OB Follow-up

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Norton Healthcare offers extensive postpartum care, beginning immediately after your baby is born. While our team of highly trained labor and delivery nurses will provide much of your postpartum care at the hospital, your OB/GYN or midwife will continue to assess your recovery during your stay.

Before you go home, your OB/GYN or midwife will perform a physical exam to ensure your health and well-being.

Follow-up Visit

Within the first week after leaving the hospital, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your provider four to six weeks after delivery. An earlier follow-up visit might be needed in some cases. If you had a cesarean section, your provider likely will ask to see you in about two weeks.

Even if you’re recovery is going smoothly and you’re feeling well, a follow-up checkup is a crucial part of postpartum care.

Topics you may want to discuss with your OB/GYN or midwife at this appointment include:

  • Birth control
  • Breastfeeding issues
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Postpartum bleeding
  • Postpartum mental health
  • Recommended exercise
  • Resuming sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal pain

Your postpartum exam may serve as your annual gynecological visit, so you can expect a pelvic exam, including a pap smear, and a breast check.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to your follow-up appointment, it’s important to reach out to your provider.

What to Expect from Norton Women’s Care

More mothers in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose to deliver their babies at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital than with any other hospital system in the area.

We deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. We’re close to you with more than 90 providers at more than 25 locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Choosing Norton Women’s Care gives you many options for how delivery day could go — all with the confidence of knowing that our obstetrics and pediatric specialists are there to help. With Norton Women’s Care, you’ll find:

  • The birth experience you want: You can choose natural childbirth, a midwife, labor tub, nitrous oxide and other birthing options. We’ll recommend a C-section (cesarean section) or induced labor only if it’s medically necessary.
  • Preparation: Our specialists offer the support you need, including free Lamaze and other childbirth classesnew parent classesbreastfeeding supportchild safety classes and more.
  • Confidence and quality in care: Norton Women’s Care has been recognized as High Performing — the highest rating available — for maternity care with fewer complications and C-sections, plus breastfeeding support and other benefits.
  • We offer the highest-level (Level IV) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Louisville and Southern Indiana at Norton Children’s Hospital, and a sophisticated Level III NICU at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
  • Around-the-clock OB/GYN care is available at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital emergency departments.
  • Our board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists  can help guide you through a high-risk pregnancy, from treating preexisting diabetes in the pregnant patient to a fetal echocardiogram to diagnose a congenital heart condition before a baby is born.
  • Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans are accepted.
  • Convenient access to your medical record: Communicate with your health care provider, get lab results, renew prescriptions and more through your free Norton MyChart account.

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