The period after delivery of the baby is a significant time for the mother. Referred to as the postpartum period, the several weeks after delivery of the child, involves physical and hormonal changes in the woman’s body (Human Kinetics, 2009). All mothers experience different changes during this period. However, there are common means of effectively responding to and managing these changes occurring after delivery.
What to Do
Postnatal clinic sessions are critical after delivery. As a female experiencing post partum effects, attending these postnatal clinic appointments would be of immense help for successful adjusting, during this period. Clinic sessions would help in delineating changes that any woman should expect after delivery. Postnatal health care providers play an essential role of monitoring the progress made by the new mothers during this time. Attending these health care programs would enable examination on progress during this adjustment process and ascertain protection of the mother’s health. Any case requiring further medical intervention, including counseling, would be effectively identified and the concerned females attended to properly.
Consulting the doctor in charge of the post natal clinic is crucial to deal effectively with any issues arising during this period. Persistent low moods, especially the feelings of sadness, despair, overwhelm, apathy and low self esteem would be indicative of postpartum depression. Being in close consultation with the doctor would help to relieve these emotions and gain support in the recovery process. This would also aid one in adjusting appropriately during the period and gradually understanding the means of managing the changes (Human Kinetics, 2009). This is profoundly vital for the first time mothers.
It is essential, as a female, to accept these changes as normal and part of the transition period towards normalcy. Post partum blues are common to all females after delivery and the new mother should strive to ensure she manages herself during this period with the help of other family members. It will be vital to develop a sense of self esteem and confidence in taking care of the child. Growing closer to the child during breast feeding and sensory stimulation would also help alleviate the maternal blues. The baby would have a great effect in facilitating the mother’s successful adjustment during this time.
Sensory Stimulation of the Baby
Providing a wide range of sensory stimulation to the infants from their first hours after birth is critical for their development. To all the infants’ caregivers, especially for the first-time parents, it is essential to know that the babies primarily learn via their senses. This necessitates stimulation of their sensory systems. Regarding the amount of stimulation the infants require, the caregivers should strive to appeal to their five senses. During periods when the infant is awake and not resting, stimulating their response would assist them in beginning to understand their environment, and gradually know the meaning behind different things (Altmann & American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006). A lot of sensory stimulation would be vital for their development. It would not be just a matter of quantity, but quality as well. In this regard, the sensory stimulation should involve a variety of exercises that would appeal to all the senses.
It would, however, be appropriate to ensure the infant has enough rest before and after these exercises. The baby should also be well fed and be in a relaxed mood during sensory stimulation. Being relaxed and satisfied ensures the baby would be receptive to these stimulations. The infants would not find these sessions irritating when they are comfortable. Choosing the most appropriate time for sensory stimulation ensures the infants enjoy the seemingly playful acts and learn in the process (Altmann & American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006). The whole process is to make sure the baby integrates various stimuli around them and acclimatizes to their environment. This would in essence require the baby to experience freedom, security, relaxation, satisfaction and comfort among other positive qualities, which are all preconditions for effective interaction between the infants and their caregivers.