Postpartum Care

  • Dwenda K. Gjerdingen


The postpartum period is for many parents a time of mixed emotions and experiences. The immediate joy of giving birth to a child is soon colored by a sense of heavy responsibility and dramatic change. Additionally, mothers and sometimes fathers often face significant physical and emotional problems after childbirth. Some of these problems begin prior to delivery (e.g., hypertension, carpal tunnel syndrome, or hemorrhoids), and others develop afterward, including such potentially serious complications as hemorrhage or depression, and the less serious, though troublesome, discomforts associated with the process of childbirth. Although it has traditionally been assumed that recovery from childbirth is complete within 6 weeks, investigators are beginning to challenge this assumption,1 and there is good evidence that several problems persist far beyond this period.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Postpartum Period Postpartum Depression Postpartum Hemorrhage Early Postpartum Period 
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