Postpartum Conditions & Care

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In the days and weeks after pregnancy and delivery, you will experience various changes as your body adjusts.  Our maternity experts specialize in postpartum treatment and care.

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Postpartum conditions

Before birth, your provider may review your risk factors for potential conditions including postpartum hemorrhage and other disorders that could occur after delivery. These include:

  • Postpartum blood clots
  • Postpartum skin conditions
  • Postpartum heart conditions

Our highly trained specialists will develop a postpartum care plan to manage your condition.

Postpartum physical and pelvic health

Pain and leakage after childbirth are common postpartum conditions that can worsen over time. A pelvic physical therapist can help you manage your symptoms and reduce discomfort. And no referral is usually required.

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Postpartum depression and baby blues

The terms postpartum depression (PPD) and "baby blues" are often used interchangeably. Although these postpartum conditions may have similar symptoms, they generally differ in terms of timeline and the severity of symptoms.

Baby blues can involve mood swings, irritability and sadness, with symptoms typically lasting up to two weeks after childbirth. This condition occurs in four out of five women.

Postpartum depression symptoms are usually more severe, resulting in extreme stress, aggression or feelings of detachment. PPD surfaces within weeks or months after delivery and can last a year or longer. One out of five women experience postpartum depression.

What causes postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression can happen because of physical changes to your estrogen, progesterone or thyroid hormones after giving birth. Stress and sleep deprivation can also contribute to PPD.

There isn't one specific cause of postpartum depression, but certain factors can increase your risk. Talk to your caregiver to understand your postpartum symptoms and the treatment options available.

Make sure to talk to your doctor about any physical or emotional changes you may experience after delivery. They will help evaluate you and work with you on a plan to help address any concerns.

Postpartum depression symptoms

Postpartum depression symptoms can make it hard to perform everyday tasks or care for your baby. These symptoms can increase or linger for weeks. Addressing postpartum depression early can improve the bond between you and your baby and boost your sense of well-being and happiness.

Postpartum depression symptoms may include:

  • Feelings that you're not a good mother
  • Severe mood swings
  • Appetite changes
  • Panic attacks and anxiety
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Anger and irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Thoughts of harming your baby or yourself
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Postpartum Support Resources

We're here when you need us. If you need guidance or aren’t sure where to turn for help, our registered nurses are available 24 hours a day.


We also offer free, confidential support groups and online resources for new parents, like a Postpartum 101 Virtual Class. For more information and to register, email