No matter how many books you read or how many babies you’ve helped take care of, becoming a mom or dad for the first time is something that you can never fully prepare for. Whether you’re the birthing parent or not, your hormones will change, and your life will change dramatically as you go on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Have a look at this Healthy Families BC video to watch other new parents experience the early days and get practical advice on caring for your baby.
If you’ve given birth at a hospital, a Public Health Nurse will call you 24-48 hours after you get home to see how you are doing. If you are receiving care from a midwife after your delivery, your Public Health Nurse will contact you 6-8 weeks after the birth. If you haven’t been contacted, or if you have questions before then, you can find your local health unit and give them a call.