Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby Preparing For Lochia

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					Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!
It has been my pleasure getting to know you and to serve you in this experience.

Below is a list of information and local resources to aid in your cesarean recovery.
    Please ask for assistance in getting up for any reason the first hours after you are out
       of recovery
    Allow yourself to be cared for by others
    Allow yourself to care for the baby and yourself above all else
    You both need to be fed on a regular as needed basis. Please ask for help in this area.
    Good cesarean holds for breastfeeding – football hold, cross cradle, and side-lying.
       You may have some initial challenges with breastfeeding – the lactation consultant at
       the hospital can help address those upon request
    Movement in small spurts is good for you as soon as you are able.
    Reminder that you will have lochia (postpartum bleeding) just as you would after a
       vaginal birth – bleeding should get lighter and lighter over a period of 2-6 weeks. If
       bleeding picks up at some point the key is to slow down and rest.
    Your emotions may be “all over the map” after surgery, please be sure to address all
       issues as they arise. Hiring a postpartum doula can be essential in this process.
    Be sure to check your incision daily and follow the hospital guidelines of wound care

If you need additional assistance with postpartum emotional healing, a local therapist
who specializes in postpartum issues is: Marianne Savarda at 650-1250

Local lactation resources:
Amy Brown IBCLC - 310-8810
Phone assistance, breastfeeding classes and pump rentals and supplies

Cindi Swisher RN, IBCLC
Alliance Breastfeeding Center - 268-1888
Home and office visits, pump and scale rentals, classes, clothing, and supplies

La Leche League International - Local # 481-2909

Cesarean Support Group:
Local Chapter: ICAN of Greater Colorado Springs
Co-leader Desirre Andrews 264-9450

This group meets the second Friday of each month at 10 am at Fire Station 19 off of Research. Sharing birth stories,
information, and topical discussions are part of each meeting. This is for moms who are in recovery from a cesarean surgery,
moms interested in VBAC information, and anyone seeking education and support in a safe, nurturing environment.
                        Desirre Andrews CLD, CCCE / 719-331-1292 /

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