You’ve just had a baby, perhaps the most awe-inspiring experience in life. The prospect of caring for your new little one can seem at once thrilling and overwhelming. The Wifeys are here to help.
Immediately after birth we monitor mother and newborn until stable. We also conduct a thorough newborn exam. We offer Vitamin K injection and eye prophylaxis, if desired by the parents. While at the birth center and during subsequent postpartum visits to your home, we will support you, your partner and family members in learning to care for your newborn (or simply help carry some of the load if the baby is not your first child).
We make sure that everyone in the household is comfortable with the new child, and ready to master the basic of caring for the new baby. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newborn Care Basics
All the podcasts and blog posts in the world can’t prepare you for what it is really like to hold, feed and care for the new life you just brought into the world. Your baby is unique, and the experience of learning to care for your baby is uniquely your own. Among the basics that we cover are the following:
Handling a newborn baby
Supporting your newborn’s neck
Swaddling your baby, which provides great comfort to most infants
Breastfeeding support, including latching techniques
What to expect with sleep cycles (or the lack thereof immediately following birth)
Benefits of co-sleeping and how to do so safely
Burping the baby to release gas
Changing your newborn’s diaper
What to expect from your baby’s bowel movements (hint: it’s not like an adults)
Bathing your baby
Cleaning the umbilical cord
Caring for a circumcision, should you choose to have one
Dressing your baby
Clearing the baby’s nasal passages
Taking your baby’s temperature
Tips for soothing your baby
Schedule of Newborn Care Visits
One of The Wifeys will visit your home at 24-36 hours, and again at 3 to 5 days. Subsequent appointments will take place at the birth center, one at 7 to 10 days, 2 to 4 weeks and again at 6 weeks. Additional visits as needed or requested are included in the Birth Package.
· Insurance billing, payment plan and financing available.
· Credit card and HSA card payments accepted.
· Ask us about our Birth Package, which includes prenatal care, labor care, postpartum care, and state-of-the-art birthing rooms with a water birth tub.
The Monterey Birth & Wellness Center is one of only 18 accredited birth centers in California, and the only one in central California. Accreditation is a mark of quality and expertise achieved by relatively few freestanding birth centers in the U.S.A. Learn more about the standards for accreditation at the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers website.
Providing midwifery care to Monterey County and some areas of San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties: Seaside, Monterey, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Salinas, Prunedale, Spreckels, Soledad, Gonzales, King City, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Moss Landing, Castroville, Watsonville, Freedom, Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel and Capitola.