You and Your Baby
Your entire world changes from the precious moment your child is born. You may be feeling overjoyed with emotion and yet unsure or overwhelmed as a new mom. If this baby is your second or third child, things might be a little different this time. Regardless, you may be unsure about what to expect in the days, weeks and months ahead. There are normal feelings but there are some things you can do to feel better so that you and your baby stay healthy.
Rest and Support
If you can rest in the first few weeks by taking naps when the baby sleeps or getting someone to watch the baby while you rest, that will help. You may need some support from relatives and friends to get through the time immediately after delivery. It would be nice to have some help with housework, laundry and shopping if possible. Perhaps you can give your friends or relatives a list of items to shop for, or put one of them in charge of assigning tasks to your network of support.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water and using good hygiene are always important, but now more than ever it is the most effective way to prevent infection for you and your baby. Ask all visitors to wash their hands well with soap and water before holding the baby.
Take One Day at a Time
Consider how you’re feeling and take it slow. While it is an exciting, dynamic time of change and growth, it’s important that you take your healing seriously, one day at a time. You may have some vaginal bleeding or discharge—these are normal consequences after childbirth. You may also feel after pains, which are contractions or cramping of the uterus. Take the medications prescribed by your doctors and care team. There may be additional things that are a part of the healing process after you have a baby. Learn more about caring for yourself after delivery.
If you are breastfeeding, it may take some time and practice for you and your baby, in order for it to feel natural and happen regularly. It is best to bond and start right away, within the first hour after birth. Babies are born with reflexes to help them breastfeed but latching on may take some getting used to! There are some things to consider in your diet and things to avoid that are also important for you and your baby.
Newborn Photography at University of Colorado Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital has partnered with Picture This Photography to offer all new mothers a free in room newborn photography session. Picture This' professional photographer will stop by your room to schedule a time for your free newborn session. You may also call Picture This at 412-781-2300 to schedule a time.
Working with the beautiful Colorado sunlight, your photographer will capture those precious first moments of your newborn’s life. Your session includes a variety of poses capturing all those little features that define who your baby is. Your photographer would be happy to include an older brother and sister along with mom and dad to begin to make memories of your new family.
Each session takes place in your hospital room and lasts around 10 minutes. After your session, your images are professionally edited to the vision of the photographer. Your images are then uploaded to our Picture This website for you and your family to view. All of your images are both email and password protected.
With multiple packages and novelty items to choose from, you can find the perfect items to fill your family's needs. You may also purchase all your images on a CD with a copy release to share with family and friends all over the world.
Ideas for your newborn session:
- A nice soft blanket of a neutral or simple color
- Simple bow or ribbon for the girls
- Knit hat and booty's for the boys
- Simple clothing works best for the pictures
- Parents hands and arms maybe included in the photos
- Simple nail polish looks best
- Parents should bring a simple black or brown shirt to wear for photos
Picture This Photography owns all the rights to the images to use for display or promotional purposes.