Just in time for Mother’s Day, American moms may be getting the ultimate gift of healthcare in the form of earlier postpartum care.
On the very day Kate Middleton emerged from the hospital to pose for photos a mere seven hours after giving birth to her third child, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced important, new guidelines in postnatal care. American mothers have traditionally had their first check up six weeks following childbirth. The College is now recommending that this initial doctor visit take place at three weeks. Women undergo many physical and emotional changes following childbirth, so it is important that the so-called “4 th Trimester” care begin sooner. These earlier exams will be helpful in detecting and treating postpartum depression, breastfeeding challenges, and many other potential health concerns for both mother and child.
If physicians offer widespread support of these recommendations and insurance companies subsequently cover earlier check ups, this would be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift indeed. With affordable child care in the U.S. lacking and many mothers going back to work sooner than their counterparts in other countries, as many as 40 percent of new moms aren’t able make their six week follow up. They’d be much more likely to see the doctor sooner at the three week mark.
The ACOG’s new guidelines have also been endorsed by The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
The recommendations include:
- Women should visit their physician within three weeks of childbirth with ongoing care as needed.
- The visit should cover physical, emotional, and social well-being.
- Insurance companies should cover postpartum care as ongoing care, not just a single visit.
- Doctors should inform women of their specific risks if there were complications during pregnancy or if there are related, chronic health concerns.
The Finnbin team also believes ongoing postpartum care would present more
opportunities for physicians to check in with families about safe sleep practices and how their babies are sleeping in general. Since Finnbin’s goal is to help parents provide safe sleep environments for their newborns with our decorative, made-in- America baby boxes, we feel it’s important that sleep matters be addressed during these fourth trimester doctor visits as a way of helping to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In addition to providing portable, safe sleep environments for infants, Finnbin baby boxes come packed with high quality products designed to care for both babies and their moms. They make unique gifts for expectant moms on Mother’s Day, and they’re also a highly thoughtful baby shower presents. Baby boxes help new moms feel more prepared to meet and care for their newborns!