The postpartum period, also known as the puerperium, begins with the delivery of the baby and placenta, up to six
weeks after delivery.

Healthcare providers should be aware of the medical and psychological needs of the postpartum mother, and sensitive to cultural differences that surround childbirth, which may involve eating particular foods and restricting certain activities.

Postpartum care services

The mother and baby should be seen at 6 hours after birth and again before discharge if in a health facility (and anytime the mother reports concern about herself and her baby) or approximately 6 hours after delivery at home.

The routine follow up visits are at 6 days and 6 weeks, and have the following components:

  • Counselling
  • Assessment and management of observed or reported problems. Check for hypertension, anaemia, vaginal
    bleeding and discharge, uterine infection, puerperal fever, malaria, UTI, urine dribbling, pus or perineal pain,
    postpartum depression, breast problems, HIV and any other complaint