What happens if I had a C-section?

You will have delivered in an operating room. This is considered a surgery. You may spend a few hours in a recovery area with a nurse taking care of you. Ask to be with your baby so you can begin skin-to-skin and breastfeeding as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor or midwife about how and why a C-section may …

What checks does the baby need after birth?

After you give birth, your doctor or midwife is going to want to examine the baby.  Ask to have all baby checks  done on your chest for the first hour, if possible. Your care team will check your baby’s temperature and pulse and give eye medication and Vitamin K. They will also make sure your baby is behaving like a …

What is skin-to-skin contact?

After you deliver, your baby is adjusting to being outside of your body. You can help your baby adjust by creating skin-to-skin contact. The best way to hold your baby skin-to-skin is on your bare chest.Why is skin-to-skin so important?Skin-to-skin helps keep a baby warm. Luckily, your doctor or midwife can do almost everything they need to do to check …

What do I do if I need breastfeeding help right now?

You have the Pacify app right here!  Please click on “Lactation Consultant” and one of our lactation consultants will be available to answer all of your questions. Have more questions?Return to libraryCall your Pacify doula

Three things to do to prepare to breastfeed

Make sure you read about breastfeeding or find out if your local hospital offers a breastfeeding class.  Some classes are available virtually.Once you have read everything, write down any questions you have and share them with your doctor or midwife. You can use your “Lactation Consultant” button on your Pacify app for answers to your questions right now!Get a breast …

Why is breastfeeding important?

Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for your baby. Research shows that breastfed babies have lower risks of: Asthma Childhood Leukemia Childhood Obesity Ear Infections Eczema Diarrhea and Vomiting Lower Respiratory Infections Necrotizing Enterocolitis Type 2 Diabetes Breastfeeding is also healthy for the person who breastfeeds.  Research shows that people who breastfeed have lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes Certain …

How long does it take to heal from a C-section?

Everyone is different, but most people heal in about six weeks. You’ll need to follow guidelines from your doctor or midwife, but here are a few things you can expect in those six weeks. Week 1: You may spend a few days in the hospital. When you go home, you’ll need to rest and keep your wound clean and follow …

When are C-sections needed?

Sometimes, C-sections are the safest option for the birth parent and baby. Here are some cases where a C-section might be the best choice: Labor stops. Your labor may stop if your cervix doesn’t open up wide enough to let the baby through. In this case, you would need a C-section to deliver the baby. Your baby’s health is at …

What is a C-section?

“C-section” is shorthand for a Cesarean birth. A Cesarean birth means that the baby is delivered through a cut made in the abdomen and uterus. In a Cesarean birth, the birthing parent does not push and the baby is not delivered through the vagina. C-sections are usually performed in an operating roomHave more questions?Return to libraryCall your Pacify doulaSources: ACOG, …

Labor terms

It’s important to know what may happen when you go into labor. You deserve and need to understand your care.Talk to your doctor and midwife about these terms so you feel confident going into your delivery: Electronic Monitoring: Instruments used to record the heartbeat of the baby and your contractions. Option:  Monitoring when needed instead of all the time to …