Mother holding baby skin to skinWe have developed a number of resources to support you and your family after birth. After being discharged from the hospital, you will be contacted by a public health nurse who will offer a visit. Your public health nurse will:

  • provide a physical assessment of the birthing parent and newborn
  • give support for coping with the emotional adjustment to parenting
  • provide information on nutrition, safety in the home and other topics of interest
  • provide information about or referral to other services that could support you in your parenting journey

If you have general concerns about yourself or the well-being of your new baby, wish to discuss specific concerns regarding newborn care, postpartum depression or difficulties or would simply like reassurance that everything is going well, please call a Public Health Nurse near you.

Emotional Support

It is normal for parents to go through a period of adjustment period following the birth of a child and it is expected that most new birthing parents will experience a wide range of strong emotions. Up to 75% of new birthing parents say they experience “baby blues” usually beginning a few days after childbirth and fading away on their own within a couple of weeks.

During the ‘baby blues’, you may feel weepy, overwhelmed, irritable, anxious, fatigued and have trouble sleeping. If these feelings don’t go away or worsen, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. If this is the case, there are many places to get help:

  • talk to your public health nurse, your doctor or your midwife
  • if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, are feeling out of control or that you can’t cope, please call:
    • 24-hour Crisis Service: 888-617-7715 or 204-326-9276
    • 24-hour Manitoba Suicide Line: 877-435-7170