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Last Updated: Oct 31, 2019
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Postnatal Care: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is Postnatal Care? How is the treatment done? Are there any side effects? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent?

What is Postnatal Care?

Postnatal care is extremely crucial for the new born baby and the mother as both maternal and infant deaths usually occur in the first few hours of giving birth. The child needs constant care and attention from the mother where early and exclusive breastfeeding, providing hygienic skin and umbilical cord care, keeping the baby warm should all be prioritized. In the postnatal care treatment period, the child and the mother are not to be sent home as the first 24 hours is extremely important. A number of practices help reduce the risk for the child and the mother during these hours. This treatment includes the assessment and counseling for the mother prior to the discharge from a health facility. The key elements in this treatment include counseling and educating the mothers about any possible danger signs and what steps should be taken immediately in times of need.

Postnatal care is extremely important for children who are born to early or too small. Babies who suffer from different kinds of infection or are asphyxiated during the time of delivery need immediate postnatal care. In order to keep the child and mother safe from any kind of danger, postnatal care is of utmost importance.

How is the treatment done?

In the postnatal care session women are informed about the methods of taking care of the baby right after giving birth. The mother along with the partner and the family are instructed about the same. The session informs the concerned about the possible danger signs which should be noticed and how to deal with a situation demanding immediate care. It also considers the needs and concerns of depressed postnatal women.

The counseling session assesses the situation right after birth and tries to identify the problems which may arise during the crucial hours. Postnatal examination helps the medical examiner to identify if there is anything unusual with the baby or the mother. For childbirth at home, the mother and the baby should get the postnatal examination at the earliest, preferably within 24 hours of the delivery. For women who give birth in a medical facility, the examination should be done before discharge. Women should be informed about the importance of having someone around and prioritizing postnatal visits along with being punctual about such visits. The importance of eating healthy and getting enough rest and sleep should also be stressed upon during these examinations.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

Women who have just given birth and their infants are only eligible for the treatment. It is a must for every new mother and her new born baby to get postnatal care. Postnatal care is not restricted to women who give birth in a health facility alone. It should be provided to every mother, even if the birthing process takes place within their house.

Women who have just given birth and their infants are only eligible for the treatment. However, the women’s partner and family should also be a part of the session in order to know more about dealing with urgent situations. It is a must for every new mother and her new born baby to get postnatal care. Postnatal care is not restricted to women who give birth in a health facility. It should be provided to every mother, even if the childbirth takes place within their house.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

After a year or more of giving birth, women do not need this treatment. This session is specifically for women who have just given birth and for their new born babies.

Are there any side effects?

Since this session focuses on providing information to women about taking care of their newborns and identifying signs of danger, there is no side effect to the procedure.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no post treatment guidelines for postnatal care.

How long does it take to recover?

Postnatal care session is done immediately after the delivery or within the next 24 hours of child birth. This session does not need any recovery period as such.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price for postnatal treatment can go up to Rs 30,000 in many facilities.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Postnatal care session is a counseling and examination session which is needed for the new mother and infant, right after birth. Since postnatal care is mostly a counseling session, the key points should be kept in mind only for the period after giving birth.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 19 years old and have given birth to a baby boy. I want to ask the question relating about postnatal bleeding. I had postnatal bleeding for 25 days and it got stopped for 8 days and again started and it's 5th day now and am getting excess bleeding along with blood clots. Is it normal?

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Hello, Get yourself examined for any infection or retained products of conception by your gynecologist/obstetrician.
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What could b done for postnatal hair fall? its been three months since i've had my baby. And now past one month I am having hair fall. Please help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hi. Let me tell you about hairfall. In layman's language, hairfall can be divided into 2 types - temporary hairfall and permanent which is called 'Hairloss' rather and leads to bald areas of smooth and shiny surface. In temporary hairfall, hair gr...
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Hi Doc, my wife delivered on 04/05/17 with C-section but after delivery she looks fatty. Specially in tummy area so she can use postnatal pregnancy belt? To reduce fat of tummy area.

B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
its good , if she use belt,but after 3 months- she can starts diets. because its good , if she shut down as early as possible. day by day it turns in to stubborn fat.

I am in postnatal period around 24 days during pregnancy period I gain 20 kg. Around 78 kg presently now 72 kg. Now want tips to shed this weight and back to get my original weight of 55 kg.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, You should opt certain post natal exercise to bring you back to pre pregnancy stage. Go for aerobics with Pelvic floor & abdominal exercise. Tummy exercise. Go for meditation to reduce your stress inorder to enshape your body. Tk, plenty of...

I had undergone postnatal depression after my first delivery very much suffering not without my concentration like, Now for my first baby almost 5 completing, Is it ok can I plan for second baby, because I am getting afraid thinking first delivery incident.

BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Hello. If you are now healthy from all aspects, then you can plan for second pregnancy, because its not necessary that same thing will happen again and again.
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