status of mom and baby, answer questions about health concerns or infant care, and provide education and support. For more about this service:

Baby blues and post-partum depression

More than half of all new mothers say they feel emotionally "down" after giving birth.

The "baby blues" usually appear three to four days after baby is born and are over about two weeks later. You may feel tearful, impatient, irritable, restless or anxious. The feelings come and then go away by themselves.

Postpartum depression may appear around the fourth week after birth. It can also begin just before your period returns, after weaning or anytime in the first year. Symptoms can be mild or so severe that you can feel like you're "going crazy." With depression you may have "good" days and "bad" days. These feelings do not go away by themselves. You need help and support.

This service is available at these locations: Coon Rapids, Minneapolis and St. Paul.