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Newborn
Postnatal Care 
Postnatal care is an important part of your recovery and well-being after giving birth. In Australia, private hospitals offer a high-quality, comfortable and caring environment for postnatal care. You can choose your own obstetrician and have more privacy and flexibility in your stay. Here are some tips on how to take care of yourself and your baby in the private sector.

Perineal care: If you had a vaginal birth, you might have some soreness or swelling in your perineum (the area between your vagina and anus). To ease the discomfort, you can use ice packs, warm baths, gentle cleansing and pain relief medication as advised by your obstetrician or midwife. Avoid using tampons, douches or perfumed products until the area is healed. If you had stitches, they will dissolve on their own in a few weeks. Contact your obstetrician or midwife if you have any signs of infection, such as fever, foul-smelling discharge or increased pain.

 
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is beneficial for both you and your baby, but it can also be challenging at times. Private hospitals have lactation consultants and midwives who can help you with breastfeeding support and education. They can teach you how to position your baby, latch on, express milk and prevent or treat common problems like sore nipples, engorgement or mastitis. You can also access online resources like the Australian Breastfeeding Association (https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/) or the Raising Children Network (https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/breastfeeding-bottle-feeding-solids/breastfeeding) for more information and advice.
 
Postnatal exercise: Exercise can help you recover from childbirth, improve your mood, strengthen your pelvic floor and lose weight. However, you need to start slowly and gradually increase your activity level. In private hospitals, you can join postnatal exercise classes that are tailored to your needs and abilities. You can also do some gentle exercises at home, such as walking, pelvic tilts, kegels or yoga. Avoid high-impact exercises, heavy lifting or abdominal crunches until your obstetrician or midwife gives you the clearance. Drink plenty of water and stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.
 
In the private sector, you will usually have a postnatal visit with your private Obstetrician between 4 and 8 weeks of giving birth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your postnatal care, you can always contact your obstetrician or midwife for guidance and support. You can also reach out to other organisations that offer postnatal services in Australia, such as:

 

We hope you enjoy this special time with your baby and take good care of yourself.

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