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Postpartum

OVERVIEW OF RESOURCES

Below outlines links to various important resources and special topics we encourage you to review. If you would like to return to these resources later either scan the QR code on your "Postpartum Postcard" or visit www.midlandmidwives.ca/postpartum.

*Note these resources are provided for educational purposes only. We do not endorse any specific resource. Information provided here is not intended to replace direct care and health advice provided by your Midwife. If you have any specific questions about you or your baby's health, please consult your Midwife.

Please click the links below to open PDF or web page.

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5 IN 1 BIRTH REGISTRATION

Register the birth of your new baby with the province of Ontario through the 5-in-1 newborn bundle, apply for a birth certificate and get the documents you need. 

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ALL ABOUT INFANT FORMULA

This booklet will help with informed decision making regarding infant feeding. The booklet also provides information on safe preparation, storage and feeding of formula.

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BILIARY ATRESIA AND TREATMENT

Biliary atresia is a rare but serious disease of the liver and bile ducts. In biliary atresia, bile cannot get from the liver to the stool, causing acholic (pale in colour) stool.

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BREASTFEEDING: IDENTIFYING A GOOD LATCH

This video shows why good attachment is so important to breastfeeding success and how to help mothers deeply latch the baby to the breast.

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CARING FOR YOUR BABY AT NIGHT

A guide for parents and caregivers on how to care for your baby during the night, including tips for partners.

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EXPRESSING MILK

This handout discusses how to express breast milk by hand or pump, reasons to express milk, and how to store expressed milk.

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FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES

This handout is a list of local community programs that offer food and baby items to those in need.

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HOW TO IDENTIFY FEEDING CUES

This handout provides information and photos on early, mid, and late feeding cues.

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HOW TO PREPARE & FEED INFANT FORMULA

Babies who are not breastfed or are partially breastfed will need a commercial infant
formula. How to prepare and feed ready-to-feed infant formula.

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INFANT STOOL COLOUR CARD

Check your baby's stool (poop) colour every day for the first month after birth to screen for biliary atresia.

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LIST OF ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

A list of community practitioners who will see pregnant people.

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NEWBORN'S FIRST WEEK

This resource shares what a typical newborn's first 7 days earth side looks like. It includes information on pee and poop output, weight gain, tummy size, and more.

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NORMAL NEWBORN BEHAVIOUR

Newborns look and act differently than older babies and children, as they are adjusting to life outside the womb. This handout helps you figure out what is "normal".

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POSTPARTUM MATERNAL HANDOUT

This handout provides important information on postpartum care for the mother. It also includes information on when to page your Midwife postpartum.

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STORIES & TEACHINGS ABOUT NEWBORN CARE

Many Indigenous communities have ceremonies and feasts to welcome a baby into the community. Here are some stories and teachings from Elders and Indigenous Midwives.

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TIPS FOR SAFE BED SHARING

The "Safe Sleep Seven" gives parents and caregivers a research-based framework for
discussions about nighttime safety and a way to evaluate the risk in each family’s situation.

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WHAT IS JAUNDICE?

Jaundice is a common condition that affects 60% to 80% of newborn babies in their first weeks of life. Learn why babies get jaundice, how your baby will be tested for jaundice, and more.

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