Postpartum & Newborn Home Visits

Illustration of a mother holding her infant child

Women with high risk prenatal conditions can receive home visits from public health nurses who monitor and provide education for their high-risk condition. Public Health nurses also provide postpartum home visits that include physical assessments for mother and baby, teaching and support.  

HOME VISITS FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

Home visits are provided to newly delivered women and their newborn living in Wake County who: 

  • Received prenatal care through the WCHS Prenatal Clinic G 
  • Received prenatal care through WakeMed’s high risk prenatal clinic 
  • Received prenatal care through private doctor's offices and receive Medicaid benefits 
  • Delivered with no prenatal care 

Families receive: 

  • Physical assessments, including BP check for mom and weight check for baby 
  • Teaching and support 
  • Information about and assistance linking with community resources 
  • Interventions designed to promote family health and well being 

AS PART OF YOUR POSTPARTUM CARE

(After you deliver) 

New moms are provided a home visit after they deliver, to check on the mother and the newborn. For you, as a new mother during the postpartum period, teaching may include: 

  • Emotional changes/family support 
  • Physical changes 
  • Postpartum blues 
  • Postpartum exercises 
  • Family support 
  • Birth control 
  • Diet 
  • Postpartum check-up 
  • How to take care of your baby 
  • Other medical follow-up 

POSTPARTUM 6-WEEK CHECK-UP

  • You should leave the hospital with an appointment for your 6-week check-up. If you do not receive an appointment, call 919-250-1004 and leave a message. Someone will call you back. 

High-risk prenatal conditions often benefit from home visits during the pregnancy for follow-up and teaching: 

  • The Public Health Nurse, under the direction of your physician, will check your high-risk conditions during a home visit and report any abnormal findings to your health care provider. 
  • Your monthly home visit will provide additional teaching about your high-risk condition and how to take care of yourself during your pregnancy. 
  • You will receive support in preparing for your baby and the changes you will experience as a new mother. 

 

Contact Us

For more information contact us at 919-250-1004  or [email protected]