Hospital care during recovery

by Kaiser Permanente |
Doctor handing a new born baby to the mother.

We monitor your recovery while you are in the hospital. After you give birth, the people on your health care team:

  • Massage your lower abdomen after birth to help contract the uterus, reduce blood loss, and prevent hemorrhage.
  • Take your blood pressure for the first several hours.
  • Check for and repair any vaginal tears.
  • Advise pain medication for severe tearing.
  • Remove any IV line or epidural catheter.

This article has been created by a national group of Kaiser Permanente ob-gyns, certified nurse-midwives, pediatricians, lactation consultants and other specialists who came together to provide you with the best pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and newborn information.

Some of the content is used and adapted with permission of The Permanente Medical Group.