ACOG released new recommendations for postpartum contact in a Committee Opinion "Optimizing Postpartum Care" that recognizes more frequent and comprehensive services during the postpartum period can help to identify problems, offer treatment and refer to other professionals.
Talking about feelings is a skill that serves people well at all stages of their life. LCCE Mallory Emerson introduces us to the January Brilliant Activites for Birth Educators idea that helps facilitate conversations from the heart about the emotions surrounding pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
A study published in May 2017 examined the impact of a childbirth education course based on mindfulness principles on the pain experienced during childbirth and the ability to handle that pain on a physiological level as well as adjust to the postpartum period.
Childbirth educators and other birth professionals can be a resource for pregnant and postpartum families by providing resources that they might find helpful during these stressful times. Here are some resources.
Diastasis recti is a condition that may develop during pregnancy for some people. The study "Postnatal Exercise Can Reverse Diastasis Recti" indicated that people who began exercises to repair this separation in the postpartum period had equal success as those that exercised prenatally.