Post-childbirth recovery and support in Richmond
At Johnston-Willis Hospital, you receive constant support and encouragement after labor and delivery, both in the hospital and after discharge. Our team provides you and your baby with the proper resources and tools to ensure you are as prepared as possible once you return home.
For more information about our postpartum care services, please call (804) 320-3627.
We pride ourselves on being with you and your family every step of the way. Our postpartum care services include:
- Skin-to-skin contact: We encourage skin-to-skin contact after birth, which is placing your baby bareskinned on your chest immediately after he or she is born. This type of contact has many benefits, including increasing the bond between you and your child, lowering their stress level and keeps your baby's temperature, heart rate and breathing more stable. Getting more skin-to-skin contact in the hours after delivery and during your time in the hospital helps boost these benefits.
- Family-centered care: We practice couplet care (also known as rooming in), so you and your partner can get to know your baby in a private setting. This means your baby stays with you in the room at all times, even during examinations. The same nurse cares for you and your baby.
- A celebratory meal: We help make your experience memorable by providing you and your partner a special, complimentary meal after your baby's birth.
- Comprehensive breastfeeding support: Johnston-Willis has earned the Virginia Department of Health's "breastfeeding-friendly" designation for our efforts to promote and support breastfeeding among new mothers. Whether you're experiencing pain in your nipples or are unable to get your baby to latch, our specially trained lactation consultants will help. After discharge, you can call a consultant at (804) 483-2253. We also offer at-home consultations and breastfeeding support groups.
- Access to donor milk: If your baby needs more breast milk that you can supply, we offer donated breast milk from other mothers.
- Ongoing support and counseling: It is natural to feel overwhelmed with the challenges of motherhood, but you do not have to do it alone. You can find 24/7 support for postpartum depression at our sister hospital, Chippenham Hospital.
- Baby photography: Johnston-Willis partners with Mom365 for newborn portraits and an online gallery for family and friends. Learn more about the Mom365 experience.
Benefits of breastfeeding
If you choose to breastfeed, you're providing your baby many long-lasting health advantages he or she could not get through other means—and helping yourself out as well.
Benefits for your baby:
- A stronger immune system
- Less chance of constipation, reflux and other gastrointestinal issues since breast milk is easily digestible
- Fewer illnesses (and if baby does get sick, they're generally for a shorter duration)
- Reduced risk of SIDS
Benefits for mom:
- Less postpartum bleeding
- Reduced risk of certain cancers
- Increased rate of weight loss after birth
- More cost-efficient than purchasing formula
- More convenient than having to prepare and clean bottles
- Fewer instances of missing work since baby gets sick less often