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After Delivery

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After delivery you may feel many emotions – relief, happiness, exhaustion, anxiety. These feelings are normal. Focus on you, your baby and get the support you need to have a happy healthy home.

Focus on you

    afterTake care of yourself so you can take care of your new family by getting adequate sleep, eating right and getting some exercise. Communicate what you need to those around you so they can better support you.

    1 in 8 women experience postpartum depression which is more serious than the typical feelings of sadness women experience from hormonal changes. Learn how you can get help.

    Intimate Partner Violence – Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be a dangerous time for intimate partner violence or domestic abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in their home, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

Focus on your baby

    Learn the Basics – No baby comes with an instruction manual, but Information for Parents of Newborns is a Texas resource to help you get started on the basics of parenthood.

    Every child deserves a medical homeRaising Texas can help you find a medical provider and supportive services for your baby’s social and emotional development.

    Don’t be in the Dark about Childcare – It is important to choose childcare carefully. Learn what to look for in a childcare provider in Texas.

    SIDS – Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep:

    • Alone - Not sleeping with mom, dad, or siblings. No toys, baby bumpers or blankets.
    • Back - Not sleeping on their bellies or on their sides.
    • Crib – Not sleeping on a sofa, in a parent’s or sibling’s bed.

    Babies need Tummy Time – Tummy Time is when the baby is on its belly and being supervised by an adult. The baby learns to use its muscles to hold its head up and use its arms and shoulders for balance.

Get the support you need

    Involve Dad – Whether or not you are in a romantic relationship with your baby’s father, it is important to support his involvement with you and your baby. Women with involved partners tend to have better birth outcomes and children with involved fathers do too. Find out more.

    Check out the Resources for Moms and Moms-to-be page for links to additional sources of support.

     

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Last updated April 22, 2013