Guidance for Postpartum Care

It is important to know that care does not end after the comprehensive postpartum visit.1

Postpartum care plan

To optimize the health of women and babies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends postpartum care should be an ongoing process—not just a single visit—with services and support tailored to each woman’s individual needs. The postpartum care plan should include1:

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Anticipatory guidance regarding signs and symptoms of perinatal depression or anxiety

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Discussion and establishing a care team, baby-feeding plan, and reproductive life plan. Schedule postpartum visits

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Management recommendations for women with anxiety, depression, or other psychiatric issues identified during pregnancy or in the postpartum period

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Following up regarding the mother’s overall physical health, including monitoring any chronic health conditions, adverse pregnancy outcomes/complications, or postpartum recovery

ACOG Recommends

It is important to know that care does not end after the comprehensive postpartum visit.1

OB/GYNs and other obstetric care providers should ensure that women, their families, and their employers understand that the comprehensive postpartum visit does not diminish the need for continued recovery and support beyond 6 weeks postpartum.1

ACOG Committee Opinions

Get the latest guidance from ACOG on optimizing postpartum care.

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Committee opinion: optimizing postpartum care. Obstet Gynecol. 2018;736.