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Post-Partum Care Center

Going home with baby: Here’s help


Coming home from the hospital with a new baby can be an overwhelming time for new parents. That’s why St. Anthony’s offers a free follow-up visit to the Family Birth Center, to ensure that babies are thriving and to provide one-on-one lactation counseling to nursing mothers. St. Anthony’s is the only hospital in the metropolitan area to offer this service for free.

“The Post-Partum Care Center is where mothers can come when breastfeeding is difficult or problematic,” said 25-year veteran nurse Nancy Watson, R.N., who shares duties with lactation nurses Lisa Schumacher, R.N., and Martha Brennan, R.N. “We try to head off those problems and work with the mother and baby to solve them and give mother the confidence that she can breastfeed her baby.”

The nurses also do a weight check on the baby, document the information and send it to the pediatrician’s office.

Frequently, the nurses host a return visit from moms and their babies – at five, eight or nine months — to show how well they’re doing and express their thanks.

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

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