Postpartum care

The birth of a baby brings excitement and new challenges, especially as you may be recovering physically and settling into a new routine. This postpartum or “after birth” adjustment usually takes months – not weeks – for most new parents.

There are some steps you can take to support yourself during this period:

Baby blues & postpartum depression

More than half of all new parents say they feel emotionally “down” after giving birth.

The “baby blues” usually appear three to four days after baby is born and lasts about two weeks. You may feel tearful, impatient, irritable, restless or anxious. The feelings come and then go away within a short period of time.

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. You need help and support.

Postpartum resources

To help new parents going through postpartum depression or just general feelings of sadness after birth, we offer two support groups:

  • Circle of Moms is a safe and welcoming space to talk about pregnancy, postpartum care, breastfeeding, stressors, change in identity/role, and the importance of sleep and self-care. Circle of Moms is open to all women who are pregnant or postpartum.
  • CALM Moms is a skills-based group for moms in the NICU/ICC/SCN/CVCC. If your baby needs to stay in the hospital, CALM Moms can help you cope with feelings of sadness and uncertainty.

Use our postpartum depression worksheet to help you figure out if you have “baby blues” or true depression. 

Learn more about postpartum emotions.