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How to write a postpartum plan

How to write a postpartum plan


You may have written a birth plan to indicate your preferences for the big day, but what happens when you take your baby home?

While bringing home a new bundle is one of the most beautiful and emotional experiences in the world, it’s also a period that can be nerve-wracking and destabilizing. But with a little planning and preparation, you can take a lot of the guesswork and apprehension out of the first few months that follow the birth of your baby.

First of all, you are going to need a lot more help than you think you will need. We tend to think that if we can do something ourselves, then we should. This is absolutely not true postpartum. All of your energy needs to go toward healing your body and learning about your baby.

Second, the purpose of receiving support at this time is not to help your baby—it is to help you. It is to support you in getting your basic needs of food, comfort, and unconditional love met, and also to support you in deepening your self-confidence and trusting in your instincts as a mother.

Postpartum Plan template

Topics to cover in your postpartum plan:

  • Baby care in the hospital
  • Visitors
  • If mom is breastfeeding
  • If mom is napping
  • Self-care
  • Meal preparation and chores
  • List of important contacts

A prepared family is a happy family. Enjoy this special time!

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