Hospital care during recovery

by Kaiser Permanente |

We monitor your recovery while you are in the hospital. Members of your health care team:

  • Massage your lower abdomen immediately after birth to contract the uterus, stop bleeding, and prevent hemorrhage.
  • Check your blood pressure for the first several hours after birth.
  • Evaluate and repair any vaginal tears.
  • Recommend 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.