Postnatal Tips: Choosing A Home Health Care Provider & What To Expect

Posted on: 12 November 2015

Your little bundle of joy is nearing his or her exit, and you have to plan for your rest and bonding time, which most experts agree is about 40 days. 40 days can be a long time, and you will need a little help, especially if you abstain from home-related labor. The following guide will help you choose the right home care provider and show you what you can expect from him or her. 

How To Choose The Right Provider

The following tips should help you find the right care provider at this fragile time:

  • Make sure you are clearly given a guideline of the services that the health care worker will provide.
  • Check to see if the health care provider is accredited through a third program.
  • You need to be given an official document stating the rights you have as a patient.

You can talk to your home health care provider about other things that the agency you are considering can offer, and don't be afraid to compare. 

What You Can Expect

The following are things you should require from the caregiver that you choose:


You should understand that you might be weak for some time after giving birth, so the caregiver you choose should be able to take care of some simple chores that include cleaning and cooking. You should make sure the caregiver is aware of healthy food options that may help speed up your recovery and keep your breast-milk rich in nutrients.

Potential Issues

There is a slight chance that you could develop postnatal problems, and your caregiver should be aware of some of those signs, such as sudden heavy bleeding accompanied with dizziness, which could indicate a postpartum hemorrhage. There are other problems that could arise, and he or she should know every possibility to make sure you get to your doctor if something does happen. 

Breastfeeding Issues

Breastfeeding might affect your nipples, and your home care provider should help minimize the pain you are feeling. This could be by using ice-packs after feeding or showing you how to massage your breast and nipple area. Or he or she may help by keeping you next to your baby at all times to ensure you feed your baby as soon as he or she is hungry. A hungry baby is sometimes the cause of irritated nipples. 

For more information, contact Champion Home Health Care or a similar location.