When your new bundle of joy arrives, everyone from your mother-in-law to your neighbour will be eager to give you advice on how to take care of your baby and look after yourself. While they mean well, they’re not parenting experts, but midwives are. To have a positive postnatal experience you deserve, here are 5 things new parents need to know after having a baby – given by midwives.
1) You don’t have to see family and friends straight away!
We know there’s a lot of pressure to introduce your newborn to family and friends – they have been waiting nine months to meet them too – but here’s the thing: taking your time is not selfish, it’s essential. You deserve time alone, with uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact to work out your baby’s cues at your own pace. Do they want food? Do they just want to cuddle? This knowledge won’t come instantly.
This past year has been tough for everybody and, as things return to normal, people may be keener than ever to visit, but do you want to a whole host of guests on your first night at home, cooing over baby whilst you sit exhausted in a blood-soaked adult nappy?
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